#36 - the drive to milford sound & not to mention, the cruise

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on the drive to milford sound!

*****DAY FIFTY-TWO (Fri, Jan 23rd) - A LOOONG DAY OF DRIVING - TE ANAU TO MILFORD TO TE ANAU TO INVERCARGIL*****

I got up early and headed out to do the drive to Milford Sound.  I heard the drive out there was incredible & my plan was to just drive out there, hike around a bit, then make the drive to Invercargill.

So, the ride out there was AMAZING.  I loved every second of it.  The weather was GORGEOUS & I was able to get some beautiful views & pictures at Mirror Lake.  I made a couple stops along the way in to see a waterfall here, a gorgeous view there...you know the drill.

Mirror lakes!!! WOW. Check out that reflection!
  And oh my gosh, the tunnel was awesome.  You can wait up to 15 minutes for the light to change.  It's this HUGE tunnel just cut through the mountain that you have to go through to get to the sound.  The kea parrots love to hang out there in case any tourists want to feed them.  Keas are hilarious though - they are known for actually picking out all the rubber stuff around car windows....they are very inquisitive & "cheeky" birds.  Anyway, I got a good look at a bunch of them on my wait for the tunnel.  They are definitely entertaining to watch!

Then, the drive after the tunnel down to the sound was nuts.  I literally said "Wow", out loud, with only me in the car, about a million times.  It's HUGE.  It's gorgeous.  I think it's being considered as one of the great natural wonders of the world.

  It's definitely in that category for sure!

So, I drove all the way out here - I figured I should see if I could get on a cruise.  I went into the ferry terminal & wouldn't you know it....there was a cruise leaving in a half hour (they do run all the time!) and not only was there room on it....but there were only 10 people signed up for it!  It was awesome!  I met a very nice couple - Jacqueline & Chedda (like the cheese) & they were fun to chat with & take pictures with along the cruise.  It was a quick 1 hour cruise, but it was great to be on the Milford Sound.  We saw waterfalls, seals & it wasn't raining!!!  Which was very different than the Doubtful Sound cruise.  We were actually very lucky that it wasn't raining....I think it started pretty soon after we were off the ship! 

After my cruise it was time to start my LOOOOOOONNNNNNNGGGG drive back to Te Anau and then on to Invercargill.  I think it was a 5 hour drive (but I had just done 2 and 1/2 TO Milford)....so needless to say, it was a long day!

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on the drive to milford sound!
on the drive to milford sound!
Mirror lakes!!!  WOW.  Check out t…
Mirror lakes!!! WOW. Check out …
unbelievable!
unbelievable!
Mirror Lakes
Mirror Lakes
More Mirror Lakes views!  Which wa…
More Mirror Lakes views! Which w…
The drive to Milford Sound was INC…
The drive to Milford Sound was IN…
More beautiful views...you literal…
More beautiful views...you litera…
Milford Sound baby!
Milford Sound baby!
Another Kea.  :)
Another Kea. :)
Rock thats been shaped by water &…
Rock that's been shaped by water …
Milford Sound!
Milford Sound!
Cruize Milford Sound boat...there …
Cruize Milford Sound boat...there…
Setting off on our cruise.
Setting off on our cruise.
I dont think you can tell how pre…
I don't think you can tell how pr…
Me & Milford.
Me & Milford.
What do you know - another waterfa…
What do you know - another waterf…
This is actually a waterRISE....lo…
This is actually a waterRISE....l…
Another little cruise boat - looks…
Another little cruise boat - look…
Kicking it on our little cruise.  …
Kicking it on our little cruise. …
An attempt at a jumping picture.
An attempt at a jumping picture.
Seal rock.
Seal rock.
Did you see the movie Something A…
Did you see the movie "Something …
Awwww.
Awwww.
Jacqueline & me.
Jacqueline & me.
Chedda & Jacqueline.   My cruise b…
Chedda & Jacqueline. My cruise …
Yes, another jumping picture!
Yes, another jumping picture!
Brett Lamb!  This ones for you.  …
Brett Lamb! This one's for you. …
Still perfecting the gaze at the s…
Still perfecting the gaze at the …
What a cheeky Kea!
What a cheeky Kea!
That looked much cooler in person.
That looked much cooler in person.
A beautiful stream as I was drivin…
A beautiful stream as I was drivi…
Hi!  Thats me!
Hi! That's me!
Cool swing bridge.
Cool swing bridge.
Another attempt at an artsy type p…
Another attempt at an artsy type …
Milford Sound
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