The Milford Wanderer
Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
53Trip End Mar 23, 2013
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I'm writing this at 11.00pm. We left port at 4.30pm and since then, we've seen magnificent "fiord-like" scenery, we've seen seals basking (still not as many as Lundy), we've nosed right under a waterfall, we've kayaked round a sheltered inlet and we've jumped into the (almost) freezing ocean from the top deck of the boat. Oh, and we've had the three course dinner. We shared our dinner table with a couple of delightful sisters names Ann and Moira who were doing a slightly shorter, and backward, version of my trip and another Brit lady spending six months here in NZ. What are we like??? A couple of babe magnets!!! We were all entertained and educated by one of the crew who is clearly enormously enthusiastic to share his (great) knowledge with anyone who cares to ask.
That's all I have to say at the mo but hopefully the remainder of the cruise in the morning, when we apparently venture as far as the Tasman Sea proper, will provide more food for this entry.... Right now, I'm off to sample the delights of the first real bed that I'll have slept in since Wellington.
Well, talk about chalk and cheese!! Morning arrived as did 28mm (and counting) of rainfall overnight and the fiord was transformed from a beautiful haunting scene to a misty bleak landscape with literally hundreds of temporary waterfalls cascading into the water. We ventured out into the Tasman Sea proper and encountered a swell of maybe 3 metres. Spray everywhere. Everyone soaked even before we travelled bow first under the fall nicknamed "the boatwash". Changes of clothes all tround. And a big "full English" made this a trip well worth doing.... Highly recommended.
And a note for Helen - not a single dolphin spotted, not one!!!