New Zealand: Never ceases to amaze…

Having covered the Lakes Hawea, and Wanaka, and the Glaciers in the South Island in New Zealand, Firoze drove from Queenstown to Milford Sound. What awaited him here took his breath away all over again! Yes that’s how beautiful he claimed the South Island to be.
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This little country in Oceania oozes natural beauty, colours, awe-inspiring roads, and surrealistic water-bodies.
“After seeing Franz Joseph, and thinking nothing on Earth could be more spectacular, we arrived at Milford Sound, and realised the stunning natural wonders of NZ will never cease to surprise!” exclaimed Firoze.

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Milford Sound has been judged the world’s top travel destination 2008 by Trip Advisor, and had even been described as the eight wonder of the world by Rudyard Kipling!

Milford Sound also called Piopiotahi by the Māori ( indigenous people of New Zealand) is a fiord within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It is 15 km long, running inland from the Tasman Sea at Dale Point and is surrounded by sheer rock faces on either side.

The Sound contains two permanent waterfalls, Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls. After heavy rainfall, several temporary waterfalls run down the steep sided rock faces that line the fiord. But they last a few days at most once the rain stops.

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“Milford Sound is a place of awe-inspiring grandeur that would leave even the most seasoned traveller in awe. Located in one of the remotest places of NZ, the drive from Queenstown to Milford is itself one of the most beautiful in the world, passing through the Fiordland National Park area,” said the eye-witness, a driving enthusiast.

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The drive passes through a variety of scenery, from beautiful grasslands, Majestic mountain ranges, and thick forests. For a long time, this remote and unspoiled location had been difficult to visit for tourists, but now travelling from Queenstown or Te Anau has become easier.
One must see it to believe the existence of such pristine natural beauty — with the winning combination of mountain peaks, dark blue waters and the dramatic effect of the forested cliffs in the backdrop.

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If you are lucky you might get to witness cameo appearances by some New Zealand fur seals sunbathing on the Seal rock! It’s a rare sight elsewhere in the world, but in NZ you might honestly come across several seals basking in the glorious sun. One might think how a seal weighing over 120-150 kg can climb up high on the rock, but with the help of their front and hind flippers they can glide and walk on land reaching a speed up to 20 km/hour!

To be continued to Firoze’s journey through Fiordland National Park.  You can check out the rest of his travel stories here.

(Copyright on all photographs held by Firoze Mistry)

 

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