On Wednesday we packed our campervan and drove from the east coast to the west coast, to the little mountain town Te Anau. The city is the main gateway to most of the various sights and activities in the Fjordland region, so it had a real traveller-vibe. We walked a bit by the lakefront, enjoying the mountain sun and then stocked up on groceries and petrol. We stayed at a small campsite just outside of the city.
The next morning we got up early and drove to Milford Sound. The 120km drive there is one of the most beautiful routes in the world, and we drove through large open plains with the snow-capped southern Alps as a backdrop, along rivers and clear lakes mirroring the same mountains and went by forest areas as well as waterfalls dripping down the majestic mountain sides.
They say, 2 out of 3 days it rains in Milford Sound. When you travel, sometimes you have to get lucky. We sure did, as the sun was shining and the clouds on the sky was white. We had planned to stay two nights at the campsite in the national park, so we could spend the first day just driving there and a full day for sailing around the area. But when we arrived in Milford Sound around noon, we decided to jump on a cruise right away, because of the nice weather.
The 2-hour cruise was stunning, and we saw waterfalls, seals and lots and lots of the most beautiful scenery. I’ll let the pictures tell the rest.