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Milford Sound

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  • Day17

    Milford Sound Tour: Part 1

    January 6 in New Zealand ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    Today we took part in an 8 hour tour that started in Te Anau, with many photo stops to Milford Sound and then back to Te Anau. Afterwards we drove from Te Anau to Queenstown. As soon as we arrived, we just had a quick meal and now we are already in bed. We are looking forward to a relaxing day here in Queenstown tomorrow.

    Heute haben wir an einer 8 Stunden langen Tour teilgenommen die in Te Anau begann, mit vielen Foto-Stopps nach Milford Sound und dann wieder zurück nach Te Anau führte. Danach sind wir von Te Anau nach Queenstown gefahren. Als wir ankamen, haben wir nur schnell etwas gegessen und liegen nun bereits im Bett. Wir freuen uns auf einen entspannten Tag morgen hier in Queenstown.
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  • Day82

    Milford Sounds

    December 10, 2018 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    Nachdem wir gestern mal wieder um 8 Uhr im Bett lagen, machten wir uns zügig fertig und fuhren die Strasse nach Milford weiter, nahmen jeden Stopp mit, der für mich möglich war und genossen die schöne Aussicht. Wir „wanderten“ sogar ein bisschen, den halben Weg zum Lake Marian entlang schönen Strömungen und kleinen Wasserfällen bis wir wieder umkehren mussten.Read more

  • Day170

    Fiordland Nationalpark

    March 20, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Der hübsche Nationalpark hat viel zu bieten. Am Ende liegt Milford Sound. Weiter kann man nicht fahren. Am besten hat uns der Weg dorthin gefallen. 😄 Es gibt einige märchenhafte Wasserfälle und die Berge werden immer größer. Hmm aber überall wie so häufig in Neuseeland Drohnenverbot...☺️

    Das Wetter ist super. Es regnet in Milford Sound mindestens das halbe Jahr. Wir erwischen zwei Sonnentage. 😃👍
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  • Day108

    Queenstown und der Milford Sound

    December 16, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    Wir waren von unserer Wanderung richtig frostig und nachdem wir festgestellt hatten, dass ein Stellplatz in- oder um Queenstown nur $ 20 weniger kostet als ein Hotelzimmer, buchten wir spontan für 3 Tage eine Unterkunft im Swiss Hotel Resort.
    Jubel !!
    Wir hatten ein großes Zimmer und ein Bett mit weißer Wäsche und weicher Matratze, ein eigenes Badezimmer, sauber und mit heißer Dusche....
    Das letzte Mal als wir in einem Bett übernachtet hatten, war auf Tasmanien im Oktober.

    Unser Van ist toll und hat alles was wir brauchen, auch das Bett ist recht bequem... aber es ist halt kein BETT...
    ich glaube, ich habe eine Stunde heiß geduscht... es war herrlich!
    Für den übernächsten Tag ist ein Ausflug zum Milford Sound geplant.
    Daher war ersteinmal chillen angesagt....

    Queenstown ist eine Stadt am Wakatipu See, die als Ausgangspunkt für jegliche halsbrecherischen Outdoor Aktivitäten steht.
    Hier kann man alles das machen, bei deren bloßen Gedanken sich uns die Nackenhaare sträuben.
    Das Städchen selbst ist ganz hübsch mit einer guten Infrastrucktur und unfassbar vielen Tourenveranstaltern, die sich hier gut Konkurrenz machen.
    Außerdem haben wir bei Fergburger den besten Burger gegessen.

    Am Ausflugstag ging der Wecker um 5:45 ab zum Treffpunkt, dort wo der Buss uns einsammeln würde.
    Unsere Tour beinhaltete die Bussfahrt mit einem Glasdach - Buss zum Hafen des Milford Sound ( Sound steht für Fjord). Natürlich ein paar Pausen, die 1,5 Stunden lange Schifffahrt durch den Sound und natürlich die Rückfahrt.
    Wir haben das anstrengender empfunden, als wenn wir selbst gefahren wären... ein Weg im Buss, das bedeutete 4.5 Stunden Fahrt ! Der Ausblick war wie immer der Hammer, aber Bussfahren ist nicht so unser Ding.
    Man wird hin-und her geschaukelt, es werden Pausen gemacht, wenn wir keine benötigen... etc
    Doch da es eine Zeitspanne gibt, wann man den Park wieder verlassen muss, dachten wir, es wäre auf jeden Fall sicherer mit einer Reisegruppe zu fahren.

    Der Weg ist das Ziel....

    Der Milford Sound war in ein nassgrau getaucht. Vorteil war, die vielen Wasserfälle führten auch Wasser und um uns herum gab es ein richtig schönes Panorama.
    Zum Abschluss wurde das Schiff noch von Bottlenose Delfinen begleitet und auf einem Felsen sahen wir Seehunde...
    Schööööön....

    Als wir wieder im Hotel ankamen, waren wir tatsächlich erschöpft vom nichts-tun... wie kann das nur sein.....
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  • Day259

    Milford Highway

    February 7, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    We rose early to beat the traffic along the Te Anau - Milford highway and were pleasantly surprised that we did not meet too many coach tours.
    This is a beautiful section of road passing through the rain forest with lots to do and see on the way.
    We stopped to walk the short trail to Mistletoe Lake, passing through woodland to the Lake where the stillness of the water offered great reflections of the mountains in the distance. Then to Mirror Lakes where the high mountain detail could be seen in the lake.
    After that at The Divide we stopped to walk up to Key Summit - part of the Routeburn trail with a climb to the Key Summit lookout - well worth the effort- a 450m climb but the views were stunning. The walk was busy and the climb was steep. We set off wearing several layers of clothes but by the time we returned we were wearing T shirts and were feeling quite hot.
    Then to Milford Sound through the tunnel to our lodge site and our pre-arranged boat trip. As we were waiting for our turn to drive through the tunnel we spotted a kea, one of NZ's rare and threatened species of birds. It sat next to our car, and we were soon surrounded by Chinese people, all anxious to take 100s of photos. The entire drive to Milford Sound was truly amazing, with such scenic views around every corner we turned. This is a truly stunning island!!!
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  • Day259

    Milford Sound

    February 7, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    We took a boat trip in the evening around Milford Sound. There were very few boats on the water.
    This was every bit as awe inspiring as we hoped it would be with the high mountains plunging down either side of the water into the deep. We were on a small boat with 12 other people,and we were the only English speakers. The captain of the boat pointed out lots of interesting things to see and took us close to waterfalls and seals so that we could get a closer look. We ventured out onto the Tasman Sea where the water was quite choppy before turning round to return via the fjord.
    Our camp site in the forest lodge was great - it was nestled within the rain forest and the facilities were excellent. The cicadas were very noisy ,and once the sand-flies became troublesome we went inside to escape!!!
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  • Day198

    Milford Sound

    March 23, 2017 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 34 °C

    Today we drove from Te Anau to Milford Sound, stopping at various viewpoints and short walks along the way to enjoy the scenery. Amongst the most scenic stops were the Mirror Lakes (1st photo) and “The Chasm” where a waterfall has burst its way through the surrounding rocks, leaving weird rock shapes in its wake. Arriving at Milford Sound and during our 2.5hr boat cruise through the fjord, the scenery was breathtaking. It is called a “Sound” but it is actually a fjord (they just didn’t have that word in the language when it was first discovered!). It was very much like some of the Southern Norwegian fjords and there were a number of waterfalls along the sides of the fjord. Laura and Solana ventured out on deck when the boat was taken close to one of the waterfalls and they got quite wet! We all enjoyed the boat trip and we got to see some native plants and more seals in addition to the great scenery. We also got to go to the Underwater Discovery Centre – a floating marine platform where you can see some of the marine life in the fjord. It is effectively a reverse aquarium – we are in the “tank”, whilst the marine life is free to go wherever it wants in the sea. We got to see some rare black coral (which actually looks white when alive, black when dead), that usually grows at depths of a few hundred metres but grows much closer to the surface in the fjord. We also saw some fish (mostly wrasse), tubeworms and giant mussels and clams – all without getting wet! We drove back in the evening, so it was a long day – but worth it.

    A few days ago, we heard the very sad news that Laura’s Dad, Barrie, has finally lost his long battle with cancer. He was comfortable, peaceful and was with his wife Joyce and Laura’s sister Jackie. Although not unexpected, it is still difficult news to hear, especially when we’re so far away from home. He has been in our thoughts a lot as we’ve been travelling around, and will continue to be so....
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  • Day46

    Milford Sound I

    January 15 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    It is an early morning today again 🙈😴
    I had to get up at 6 o’clock today.
    I want to be at the Milford Sound Harbour around 8 o’clock and it takes around an hour to drive there, without any stops on the way!
    So e had a quick breakfast and was leaving the campground at 7 am.
    There where a lot of low clouds hanging around the mountain around me and I got a little bit worried that the weather is not going to so good today. But it was nothing to worry about, as got clear and nice after a few kilometers of driving. 🤗
    I can’t say how hard it was for me to not stop at all on the way to Milford Sound 🙈😂
    The scenery is sooo amazing here 🤩

    I passed the free carpark because there was no sign but I turned around and drove back because I don’t want to pay 10$ per hour!!!! for parking!
    That’s obviously new since this summer!
    Totally crazy!
    That’s why I wanted to be early enough there to make sure to get a place at the free carpark! As this one is a little further away from the terminal there is a free Shuttle provided.
    It was still quite many parking places free when I arrived so it was worth it to be here so early! Nice!

    I had to wait around 5-10 minutes for the Shuttle to arrive, the Sandflys here are horrible! Nasty little creatures. Who needs them?!
    I checked in to my Cruise with Mitre Peak at 8.05.
    Pretty early but I can better wait here a while than stress around to get here and find a free carpark.
    Boarding was at 8.45 am and I was pleased to see, that our boat is the smallest one of all the boats that are here, at least half as small as the others some are really big.
    This time the boat is quite full, but not booked out so it’s not too many people around and luckily also just a few people from Asia. The big group was I saw earlier was luckily booked on the other boat.
    At 8.55 we left the Harbour for our 2-hour cruise.
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  • Day46

    Milford Sound IV

    January 15 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We then went to Sterling Falls ( 2. picture) where the boats are actually able to drive into the waterfall. Some people are so crazy to stand there in front of the boat and under the waterfall 🙈😂
    I am not doing this!
    But I strayed on the upper deck and got wet as well as the water is splashing around so much! It was actually really cool!

    We then went into Harrison Cove where some people left the boat who had booked a tour in the Underwater Observatory.
    From here you have a really nice view to Mount Pembroke, one of the highest mountains in the fiord at 2025m and the last remaining glacier visible from Milford Sound.
    This is a tenant of the glacier which once carved its way through the fiord. It is also the water source for Stirling Falls.

    Mitre Peak, 1692m high, is one of the highest mountains in the world that raise directly from the ocean floor. It is also called bishop’s mitre or head-dress, as it often has a cloud around its top, you can see on the 3. picture. He dressed up for us on the way back 😉

    And then we were already almost back at the terminal.
    We could get a nice view of the Bowen Falls as we were driving into the Harbour.

    It was a really nice your and I was definitely deciding for the right operator. Unfortunately, there were no dolphins around today, but our skipper said, that already yesterday they didn't see any dolphins. That's how it is!

    Arriving at the terminal showed me, why it was a good decision to do the first your in the morning, it was so full now, so many buses and so many people everywhere! 😳
    I was so happy that I could leave now!
    I had to wait around 10 minutes for the shuttle back to my car and then I was leaving Milford Sound with the plan to stop as often as possible!
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Milford Sound, MFN, Милфорд Саунд

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