Close Encounters in New Zealand
- New Zealand – here we come
- New Zealand 1: Auckland
- Bay of Islands, New Zealand
- Fawlty Towers in New Zealand
- Life is good in New Zealand
- Fairy Tales in New Zealand
- Mordor, Tongariro – New Zealand
- Lights in New Plymouth, New Zealand
- Hiking another great mountain in New Zealand
- Food for Belgians in New Zealand
- Whales in New Zealand
- Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
- New Zealand, West, too fast
- these shoes are made for walking (New Zealand 15)
- Tourists in New Zealand!
- Close Encounters in New Zealand
- The Itinerary of a 4 week New Zealand trip
- Happy Feet, New Zealand
- Turquoise Lake, New Zealand
- The end of our New Zealand trip
An interesting, non-typical day.
After a great breakfast in this wonderful Fiordland Lodge, we were of to Milford Sound once more.
We had a lovely morning, but it started raining soon after we hit the road. The road was even worse than yesterday: the rain kept on coming down. The nice thing about that is that all these ad hoc waterfalls in the scenic reserve were fed enough water to come to their full potential. We split tasks: I tried to keep the car on the road, and Vicky told me how nice these waterfalls are :-)
We had booked a small cruise on the Milford Sound (a fjord, opening to the Tasman Sea). Despite the rather low visibility, we were greeted by a very enthusiastic guide, Nick. He warned us that we should keep cameras ready and get on the bow of the ship when he told us, as he had met a surprise on sailing in. And yes, we had not left the harbour for more than 20 minutes when he called us in the wheelhouse and we could have a first look at this pod of Dolphins: a mix of Dusky Dolphins and Common Dolphins. The pod remained with the boat for 20 minutes. Some of them even started swimming just in front of the bow, while the ship was at high speed. Vicky made a small film, so if that has worked out fine, we’ll have it on youtube shortly.
So you can imagine, this photo-geek standing on the bridge – soaked wet from the rain and the water that came over the bow. Nothing could make me any wetter than I was at that time. We encountered some fur seals on the way back, making a great day complete. We had not seen any of the mountains but felt we had a great tour with lots of unexpected things happening. This part of the Unesco world heritage has stolen our heart, and on the next visit to New Zealand we will definitely make more time in the Sounds area.