Yesterday we ventured to the Milford Sound to visit the scenic Fjordland National Park. After a bus tour of the park we took an amazing cruise around the Sound. The Fjord’s were filled with waterfalls due to the recent rain, in addition to the four permanent waterfalls that can be found in Milford Sound. The Tasman Sea produced large swells which kept the members of the group entertained. The expert seal spotter Joel Martin lived up to his reputation by spotting several different groups of seals basking in the sun on the outrocks of the Fjords.
After an early morning class, we continued our streak of tours by taking a back roads trek through conservation park, river fordes, farmland, and river valleys joining Te Anau with Queenstown. The group felt like we were traveling through Middle Earth as the spectacular views were Lord of the Rings-esque. We made our final ascent to Queenstown on an authentic coal powered boat across Lake Wakatipu.
We are currently sitting in our self-proclaimed “Hobbit Hole” shared by the group. Our arrangements in Queenstown are wonderful. We are now starting to whittle down the endless options of what to do over our last few days in New Zealand!