Milford Sound

December 31st, 2012 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

In for New Years, staying with a friend. The last time I was here, I had the nonovirus and spent it in the bathroom of my hotel room. So far, has been much more enjoyable this time.

On Saturday headed to Milford Sounds on the Select Bus. Not normally a big bus person, but this was a great trip. The driver was superb – knowledgeable and friendly, and we had lots of stops for photos.

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On the road from Te Anau to Milford. Spectacular field. They must have shot some movie scenes here at some stage.

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The hills reflected at Mirror Lakes.

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Note the way the sign is written so it only makes sense in the reflection.

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A field of lupins.

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One of the many bush covered valleys heading into Milford Sound.

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A small waterfall.

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At one of the stops, there was a kea. He happily walked around in front of everyone and then without concern, jumped up onto a car behind and started nibbling at the rubber around their window.

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Mr Kea then jumped onto the roof for an even better perch.

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The lower end of the mighty chasm.

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And the upper end. Not a place to try going over in a barrel!

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At Milford Sound, we went out on a boat. It was pretty wet but the seals didn’t mind.

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A bit of rain on the lens, but still a nice shot of the greenery that grows on often sheer cliff faces there.

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Advancing towards the falls.

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And then the boat approaches them head on and pushes the bow just under the falls, nicely spraying those of us up on top.

Was a great day. I’ve been to Milford Sound a couple of times before, but it never gets old. Has reinforced my determination to do the Milford Track in the next couple of years.

On the bus trip back to Queenstown, they played The World’s Fastest Indian. I’d not got around to watching it previously. Was a very appropriate film to view in Southland.

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14 Responses to “Milford Sound”

  1. Longknives (4,051 comments) says:

    Beautiful countryside. We don’t need all this pathetic ‘Middle Earth’ bullshit to get tourists…just show them these incredible places!

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  2. Viking2 (10,752 comments) says:

    Except they are not lupins but Foxgloves. Can be forgiven as both come in either blue or yellow flowers but lupins tend to branch whereas foxgloves are a single stem like the ones in your pic.
    Nice pics.

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  3. beautox (408 comments) says:

    They are lupins

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  4. beautox (408 comments) says:

    See http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Lake-Tekapo-Lupins-600px.jpg

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  5. kowtow (6,734 comments) says:

    Lupin.

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  6. Belinda (126 comments) says:

    Thanks for the reminder why some of us choose to stay in this beautiful country despite its faults.

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  7. kowtow (6,734 comments) says:

    belinda

    Tectonic faults?

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  8. Viking2 (10,752 comments) says:

    Nope foxgloves.

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  9. Viking2 (10,752 comments) says:

    Ah, South Island type lupins. Nothing like North Island type lupins. Gardners best friend.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=10679046

    As opposed to being a pes tlike these ones.
    http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/threats-and-impacts/weeds/common-weeds-in-new-zealand/russell-lupin/

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  10. Viking2 (10,752 comments) says:

    Apologies for getting my flowers mixed.
    Foxgloves.
    https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=foxgloves&hl=en&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ei=gAbhUIeyG4vImAWFz4HYCQ&sqi=2&ved=0CEkQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=592

    Perhaps you can see the likeness?

    https://www.google.co.nz/#hl=en&sugexp=les%3B&gs_rn=1&gs_ri=hp&tok=iPm6RNonSxTuUH2iQvyRvA&cp=9&gs_id=a4&xhr=t&q=foxgloves&pf=p&tbo=d&sclient=psy-ab&oq=foxgloves&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&bvm=bv.1355534169,d.dGY&fp=99eab588ee0fc850&bpcl=40096503&biw=1024&bih=592

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  11. kowtow (6,734 comments) says:

    Viking,such a petal.

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  12. lofty (1,295 comments) says:

    There is a river in the Eglington “field” where the brown trout quietly blend with the bottom rubble, and explode into fight upon the prick of the fly.

    One of this countries fabulous places.

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  13. calendar girl (1,108 comments) says:

    Set a date now for that Milford Track trek, DPF. In later years you will come to treasure it as an unusually fulfilling experience in an adventurous lifetme.

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  14. pq (728 comments) says:

    Farrar your driver was Lester Hamilton, a friend of mine.
    I told him you had a good time

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