Milford Sound consistently features on peoples top 10 destinations in the world and is renowned for being one of the best in New Zealand. Yet, it is not only the Sound itself that makes it such a renowned destination – but also the road to it. Because of this, I was a bit apprehensive about doing it. Can it really be that good? Or will it be a f*cking dissapointment? (Like anything Muse has done since 2006).
Milford Road cuts its way from the town of Te Anau (a quiet place – apart from mini golf there is nothing to do. You’re either here to walk or to go to Milford), through Fiordland National Park and ultimately to Milford Sound. I was lucky enough (well, I paid to) travel this road in both directions before taking a cruise on the Milford Sound. This road is not without it’s dangers. It’s frequently closed (as it was a week before I travelled in) due to rock falls and avalanches. Brilliant. I’ve paid to travel to some possibly over-hyped place where if being trampled by tourists doesn’t kill me, an avalanche sure will.
Who am I kidding? This road is incredible. It deserves all the hype it gets. I took hundreds of photos on the road and hundreds more on the sound. Here are my favourite shots from the road. I hope you enjoy and appreciate how sweet a place this really is.
Mount Crosscut / Hollyford Valley.
Impressive tunnel carved through solid rock. This tunnel is over 1000 metres in length and through much of it has no supporting structure. It literally is just a hole in the rock.
East Homer Nature Track.
(Even got in a cheeky bit of bouldering).
Filling up my water. 99% pure – the wettest water in the world.
I realise that these are in no particular order, but I can’t be blamed for that! I stopped at some of these locations and lookouts on the way there and others on the way back – and I’m too lazy to trawl the internet and find the correct order. I’m sure you don’t need it to see how gnarly this road is and that it well deserves it’s reputation as one of the best in the world.
Here are some pictures of the different wildlife which I encountered en-route too.
Kea. The world’s only alpine parrot. Tearing apart someone’s rental car. It held on the roof after it stopped moving for well over two hundred metres.
That’s it for the Milford Road. Stay tuned for my a blog on the Milford sound.
Ever been on the road? What did you think? Or have you driven down better? Please, let me know!