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Fiordland

We only spent one day here, as do most visitors to this part of the world and were fortunate to experience near perfect hot and sunny weather, a rare thing in an area that gets 8000mm of rain per year. I had high expectations of this area that some people consider the most beautiful place on this planet and having done a fair bit of travelling I have a lot to compare to... Well, I spent practically the entire day spellbound. Past Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland, the scenery just gets better and better. The drive alone was absolutely amazing, we passed amazing alpine scenery, often surrounded by huge walls of mountains, we saw beautiful rivers tumbling through narrow gorges, waterfalls that just seemed to start from the top of mountains, at times the mountains seemed so sheer that it appeared that we were driving right underneath the overhanging lip of glaciers suspended thousands of feet above us, we saw kea's, the cheaky huge native parrots that especially love playing in the snow. All this was before we even got to Milford Sound, a beautiful fiord hemmed in by huge sheer walls of mountains with beautiful waterfalls cascading down, these walls almost seemed like a fortress to the many dolphins and seals that we saw playing in the water. Unfortunately as is always the way my photos do not do the place any justice at all, you simply have to visit for yourself.
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A quick break in Te Anau
A quick break in Te Anau
Me, Matt and Lizzie
Me, Matt and Lizzie
Mum and Dad and Lizzie
Mum and Dad and Lizzie
The roadside stop
The roadside stop
Lizzie enjoying stretching her wee legs
Lizzie enjoying stretching her wee legs
A kea comes to visit
A kea comes to visit
A kea's favourite treat, window seal
A kea's favourite treat, window seal
Another roadside stop
Another roadside stop
Another roadside stop
Another roadside stop
The kea
The kea
Matt, Lizzie and the kea
Matt, Lizzie and the kea
The view from the Milford side of the Homer Tunnel
The view from the Milford side of the Homer Tunnel
The view from the Milford side of the Homer Tunnel
The view from the Milford side of the Homer Tunnel
Me and Lizzie - Milford Sound
Me and Lizzie - Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Mum and baby dolphin
Mum and baby dolphin
Dolphins playing near the sheer rock walls
Dolphins playing near the sheer rock walls
One of many waterfalls
One of many waterfalls
Waterfall
Waterfall
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Matt and Lizzie - Milford Sound
Matt and Lizzie - Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Just near the entrance to Milford Sound
Just near the entrance to Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Dad, Lizzie and Matt
Dad, Lizzie and Matt
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
Milford Sound
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