(Jan) An amazing day. We'd paid out a lot of money for a coach/cruise to Milford Sound
- always a risk but it turned out to be worth every penny despite the rain and snow.
We had a bit of a nature commentary on the 2 hour coach journey travelling through varied and increasingly dramatic scenery with frequent photo stops. We were kept constantly amused byt the Japanese who always ran backwards and forwards to the coach and always took very static posed shots of each other in front of views.
The 'cruise' was amazing - through fjords with 1000 foot + sheer sides, water pouring off them because it was raining (there are advantages) and steam clouds rising from allt he spray. Very atmospheric and dramatic. Soooo beautiful and awesome yet again.
One of many views from coach
Sat with a Californian couple on the boat and talked earthquakes. They were surprise to discover that NZ gets more than they do. Difference is that there's a much smaller population so there is no one to really notice them!
(Rob) The guy had done a bungy jump yesterday from the original site in Queenstown
- his eyeballs were still in tact, but his bum appeared to be half way down his legs - he also had a very high voice for a Californian!
Milford was just amazing. It started snowing on the way down and by the time we got back on the road, there was a fresh fall of snow on the peaks. Black & white photgraphs of this area would look brilliant with the tonal display of greys, blues and shafts of light with their sharp edges piercing across the jagged shapes of the mountains (poetic eh?)
(Jan) Made use of the car tonight to go and look at Lake Manapouri reputedly one of the most beautiful. We saw it in blustery sunshine(ish) and showers but it was lovely. We had quite a good walk along Fraser's Beach and back. More people are arriving all the time on the site and some are in very odd looking home-made wagons converted from lorries and coaches.