Saturday, January 14, 2017

New Zealand: The Milford Sound, Fjordlands National Park

 The Penbroke Glacierhelped form the Milford Sound some 2 million years ago. The region should really be called a fjord because it was made by glaciers. 

After we finished the Milford Tracmk (here is the first look and the video of the Track) we spent a nice evening at Mitre Peak Lodge. We had an enjoyable award-of-completion certificate ceremony and a very nice evening overall. But the trip wasn't quite over. I know I thought, and was a bit disappointed because it wasn't so, that the Milford Track didn't end with grand views of the Sound. We had glimpses as we rode the boat from Sandfly Point to the docks to catch the shuttle to the lodge but it was just a glimpse. The cruise would more than satisfy the desire for wondrous. Views of  Milford Sound. 

 Sterling Waterfall is 155 meters tall. 

 Look close for the fur seals on the rocks. Both male and female are there. I'm not sure which you can see. 

 One more view of the Penbroke Glacier. 

We took a 90 minute cruise on the Milford Sound out to the Tasman Sea and back. This is a stunning area. It will remind you of fjords in Norway though I think those we have seen there were narrower. I think, if you have the time, kayaking these waters would be quite enjoyable. 

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