Blogs from Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand, Oceania


Geo: -44.6698, 167.928Milford Sound was labelled by Rudyard Kipling as the "eighth natural wonder of the world". Sheer granite cliffs rise out of the inky blue waters while waterfalls cascade down from high above.We had a great time, once again. The weather was beautiful. We met a young German couple on our nature hike, and eat and drank with them until late into the night. We were the last ones to retire to our staterooms for the evening!... read more
Relaxing ducks
Takahe bird - only about 500 remain
Backdrop to another Lord of the Rings scene

Geo: -44.6698, 167.928It rained all night, but cleared up just as we left Te Anua.A picturesque drive to Milford Sound, stopping along the way for photo opportunities.Thru the tunnel, then down to the Milford Sound Lodge to checkin.A quick lunch then off to our cruise around the Sound!The word that Derek kept repeating was MAJESTIC, nothing else seemed big enough to describe the views around us. Dinner cooked at the camp kitchen, sausages and veggies :-)Another episode if The Voice before bed.... read more
Awesome waterfall
Fairies dancing at bottom of waterfall

Finally a New Zealander greets me with 'Sweet arse!' translating to 'sweet as' or 'great'. It's 7.30am as we set off towards Milford Sound and there's a gorgeous pink sky over Queenstown and the lake. Guess that's a 'shepherd's warning' which doesn't bode well for our boat trip in Milford Sound. Fingers crossed. As we drive out of the town I can't get over what a stunning setting Queenstown is in. Everywhere you look are craggy, towering folds of rocky mountains. Mum would have hated it, finding it oppressive and closing in on her. That's how she felt about the Yorkshire hills and moors never mind big mountains. It's why she loved flat, open, big skies Norfolk so much. A total contrast, but I'm the opposite and absolutely love it. Our tour guide for the day ... read more

Milford Sound has to be one of the most remote places there is. You travel all of the way to New Zealand; go to the larger, more sparsely populated South Island; leave behind the East Coast with its towns and cities and head into Fiordland; you pass through Te Anau - the last real settlement before Milford; travel along a highway for 120 kilometres; cross over a high, steep mountain pass; and eventually arrive at a ferry terminal in the middle of nowhere. Yet, if you meet anyone who has been on the South Island of New Zealand for more than a couple of weeks, they will tell you about their experience of Milford Sound. They generally regard it as one of the best things they did whilst they were on the South Island. Whatever weather ... read more
Fiordland National Park
Milford Sound Waterfall
Milford Sound Cruises

Geo: -44.6698, 167.928Here I am in the most picturesque, scenic cabin after the most breathtaking, awe inspiring drive I have ever experienced. The Te Anau - Milford Highway is an experience in its own right. We arrived at Te Anau around 10, after departing Queenstown at 8.15. Its a pretty place by a lake for a stroll, to top up fuel, gather supplies and information before heading North towards Milford. We grabbed a pepper steak pie from here which lived up to its hype. Heading north is a journey into the heart of the Fjordland National Park. Its basically a sole 120km highway all the way to Milford with the exception of a 30km unpaved turnoff, Hollyford Road which finishes at Humboldt Falls. Along the way, dozens of short and long walks, lakes, tracks, pools, waterfalls ... read more
Humboldt Falls
Leaving Queenstown

Geo: -44.6698, 167.928 Today the pickup was at 7.20 am and it was only 5 mins walk from the hostel to Athol st. Again the tour was with Great Sights and the coach had glass-roof for views of the skyline but the weather was gloomy, cold and it had rained heavily at night. The tour was packed and along the way there are few stops for brief walks at Mirror Lake, The Chasm a short walk over footbridges spanning a series of swirling waterfalls and at the Monkey Creek which was good place for pictures. We passed the rugged mountain terrain past Te Anau on the shores of the largest lake in the South Island. This is a Journey through the Southern Alps and along the picturesque Eglinton Valley, a place of ancient alpine forest with ... read more
Milford Sounds
Milford Sounds
Seals at Milford Sounds

Wow, so last night I had the weirdest dream that Jackie Earle Haley was trying to sexually molest me (maybe it's time to stop playing sex offenders in your films JEH?) and when I woke up I couldn't quite seem to convince myself that Jackie Earle Haley was not currently in my room at the backpackers and waiting to do nasty nasty things to me... eventually I fell asleep again and had a much nicer dream that I don't remember (something about cooking and eating I think). Up bright and early to go on a trip to Milford Sound, the laptop guy is still asleep by the time i've showered, dressed, eaten a few things out of my boot... the boot of my car, it's where i was storing my supplies, don't judge me... so yeah ... read more
milford reflections
Celia - friend for a day
take a bow

January 31, 2014 We traveled south today from Queenstown to Milford Sound. Milford Sound is one of the most popular tourist destinations and a very interesting drive through some spectacular mountain passes to the coast and the sound. Milford Sound is a large Fjord surrounded by very high mountains rising almost vertical from the ocean. For anyone interested in mountain scenery this is a must trip. Lakes, huge valleys, rivers, waterfalls, forest and the sound itself. At Milford Sound we took a boat trip, just under 2 hours, in the sound and out to the mouth and back. Nice trip on a very comfortable boat and more spectacular scenery. Way too many photo ops here. ( good thing we are using digital now ) Finished the day with a 2 hour drive back from Milford Sound ... read more

Awesome day!! Started out in Milford Sound - full of clouds and gray overhead, but gorgeous high mountains and SNOW! We were all bundled up on deck, but got some beautiful pics. We offloaded over 90 passengers who are doing an overnight land trip to our next port of call. We pick them up tomorrow in Dunedin. We continued cruising in two more Sounds - Doubtful Sound (because the first boat captain thought it was doubtful that his ship could make it - thought it was too shallow!) and here's the Oosterdam sailing through, up to almost the end and then we turned around and sailed back out. The last one was called Dusty Sound and it was more of a circular sound where we sailed through the entire Sound. These are all glacier-carved valleys - ... read more

Så er vi på Syd-øen på New Zealand. Ja, det vil sige vi har efterhånden været her en uge. Tiden flyver. Vi startede med et par dage i Christchurch, hvor vi forsøgte at afklimatisere os lidt, inden vi begav os ud i den autocamper, der skal være vores "hjem" de næste tre uger. Christchurch er stadigt stærkt præget af jordskælvet for to år siden, som forårsagede store ødelæggelser i Centrum og kostede næsten 200 mennesker livet. Da vi havde fået overdraget vores kæmpe køretøj begav vi os med venstrekørsel (gæt selv, hvem der er chauffør!) op mod det højeste bjerg i NZ: Mount Cook. Fandt en campingplads ved bredden af den smukkeste turkise sø omgivet af bjerge. Campinglivets "fornøjelser" med fællesbad er vi efterhånden ved at vende os til, og alle de steder vi har været ... read more
Christchurch to år efter jordskælvet
Milford sounds
Så er vi klar til jet boating

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