Day tour to Milford by bus from Queensland, in New Zealand South Island

21 November 2007

Milford sound is situated on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island and is a beautiful fjord with mountain sides falling straight into the ocean. Getting here by bus from Queenstown is a nice option, for the beauty of the scenery crossed during the 13 hours roundtrip.

Queenstown, New Zealand
The bus from Queenstown to Milford departs early in the morning. I take some pictures of Queenstown just after sunrise.

 

New Zealand parrot New Zealand parrot
New Zealand pigeon New Zealand pigeon
The bus makes a short stop in Te Anau, where there is a conservation centre for endangered species. Top pictures: mountain parrots from New Zealand and, below, the New Zealand pigeon.

 

Mirror lakes, New Zealand
The Mirror Lakes are so called for they ability, in no wind conditions, to reflect everything exactly as a mirror.

 

The bus is now entering one of the wettest area of New Zealand. Everywhere there are streams, waterfalls and rain forests


 

Waterfalls feed by rain an melting snow.

 

Milford Sound, New Zealand Milford Sound, New Zealand
Milford Sound, New Zealand Milford Sound, New Zealand
The bus finally reach Milford, from where I board a small cruise ship, for a two hours exploration of this beautiful fiord.

 

Milford Sound, New Zealand
In the fjord, there are countless waterfalls.

 

The dense rainforest and a nice beach.

 

Fiordland crested penguin, New Zealand Fiordland crested penguin, New Zealand
Fiordland crested penguin, New Zealand Occasionally, I see some Fiordland Crested penguin, a very nice penguin with a yellow crest on the head.

 

 

Sea Lion, New Zealand
Sea lions resting on the rocks.

 

Rainforest, New Zealand
Is now time to go back to Queenstown. The bus crosses this beautiful rainforest.

 

A valley with dense vegetation, having also a fracture of the earth's crust.

 

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