Fiords and waterfalls of Milford
Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
81Trip End Mar 04, 2011
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It was a long day on the bus with two journeys before breaks. Of course they stopped in allocated cafes to encourage people to spend their money. After three hours driving we eventually arrived at Milford via some stunning scenary. Huge mountains rose on either side of the road as we navigated the windy but mainly flat road at the bottom
We eventually wound our way through the valleys past Mirror Lake which is exactly how it sounds...a lake which reflects the mountains in the background. Unfortunately for most of the journey those mountains were covered in mist then as that cleared the clouds crept in. We did get non stop commentary from the bus driver which was informative if it didn't drive you nuts by the end of the trip.
The cruise through to the Tasman sea was pretty spectacular notwithstanding the first bit was overtaken by thoughts of food and the massive buffet. There was a significant change in the sea as we left the secluded cove behind and entered the open sea. As we were tossed up and down by the swell I did spare a thought for those early mariners who found this place in their 17th Centuary ships. Apparently it was originally spotted by Captain Cook but not 'discovered' until later. Because there hadn't been rain for over a week the waterfalls were more like damp bits of rock rather than rushing cascades of water.
The benefit of having a guide was we also learnt about the farms or homestays as we passed them...amazingly huge sheep farms stretched for as far as the eye could see in either direction. Pretty harsh lifestyle running a farm in these days with thousands of sheep but also what a place to live with amazing scenary and solitude to great you every day. We also learnt of the devastating effect introduced species are having on the countryside. I didn't realise that NZ originally had no native mammels except a fruit bat. Or the effect the introduced rabits, deer and stoats are having on the landscape.