Oh bugger

Trip Start Jul 27, 2004
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Trip End Dec 21, 2004


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Saturday, August 14, 2004

Well, where do we start? The pelting rain? The pelting rain that turned to snow flakes? The little snow flakes that turned to pelting snow? The pelting snow that decided to settle on the most dangerous of mountain roads (that we happened to be driving on). Actually they were rhetorical questions.

The journey to Te Anau down in the south was probably the scariest journey either of us had to contend with. At one point on the Haast Pass the road was narrow & slippy we thought we were going to have to put the snow chains on the car, as neither of us know how to attach snow chains we decided to risk it.

Obviously we survived & reached Te Anau in one piece. One hell of a drive though, 8 hours & lots & lots of dodgy roads.

Anyway the whole purpose of going this far south was to visit Milford Sound (got told what a sound is but can't remember, something to do with glaciers & water. Milford Sound is reputed to be one of the most spectacular sights in NZ. Unfortunately it is only served by a very small mountain pass, which was covered in slippery snow & no-one was allowed through it. Bugger! The kind landlady of the Cozy Kiwi in Te Anau suggested another sound a bit further away but just as nice. As there was absolutely nothing else to do in Te Anau we decided to go for it & she kindly booked everything for us.

Doubtful Sound is also a beautiful sight to behold with miles of water (opening out to the Tasman sea), grand water falls, surrounded by huge mountains & teeming with wildlife including rare penguins, seals & (get this) bottle nose dolphins! I'm paraphrasing from the brochure because all we saw was lots of snow, sleet, rain & low lying cloud that not only obscured the mountain tops but anything more than 200m away. To see all this we spent nigh on $400 & travelled 12hrs round trip. Not the best of days! Don't believe us? Look at the blummin pictures.
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