Nov 12, 2004
AWESOME PHOTO ALERT! ENJOY!!
Today we went to one of the most magical places we've seen on our journey - Milford Sound. We took lots of photos. On the way we also saw lots of features that characterise the area. The first was a huge valley that was cut out by a glacier. The valley floor used to be covered in trees, but the glacier smashed those away 22,000 years ago. Grass growing is the first sign of life so maybe there will be trees again in the next 1000 years or so!!??
From there there were lots of "oooh" and "ahhh" moments - the driver stopped regularly! Mirror lakes being one of them. The water in the lake is of such an acidity that the water seems almost black. This means that the water has excellant mirroring qualities. Check the photos out - see what you think!
From there we saw Keas - wild parrots that can only be found in New Zealand. These things are very tame and brave - they were jumping on people's cars and loved to say hello!
From there we took the 'Homer Tunnel' into Milford. This tunnel was smashed out using dynamite in the 1930's and is named after the fella that found the area. The tunnel is very steep, with a 3 in 1 gradient down towards Milford. It's quite sketchy in there actually. It's not like in Europe with the posh tiles and so on, you can see the rock has been blown away. The tunnel is a mile long and there is only enough space for 1 way traffic. EEK!
Anyway, down at the bottom there is lovely Milford Sound. Wow.
It was well worth the journey. We were very pleased with what we saw. We jumped on the ferry which takes you round the sound and snapped away. Everywhere we looked there was scenery of epic proportion. We loved it. There's 75 photos on this page, but take time to look at them all - the best are at the end.
Milford is a special place and generally it rains 11 days out of 12, so as you can see we were very lucky! We had great weather although it was very windy!
On the way back up the hill to the tunnel the bus over heated! That's how steep it is! We let it cool down for an hour before carrying on through the steep tunnel. At the top of the 'hill' we all cheered! The old thing made it!
That evening we got back to Te Anau - where we are staying for a massive 4 nights!
Should be good - enjoy the pics!
Enjoy. See you soon.
Love Gareth and Helen x x x