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Fiordland….wow!

Wow, wow and wow!

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More of that later! From Te Anau we took a leisurely drive to Milford Sound. We avoided the coaches full of tourists by starting a little later than them and stopped where we wanted to. If you ever drive this road, take your time. It’s simply stunning. There are numerous sights along the way, the Mirror Lakes, Lake Gunn and the Humboldt Falls being particular favourites. However, The Chasm was probably the best for it’s unusualness (is that a word?). The point of the trip was Milford Sound and staying overnight on it though. It’s worth it as the coaches disappear mid-afternoon, just as we arrived. We sailed at 4:30 out to the mouth of the sound (although it’s actually a fiord – not a sound), which takes you to the Tasman Sea. If you look hard enough you can see the western island of New Zealand (Australia)! We had a really nice evening on-board, sharing a table with some Aussies. The food was good, the wine nice but the views…… The previous evening it had poured down, for us it was crystal clear and the sun was out. Not bad considering it rains there 200 days of the year. We slept soundly (get it?!), saw dolphins over breakfast and then sailed back out to the Tasman Sea before heading back to dock. No words can sum this place up; hopefully the pictures will. By comparison, the following day was dull…just a drive back to Queenstown via Te Anau for our luggage. And, if you ever need proof of how small the world is, the lady that ran the B&B in Te Anau was from Guildford and we bumped in to a couple from Downham Market on the boat and the same ones back in Te Anau. Our parents will get that reference! Oh yeah, and Finz (Seafood Restaurant) in QT is recommended. Next stop Mount Cook.

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