January 3rd, 2017
Invercargill to Queenstown via Milford Sound
Highlight: The Buffet
Lowlight: The amount of driving today, so sleepy!
5:15 am and the alarm goes off, what were we thinking?! With barely any sleep and feeling quite seedy we set off for Te Anau to go on our Milford Sound tour. Gutted that the weather is so foggy and bleak on the one day we needed amazing. We have managed to miss a lot of the rain thus far, but today it caught up to us.
Grace drove this morning and Mike looked cozy as all tucked up in the back. I regret not sleeping on the drive too. We got to Te Anau found a park and got a dirty pie each for breakfast. I got steak and cheese and it was loaded with steak. We made pretty good time on the trip in, yay for no wind.
I’m so sleepy I have been sleeping on Mike’s arm during the boring bits. It’s so warm in the van/bus that it’s hard to stay awake. When we get out to explore it’s a good break from the heat. I had no idea when I booked the tour that it included a bus tour. This added more time, but I think it was worth it.
Stops along the way:
- Egglington Valley (that they set on fire back in the day)
- The mirror lake
- Knobs flat
- Falls creek (worlds wettest water)
- Homer’s Tunnel
We left the tunnel and there was basically no visibility. We are missing what we can only assume are spectacular views. It was a pretty cool tunnel, it went downhill and we were a lot lower down out the other side. We boarded the boat and were given our pita pit. Pre-made sandwiches would usually concern me, but they were delicious! Chicken nom nom
We spent the first part of the cruise on the top deck, it was very windy and wet up there though. Mike and I went below deck (I had a sneaky kit kat and hot chocolate). We then went out to the front of the boat (which was crazy windy, but so fun) and took lots of photos. This was the least crowded part of the boat due to the weather.
I was starting to feel quit sick so I went back to sit below deck. The fur seals were so cute, it was cool how the captain was able to move the boat around seal rock. The rest of the squad (minus Mike) stood outside when the boat went right up to the waterfall. Screw that! They came back absolutely soaked.
Interesting fact: There are only 2 permanent waterfalls in Milford Sound. This changes due to weather, there can be thousands after rain. Today I reckon there were a few hundred.
Stops on the way home:
- The Chasm
- Homer’s tunnel
- Lake Gunn
- Russell Lupins (the wild flowers I love are actually weeds)
Frank the tank was our tour driver and he was hilariously grumpy! Loved his banter about other drivers. Except he never turned the microphone off and you could always hear him breathing and eating. We left Te Anau and I pretty much slept on and off the entire way to Queenstown. Once we arrived in Queenstown everyone had showers, to get ready for the skyline experience.
Once we arrived at the skyline I got super nervous at how ridiculously steep the Gondola was. I went up with Grace, Dan and Mike. Once at the top everyone went on the luge and I went on a photography mission. My new battery didn’t last very long and I didn’t get all the photos I wanted. The buffet was amazing! I have never seen so much food. There was fresh seafood, meat, salads, sushi, cold platters, cheeses, sauces, sweet treats and so much more. The venison was my
The buffet was amazing! I have never seen so much food. There was fresh seafood, meat, salads, sushi, cold platters, cheeses, sauces, sweet treats and so much more. The venison was my favourite followed closely by the lamb. I accidentally ate an anchovy, it was awful. Now I am so full and lying in bed is extremely uncomfortable. I hope I get a good night sleep because we have another early day tomorrow. Thankfully it’s the last of the big days!