Today's experience more than made up for yesterday. We got up very early this morning (5:00am) and left the hotel at 7:00 for a trip up to Milford Sound in the Fiordland National Park. Our ride was 4 hours long with several stops for Tea and for fabulous views. We passed rolling fields and pastures for deer, sheep and cattle. And of course, the magnificent mountain ranges all around.
One of our stops was to walk down a chasm where we saw rushing waterfalls and rainforest like vegetation. We passed through the mountain ranges which were carved out by glaciers. Pictures and words will never do it justice. It all certainly makes you feel a bit insignificant. The weather was very changeable with sunshine, light and heavy rain and even a little hail on the way home. We could see snow on the mountaintops.
Then we arrived at Milford Sound and boarded The Pride of Milford for our cruise. It was simply unbelievable to be surrounded on all sides by the mountains as we made our way through the fiord. What an experience. We did see two seals perched on the rocks but no dolphins or penguins. The boat went very close to a waterfall that is 3 times higher than Niagara Falls. Awesome is a word that comes to mind.
On our way back to Queenstown we could see snow falling in the mountains. We stopped in at a local pub for dinner and then walked back to our hotel. Tomorrow we are going to explore the township of Queenstown before heading out on a short cruise and dinner tomorrow night.
Have a great day everyone!