New Zealand, the country that keeps on giving. Day 27.

A very peaceful and quiet night after an excellent local Chinese meal: full of Chinese people, always a good sign! Saw us up early and refreshed and breakfasting at 0700, awaiting being picked up and transported off to Milford Sound.

Sunrise this morning @ 0700 hrs.
Sunrise this morning @ 0700 hrs.

Rudyard Kipling once called it the eighth wonder of the world: it is named after Milford Haven, having been discovered by Captain John Grono around 1812, who named it thus, his homeland being Wales.

Milford Sound from the Tasman Sea.
Milford Sound from the Tasman Sea.

On the way were various stops at places called Mirror Lakes, Knobs Flat, where in fact the public toilets were. (Stop it!). Named as such because of the knobs or mounds of earth left behind by the glacial movements. There was the Homer Tunnel (very much pre the Simpsons) completed in 1953, and runs some 1.2 km.

In the end, as we gasped and oohed our way along, as the dictionary became completely empty of any more descriptive adjectives to use, they had all gone. We boarded a fine vessel, which wasn’t too crowded and we headed off into the sound, encountering seals and bottle nosed dolphins.

Mirror Lakes.
Mirror Lakes.
Did what it said on the tin.
Did what it said on the tin.
New Zealand fur seals.
New Zealand fur seals.
Waterfalls were also the order of the day.
Waterfalls were also the order of the day.
The Maori name for Milford Sound is Piopiotahi.
The Maori name for Milford Sound is Piopiotahi.
Very dramatic, does not do it justice.
Very dramatic, does not do it justice.

The Dolphins were better than those we went swimming with. Such is life. Tomorrow we push on to Queenstown, as I said retracing our steps, and there we rest (allegedly) for a couple of days with a lake view of Lake Wakatipu.

Thank you for reading, keep those comments coming for we fly home a week next Thursday.

M & M

Cute!
Cute!
But cuter maybe?
But cuter maybe?

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

10 thoughts on “New Zealand, the country that keeps on giving. Day 27.”

  1. If you don’t parglide try Bungy jumping It’s close o Arrowtown just a hop skip and a Juuuuuummmmppppp away..M&S

  2. Loving your running commentary, which is bringing our memorable trip 2 years ago back into focus. Your story about leaving all your belongings in the motel room reminded me of when we left some clothes hanging in the wardrobe of our room in a Greymouth hotel. It wasn’t until we reached Wanaka, which you will know is a few hundred miles away, that we realised. Fortunately, we were staying in Wanaka for several nights, and the hotel very kindly couriered the items across to us! Enjoy the rest of your wonderful holiday. Love, Nan & Robin x

  3. Some suggestions for Queenstown – a trip on the steamer Earnslaw (built in Dunedin, dismantled and rebuilt in Queenstown) even had an on board pianist playing classical pieces when me and Emma were there. If that is not exciting enough try the jetboat at Shotover or paraglide off the local mountains. Keep writing- Michael Palin had better look over his shoulder.
    Mike

  4. Wow….AND you got to see some waterfalls!..So back up North tomorrow where you can get the cable car (??? like they have in Swiss mountains) and enjoy a leisurely lunch at the top overlooking the lake and the Remarkables . Then East to Dunedin where the annual Cavalcade has just finished..Have a safe trip..You’ll need a holiday after all this..M&S

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