Milford Sound, as in the body of water, is actually a fjord. Milford Sound, as in the small town and harbor, is also 119 kilometers from Te Anau. If one drives straight through, and the weather is good, the drive will take about an hour and 20 minutes. If one stops frequently to admire the scenery (and, coincidentally photograph it), it may take somewhat longer. There is only one road into Milford Sound, and it is an Alpine road. This then raises an interesting question. Herself says she does not do roller coaster rides, but she does ride in a car with me driving...
Guaranteed to get your attention is Homer Tunnel. One must pass through this tunnel to drive to Milford Sound. As with many tunnels, there is a sign before entering to turn on the automobile’s headlights. Kiwi’s have a sense of humor, and it appeals to me, so perhaps I should not have been quite so surprised to discover that Homer Tunnel goes downhill. Steeply. With no lights other than one’s headlights, and those reflecting off small, and rather road-stained reflectors.
At least it is straight. The road on either side consists of multiple switchbacks.
The trip is worth it. There are several tour companies there operating boats on the Sound, and the one we used our travel bureau arranged, so I can’t speak unbiased. I can comment that if you take Fjordland Tours, on the Milford Mariner, the food in the luncheon buffet is excellent. Don’t worry about the caloric count, because you’ll burn it off staying warm out on the fjord.
I won’t bother trying to describe the scenery, you’ll have to wait for the photos.
Morning on Milford Sound
Sterling Falls Triptych
Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, New Zealand
Back to the Cosy Kiwi, and then out for supper. It is now time to retire, well and truly spent for the day.
This was easy to do while on days off. It's getting late, work comes early again tomorrow. Time to post. ETA: Astute viewers will note a similarity between the user icon on the post and one of the scenes photographed.
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