Waking up memories from nabour country
21.11.2012 - 21.11.2012 19 °C
Today was going to be a long day. Good thing that there wasn't a cloud in the sky. Perfect day! Lucky because where I was going to usually have 300 rain days per year. I had booked a day tour to Milford Sounds in the Fiordland National Park. The travel company picked me up at my motel at 7.30 with the bus and I got a perfect window seat to get the best views. The 5,3 hours bus trip to Milford Sounds went through beautiful landscapes with green paddocks and round hills to high snow covered mountains. The further west we came the higher the mountains. We did several stops along the way for photos and toilette breaks. Along the way we also got explanations of how the valleys was formed by the glaciers during the ice age and how the ice changed and affected the mountains along it's way. The driver also informed about the special animals that NZ have, what's special about them and also the symbiotic relationship between animals and plants. Really interesting! New reflection of importance.
When arriving to Milford Sounds I went on a boat trip out on the fiord. It was similar to the fiords I've seen in Norway, but still a bit different. Seems like the mountains was higher and the vegetation went all the way to the water with high pine trees. On the 1,5 hour trip I saw waterfalls, furseals, alla kinds of water birds and Fiordland crested penguin. So fun to have seen them even if it was very short.
Back again to land and into the bus heading back. With less stops, only for toilette breaks, I arrived back to my studio at 8pm. Long day with lots of nature and animal experiences!
Finished the day with a superb grill dinner with views over the harbour area.