Once on shore we retraced our steps until we turned off to head up along the shore of Lake Wakatipu to arrive in Queenstown.
On waking early we were on deck at 6am to see the sun rise over Milford Sound. The peace and tranquillity meant that everybody was speaking in hushed pre-dawn tones. Gradually one by one the mountains became visible as the sun touched first the tops and then creeping down the slopes. The ship raised anchor and headed again to the Tasman sea but in vain to find some sea mammals. Instead on the way back the ship was taken close almost touching the cliffs under the Stirling Falls. These falls are three times the height of the Niagara Falls much to the disbelief of the American passengers. This is because scale is very hard to establish and they do look small until they loom large above the ship you are in.