Thursday, January 21, 2010

Day 5-New Zealand "MILFORD SOUND"

So we arrived in Queenstown at the end of day 4. Queenstown is a goldmine town that was named after Queen Victoria. Queenstown is surrounded by rugged mountain peaks, and is built on the hillsides overlooking beautiful Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown is a beautiful site. I think I need a little vacation home here along the lake. Today is day 5 so we started bright and early for our adventure into Milford Sound.

Again today will be another day of "The Joy is in the Journey" We traveled by bus approx four hours to get to Milford. We made lots of stops along the way as we took in another picturesque day. Words and photo's alone can't describe the beauty.

Once we arrived in Milford we were escorted onto a boat. We enjoyed lunch on the boat as we set sail through the fjord.

Milford Sound is one of the most immediately breathtaking places in New Zealand. It was created during the great ice-age when glaciers cut vast vertical sided canyons, then gradually melted. The 22-km-long fjord is dominated by beautiful Mitre Peak and calmed by gorgeous waters that mirror the sheer peaks surrounding them. Milford Sound is AKA as the 8th wonder of the world. Precipitation at Milford Sound tops 21 feet a year, making it one of the wettest places on earth.

The rock walls were washed with hundreds of cascading waterfalls. As we approached Mitre Peak it was this huge mountain protruding out of the water with the mirror reflections of the peaks in the water.

I love waterfalls they are one of my favorite things in nature. I love the natural beauty and feeling of peace a waterfall brings. Gosh I took thousands of photos of all the waterfalls. It was so hard to narrow down just a few to post here.

The boat cruised right up next to one of the largest falls. The water was spilling over into the boat. It was very refresing and a bit cold. but well worth the experience.

After our adventure in Milford Sound we started back down the mountain. We ran into a New Zealand traffic jam. Yes you can't come to New Zealand without seeing sheep. There are 40 million sheep and 4 million people in the country. Well it was not a new site to me, but the others in our group thought it was very funny. was another wonderful day in New Zealand.


Sheila Bennett said...

Beautiful! Sounds like you're having a wonderful time. Congrats on earning the trip!

Susann said...

I love the picture of the Milford Sound with the mountains and lake. WOW! What great memories to have with your hubby.


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