NZ road trip (part 2)

It’s hard to believe but it just keeps getting better! The scenery of the South Island is stunning. It’s grand, majestic and very impressive. From Franz Josef glacier we drive South through the Haast pass with many obligatory Kodak stops and a few hikes to admire the mountains. It’s a crime we don’t have our proper camera with us (long story short: it is being repaired) so we only have our phones to take photos with. 

 

Franz Josef glacier

  

Fox glacier

  

Mount Aspiring national park

  

skimming

  

Bruce bay

  

Haast

  

spotting seals on the rocks

 

We arrive in Makarora and decide it’s a cool place to stop.  We find some accommodation and settle in for the night.  Makarora is a small town in the middle of nowhere with a history of gold digging. 

Makarora

  

Makarora airfield

  

stretching out after a long drive

 

The next day we head for Queenstown (again with many stops on the way). To avoid being in a city we stay in Cadrona and enjoy the fresh mountain air!   

Makarora

 

Crown range pass

  

Sublime colouring over Lake Hawea , name the cloud type competition?

  

the view towards Queenstown

  

Next up is Fiordland… We pick Te Anau as a base and from here do a few excursions. It’s raining when we arrive so the perfect opportunity to visit the glow worm caves across the lake. No photos allowed in the caves and we have to be superquiet to not disturb the worms. The following day the sun is back and we get to see Milford Sound in glorious sunshine. The drive from Te Anau to Milford is stunning and then the boat trip is breathtaking. So much unspoilt beautiful nature. We see dolphins and seals, spectacular waterfalls and rugged snow covered mountains.  

it’s busy on the road to Milford,

  

the sun comes out as we approach Milford

  

impressive mountains everywhere

 

waterfalls in Milford Sound

  

Milford Sound

  

more Milford Sound…

  

and more… with snow in the distance

   

it’s fun on the boat trip

  

seals on the rocks

 

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