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.
The bus from Queenstown to Milford departs early in the morning. I take some pictures of Queenstown just after sunrise.
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.
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.
The bus finally reach Milford, from where I board a small cruise ship, for a two hours exploration of this beautiful fiord.
In the fjord, there are countless waterfalls.
The dense rainforest and a nice beach.
Occasionally, I see some Fiordland Crested penguin, a very nice penguin with a yellow crest on the head.
Sea lions resting on the rocks.
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.