Tramping the rainy South Island
18.11.2014 - 22.11.2014
No trip to New Zealand is would be complete without a pilgrimage to Milford Sound, the worlds [i]number one [i] tourist attraction according to Tripadvisor. It was an amazing 120 kilometre road trip from the town of Te Anau to the end of the road. It felt like the Icefields Parkway in Alberta only with mountain parrots and the scary Homer Tunnel. It actually snowed the day after we were there and the road was closed!
Our boat trip on the Fiord (not a Sound) itself was surprisingly rain free and entertaining with a young maori interpreter who knew a lot of natural history and the kids liked his jokes. The pictures don't do it justice.
Back in Te Anau we hiked the first little bit of the Kepler Track and spent the night at a great backcountry hut with only 4 bunks. We hiked in rain the whole way in a beautiful beech forest and would have had a cold night if there hadn't been a stash of dry firewood.
More updates to come. There is a surprising lack of free wifi here in New Zealand!