Milford Sound Travel Blog› entry 18 of 23 › view all entries
We woke up early this morning and were eager to find out if the weather was good enough to fly over to Milford Sound. We had to wait until 9 to hear from the airline charter service we had booked, so had plenty of time to catch some breakfast. I went down to get a flat white while Mom and Dad got ready. I had a run in with the hostess at the hotel cafe -- she was a brash, screechy woman with a voice like nails on a chalkboard. She screened "gidday" at me as I entered that morning. I bid her good morning and headed for a table as I had every other morning I stayed there. She chased me down and demanded to know if I was alone. I told her two others would be joining me, and she screeched "how many?" at me.
Mom and Dad did finally join me, and the Screecher left them (and me) alone. We had some pancakes and coffee and chatted a bit about the day ahead before we headed back to the room to await the charter service call. At 9:10 we got the call that the weather was good, and our flight was a go. I was so happy to hear that, as we are to leave Queenstown the next day.
A taxi-van picked us up at the hotel at 9:30 and we headed to the airport.
We were met by a bus at the Milford airport, and taken over to the boats at the Sound. It was an absolutely gorgeous day -- not too hot, not too chilly (well, not too chilly for me, Mom was chilly -- even in her sweater). We were outside for most of the cruise. Miklefored sound is over 1000 feet deep and it rains a ton here. They average 7 to 9 meters of rain a year here. Mitre Peak is a famous landmark here. Its a triangle shaped peak that gets its name from the Mitre hat that bishops wear. We cruised right by the peak on our way out of the Sound. There are many permanent waterfalls here -- and also lots of intermittent falls that come and go with the rain.
Our pilot, Teresa was waiting for us as we got back to the plane. I got to ride in the co-pilots seat on the way back, so got lots of photos from the air. As we got close to Queenstown, we flew right over the Shotover River where we had jet boated the day before.
The taxi-van returned us to our hotel and our Milford Sound adventure was over. So glad we took the plane though, as I understand it takes several hours to get to the Sound via bus as you have so many mountains to cross.