Saturday, 25 January 2014

Milford Track Blog

The Milford Track is utterly as good as the hype. Rather than write a full five day blow by blow account here is a bunch of photographs, organised by day, with the occasional helpful caption. Enjoy!

Day 1:
After a long coach trip and boat trip we arrived at the start of the track in the rain

After a very short walk we arrived at our lodge for the night.  The sun came out later.

Day 2:

A misty cloudy day, but the cloud was still high enough to get glimpses of the peaks.

New Zealand Robin

Amazing temperate rainforest

A board walk optional side trip across some wetlands

We came out of the forest for a bit where there had been a big land slip a number of years ago

The Clinton River valley
Day 3:
After a crazily early start we began to climb...

The cirque at the head of the Clinton River Valley

Climbing up and up

One of the lakes at the top of the McKinnon Pass

The Kea - these will steal your lunch, even if it is zipped up in your bag

A panorama on top - it really was a loo with a view.

Steps on the route down

The Sutherland Falls - the reason the track was made in the first place.

Day 4:
More incredible rainforest

The boat shed - a morning drinks refuge from the sandflies

The Arthur River Valley

The four Japanese ladies in our party, complete with nets. 

Mixed feelings at the last mile marker

Our boat to Milford Sound at the end of the walk

Mitre Peak Lodge - our final resting place.

Mitre Peak and Milford Sound.  Mitre Peak is the one that looks a tiny bit like a bishop's mitre.  Apparently.

Helen made it.  So did James - he took the photo.

Day 5:  The morning boat cruise on Milford Sound - our reward for finishing!

Next, The Routeburn Track. We will be offline again for a few days. 

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