My first activity since arriving in Queenstown was a daytrip to Milford Sound. We got picked up from the hostel quite early in the morning as the trip would take a few hours. We made our first stop in Te Anau for lunch, however we didn’t really see much of the area.
After lunch we didn’t stop before we were in the Fiordland National Park where we had our first photo stop at the Eglington Valley lookout. Next stop was at the beautiful Lake Gunn aka Mirror Lakes where we had a little look-around and a few pictures taken. We then stopped at the Monkey Creek to refill our bottles with its pure spring water while kea birds were trying to pick the bus and the other cars apart. After that we stopped at Holyford Valley while waiting for tour turn to drive through the Homer tunnel which is 1.2 km long tunnel through the Darran mountain range and into the breathtaking Cleddau Valley. I must admit that my eyes were a bit damp because of this incredible setting and the bus driver’s amazing choice of music for this particular part of the drive. Absolutely stunning. We then had one last stop before Milford Sound at the Chasm which was a nice 20 minute round walk with views of waterfalls and the rocks that have been strangely shaped by them.
At last we arrived at Milford Sound where we went on a cruise in the sound. See following link for a map of the cruise. https://www.milford-sound.co.nz/milford-sound-cruises/day-cruises/
When we first arrived at the wharf, the rain was pouring down and it was very misty. Once we got a few minutes into the cruise, the rain stopped and most of the mist lifted. We followed the map seen in the link above and went as close to the Fairy Falls as possible – very close! – where I got absolutely soaked by the spray from the waterfall. It was awesome and definitely worth the wet clothes 😀
On the drive back to Queenstown we didn’t make a lot of stops as we had done all of the photo stops on the way.
It was a long but amazing day ending with a group of us sitting on the beach watching the beautiful sunset.