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20 December 2013 @ 08:55 pm
Advent calendar Day 20 - pining for the fjords  
My final New Zealand post. While staying in Queenstown we took a day trip to Milford Sound, which would have to be one of the most picturesque parts of the country. I'll confess that my photography is shite but all the same I have to share these; Milford Sound is quite simply one of the most photogenic places I've been, and the trip there also had its highlights.

(note that the timestamp on the photos is Brisbane time; New Zealand is three hours ahead so 7am Qld is 10am NZ.)
The bus collected us from our hotel at 7am (NZ), for a five hour trip to the sound. Along the way we had a few stops, including one at the Mirror Lakes. Someone has a sense of humour!

Like the sign says photo likethesignsays_zpsf9e62ddc.jpg

The sign didn't lie:
Mirror Lake photo Mirrorlakes_zpsc8c40e94.jpg

During the Depression, the New Zealand government was actively looking for projects that would benefit the nation, and at the same time create jobs. One of the projects they funded was a tunnel through the mountains:

Tunnel through the mountain photo tunnelthroughthemountain_zpsbc14dca6.jpg
It wasn't finished until well after the second world war - but if you consider the fact that they didn't have the machinery that's available now, you'll agree that it was an engineering feat to be proud of.

What can I say? I love the Monty Python references.

Give us your lupins! photo lupins_zps0a6748d2.jpg
Give us your lupins!

Our coach:

Bus in - huge trees photo busandtree_zps103d66b7.jpg

Snow on the mountains:

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Once we arrived at Milford Sound we boarded a boat for a cruise. It was a grey, overcast day but the scenery was still spectacular.

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Waterfall spray photo waterfallspray_zps5b0d7921.jpg

Seals! We saw seals!
Seals 2 photo snoozingseals_zps1a31441b.jpg

And got up almost close enough to smell their fishy breath.
Seals 1 photo seals_zpsb6e2c689.jpg

Waterfall photo waterfall1_zpse9e493e4.jpg

Milford Sound 1 photo MilfordSound1_zps707ffc03.jpg

Milford Sound 2 photo incrediblescenery_zps331b08a1.jpg

This is where the Sound meets the ocean:

Where Milford Sound meets the ocean photo WhereMilfordSoundmeetstheocean_zps6c57979f.jpg

On the way back the weather closed in even more. It was an eerie feeling, being on a boat out on the water with the walls of rock rising up on each side, under the lowering cloud.

Weather closing in photo weatherclosingin_zps21fd78b8.jpg

I'd like to go back someday and see this in the sunlight. I reckon it would be glorious.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Merlin Pendragon: Station spatialemrlnpndrgn on December 20th, 2013 12:44 pm (UTC)
Those photos remind me of the trip my friend and I made to Norway some years ago (rain, waterfall and all).

The fjiords were spectacular too, but a bit of sun would have been nice ;-/

I don't remember if I posted photos at the time, but it looks rather similar...
miwahni: Cats Yule feelin coolmiwahni on December 21st, 2013 08:45 am (UTC)
I'd love to see your photos, so if you ever find the post please link me to it. :-)
Merlin Pendragon: Hiver - 06-01-01mrlnpndrgn on December 23rd, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
Seems I deleted the photos from my LJ (no idea why!).

I'll have to post them again because I have no idea how to do it from a comment :-(
gillyp: All the right notesgillyp on December 20th, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC)
Wonderful scenery, fabulous pics. Looks like somewhere I need to put on my bucket list.
miwahni: Cats Yule feelin coolmiwahni on December 21st, 2013 08:46 am (UTC)
Definitely. New Zealand is just beautiful, everywhere you go, but the fjords are especially stunning. My photos do not do them justice.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] FANTASTICdraycevixen on January 1st, 2014 06:19 am (UTC)

All this and fishy breath too. :D

You're right, it's gorgeous.
miwahni: UK fish spankingmiwahni on January 1st, 2014 09:07 am (UTC)
Breathtakingly so.