Milford Sound – what can I say that doesn’t make me sound like a blithering idiot… WOW, it’s stunning! Nope, that really doesn’t cut it. After camping the night at Cascade Creek campsite a little way down the road we set out nice and early on our journey to Milford Sound. The road in (and out) is pretty spectacular, its a shame you’re not allowed to stop anywhere along the road to take photos. Avalanche risk – eeeekk!
The 1.2km long one way tunnel, Homer Tunnel, was also a bit of a hoot. Construction was completed in 1953 after nearly 20 years of hard labour and interruptions from numerous avalanches and WWII. The tunnel connects Te Anau with Milford Sound between the valley of Hollyford River and Cleddau. Without it tourists like us wouldn’t be able to experience the incredible beauty that is Milford Sound.
Once we arrived, we grabbed a coffee (well… peppermint tea for me, hot chocolate for our daughter and coffee for the hubby) and headed for our cruise boat. The sun was shining and there was barely a cloud in sight. Apparently this is an extremely rare occurrence with rain falling in the Milford Sound area anywhere between 180-300 days in the year.
The peaks are beautiful, and the waterfalls… oh the waterfalls! Everything I shot that morning was shot hand held as we were constantly moving on the boat. It was a challenge, but a welcomed one at that. Definitely worth the trip out there. I’d love to go back when the weather wasn’t so lovely. I imagine it would look completely different, much more moody and dramatic. Fingers crossed for next time.