Friday, 22 June 2012

Day 16 - Thursday 21st June - Milford Sound

Overnight we were woken by the sound of russelling in the cupboards and the pitter-patter of tiny feet. Yes, we seem to have acquired some little stow aways en route!!!! They enjoyed our bread and peanuts :(    I somewhat dislike mice!

Today, God answered our prayers and we woke to the clouds having lifted and dome glorious sunshine. :)

Early morning at Lake Gunn campsite

On our arrival at Milford Sound we caught our tour boat "The Milford Sovereign" and went in a tour of Milford Sound right out to the Tasman Sea. SPECTACULAR! The mountains are shear cliffs into the water, there was lots of beautiful waterfalls. The tour guide told us Milford Sound was having a mini-drought as they had not had any rain for 62 hours, so done of the waterfalls were quite weak in comparison to normal. They get approximately 6m of rainfall a year!!

The Milford Sovereign
A waterfall on Milford Sound


Mitre Peak mountain

Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Milford Sound

The Mitre Peak mountain

Milford Sound

The bell and anchor on Milford Sovereign

Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Looking directly up at a waterfall on Milford Sound

Looking out to the Tasman Sea from Milford Sound

Looking back up the Milford Sound

Seals

A waterfall on Milford Sound

A waterfall on Milford Sound

The Milford Sovereign and Mitre Peak mountain in the background

The afternoon was spent driving back to Manapouri which we passed through briefly yesterday, but we saw many more mountains today. They were all hiding from us yesterday. We drove past the "River Anduin" near Te Anau for all those Lord of the Rings fans out there. Also I have now completed watching the films and loved them!

A "Kea"


Info about the "Kea"

A waterfall just off the Milford Road


We are staying at a campsite owned by an elderly couple which is quite quirky in character, especially with the line of Morris Minor's on the site. She has lent us a mouse-trap for the night though :S


Morris Minor's (for my father!)

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