New Zealand Day 11: South Island

Milford Sound

We were up early for our excursion to Milford Sound, thought of by New Zealanders to be the 8th wonder of the world. As the crow flies it is little more than 50km from Queenstown to Milford Sound but there is no direct route and to get there involves a long road journey of 295km, first south to Te Anau and then north on Highway 94. Our journey took us through the Fiordland National Park. We had a coffee break at Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland. We then drove through Eglinton Valley, where we stopped at the Mirror Lakes. We were now passing through Lord of the Rings country. Falls Creek was our next short stop. A short wait at the Homer tunnel, as there is one-way traffic and one final stop at The Chasm, before we arrived at our destination, Milford Sound. There we boarded the Wanderer for our 2½-hour boat trip. We were very lucky as Milford Sound expects 200 rainy days a year but we had sunshine and were treated to the sight of seals and a sea lion. Then it was back on the coach for our journey back to Queenstown. No stopping on the way as most of us used the time to catch up on lost sleep after an eventful day. Once back at the hotel we stopped at the local fish and chip shop.

Hato Paora College Choir – Moe Moe Mai Ra