March 17

Queenstown to Te Anau
Early morning clouds

Kayaking Milford Sound
Milford Sound

Headed off from Queenstown to Te Anau in the now beat up rental car.  It was slow going on winding roads much of the way but as usual the scenery was really something.  Caught the 12:25 bus in Te Anau to Milford Sound.  The only road to the sound was washed out in several places 7 weeks ago from torrential rains.  Therefore only convoys of busses have been allowed . Again the scenery was fantastic but half way there we went through a tunnel and when we came out on the other side it was as though we had entered a lost world of sheer cliffs, snow covered peaks and green valleys.  It’s no wonder this area was used to film Lord of the Rings.

We boarded the Milford Mariner when we got to the Sound and headed out to cruise the fjord.  Steep cliffs, waterfalls, snow covered mountains, deep blue water, NZ fur seals and dolphins were all waiting to be enjoyed.  We also cruised under the waterfalls and kayaked with the seals.  It was unbelievable!

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