Friday, February 8, 2013

Cruising through Dusky and Milford Sounds, New Zealand

The very best way to see the sounds of New Zealand is from a boat, so we felt lucky to cruise through a couple of the west side southern island sounds with our cruise ship. We had heard that other cruise lines have to bypass this as they are too big to turn around. We never saw another ship while we traveled through Dusky, but there were some smaller passenger ships and even kayaks in Milford sound.

I might mention that these are called sounds, but they are in fact fjords which were created by glaciers a very long time ago. We were very lucky with weather, as this is an area that sees a lot of rain, yet we had sunshine and mixed clouds all day. It took about 2 hours to travel through Dusky sound in the morning. Then we traveled up to Milford, about 6 hours sail, where the ship unfortunately had a passenger with a medical emergency, so we anchored there for several hours so the passenger could be removed. Milford does have road access and a small domestic airport nearby, as well as an underwater viewing station, however we never left the ship. Since the next 2 days would be spent crossing the turbulent Tasman Sea, I'd say it was a lucky place for the passenger to get sick.

The beauty of the area can be seen in the granite peaks and waterfalls, as well as the clear waters where we saw seals and dolphins. Have a look at the photos and see if you don't agree with me that this pristine natural reserve is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It is reminiscent of the fjords in Alaska.













The water was so clear and green


Stunning waterfalls


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