Postcard from Fiordland

On the road to Milford Sound, Eglinton Valley, Te Anau, Southland, New Zealand.

The locals were relieved when we said that we were booked on a tour to Milford Sound. They said that we should leave the driving to someone else, too many tourists had died while gawking at the scenery on the narrow winding road.

Fiordland National Park, Southland, New Zealand.

We had booked ourselves on a Juicy Zest (yes, that’s the company name!) small group bus and boat tour of Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park. However, it was starting to rain when the bus picked us up. You know, one of those days that make you want to stay in bed with a book and mug of hot chocolate. We were afraid that the rain would obscure all of the views. After all, Milford Sound gets 21 feet (yes, feet!) of rain per year. I guess we should have known….

Mirror Lakes, Fiordland National Park, Southland, New Zealand.

So, we got on the bus thinking “what a waste of money” until our tour guide and driver, Simon, said “what a great day, we are going to see waterfalls that many people never see and the forest will be glowing in the muted light.” We liked him immediately and found that his knowledge of the flora, fauna, and local culture was extensive.

The Chasm, Fiordland National Park, Southland, New Zealand.
A walk in the rain forest, Fiordland National Park, Southland, New Zealand.

We went on short hikes in the rain with our rain coats and big umbrellas, stopped at all of the view points, and were gobsmacked by the spectacular waterfalls cascading down the tall vertical cliffs.

Waterfalls pour into Milford Sound by the hundreds when it’s raining.
Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Southland, New Zealand.
Ferns, New Zealand’s national symbol, Fiordland National Park, Southland, New Zealand.

And then, we got to the sound. The boat ride was foggy, moody, and just as spectacular as the canyons we drove through to get there.

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Southland, New Zealand.

We were treated to sightings of penguins and fur seals.

Tawaki (Fiordland Crested Penguin), Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Southland, New Zealand.
New Zealand fur seal (or long-nose fur seal), Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, Southland, New Zealand.

The rain stopped about the time we were dropped off at our hotel, but we really didn’t care. It had been a spectacular day.

Waterfalls cascade into the deep gorges of Fiordland National Park, Southland, New Zealand

About rkcaton

We are full-time RVrs living in a 40 foot Monaco Diplomat motorhome and touring North America.
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1 Response to Postcard from Fiordland

  1. Cindy says:

    These are stunning photographs! You truly did luck out on this. That wall of waterfalls was my favorite pic, though it’s really a tough choice. I learned in Hawaii that rainfall really adds to the waterfalls there, but not as impressive as this. I love how there are raindrop rings in the Mirror Lake pic. It adds to the story of the day and lets the viewer know how beautiful a rainy day can be. Well done you two. Well done…

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