Milford Sound, Mitre Peak....Paradise!
Milford Sound Travel Blog› entry 48 of 63 › view all entries
November 1st, 2008 – by: robkouw
So Saturday morning it was. The weather was shite at 6 am, didn't feel like getting up very quickly any more because Milford Sound while raining isn't any fun!
We gut up anyway, and at least we were sure that the waterfalls would have got lots of water today!
On the way from Te Anau to Milford, like an 2 hour drive, weather wasn't getting any better, so we couldn't stop at some, normally, nice lookout points. When we got to the Homer Tunnel it was very cloudy, still a bit of rain.
We arrived at 10.30 in Milford, our boat wasn't gonna leave by 12 oclock. The weather started to get better, clearing up over the Milford Sound. By then, the Sandflies had already started to irritate us, so we were glad to get onto the boat. Not before 2 last-minute buses of Japanese arrived ofcourse! :)
We got lots of pictures, big waterfalls here and there, but not really a clear view on the mountains.
Especially when you see the difference between the start of the boat trip and the end, you can imagine we were lucky!
We got back through the Homer Tunnel again, couldn't resist to make a picture, and then we found a few Kia birds flying around from the rooftops of the car. Beautiful birds, not scared of any people around, so got great pictures.
We stopped at Mirror Lake, a lake where oyu can normally see the mountains reflected in the lake, but because of the wind we couldn't see. We got to see an amazing Silverfern bench. Great!
After our trip to Te Anau we drove to Lake Manapouri to get a few shots, and then back to the motel in Te Anau. We watched the New Zealand-Australia rugby match there, All Blacks - Wallabies, which 'we' one ofcourse.
Next morning would be off from Te Anau, past Queenstown to do the Shotover Jet boat ride, which we couldn't do last week because of the weather, and then onto Oamaru to spend the night there.
The jet boat was just amazing, gives you a real rush when you fly through the Shotover valley in such a shallow river. The trip takes about 25mins, thats good time, although it's pretty expensive to get onto though (109 NZD)
From the Shotover to Oamaru. Total day was a long drive, about 6 hours, so was pretty tired after we had a BBQ in Oamaru.
On the Monday it would be back to Dunedin again to spend a few relaxing days with familiy and friends.
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