Milford Sound was the destination for Day 7 of our New Zealand Wanderings. Part of the day was always going to include a boat cruise. The cruise was one of the many offered by Real Journeys.
New Zealand Wanderings Day 7 – Milford Sound
My expectations of travelling there were that I would find some absolutely stunning scenery. I wasn’t disappointed. It really is a stunning part of the world and if you go to New Zealand you really should try to see it.
However, you can’t just go there. While at the bottom is gorgeous, and I took quite a few long exposures, you are only seeing a small part. Taking a boat cruise is the best way to see it for yourself.
We did a two hour cruise with Real Journeys. In the photo above you can see the boat we went out on as it was coming back in. It was a big one and it is the one that you can do the overnight cruises on. That could be fun. We decided to do just the two hour cruise.
There was plenty of room available to see everything you wanted to see. It wasn’t so overcrowded that you were stuck just on one side of it. Though we tended to stick to the left, which is where all the action seemed to be happening.
We stayed up on the top deck to make sure we didn’t miss anything, but there were many places you could take photos. There were a lot of ropes to get around, but they weren’t too bad. I tried to incorporate them into my photos in some cases.
I know I’ve complained about people in the past, but today was brilliant. We met a lovely couple from New York, Eric and Gail. We chatted with them quite a bit.
Everyone on board was good and no one really annoying. It has been one of the best experiences so far with doing something that was touristy.
It is great seeing how many people are taking photos. Then what cameras they use. Many use their phones, while there was a combination of other cameras as well. There were also some that came purely to sit and watch the views as we went past.
The whole place is quite extraordinary. The sheer cliffs that we went past were incredible. It must have been raining a bit as well as there were waterfalls everywhere. Apparently, so our guide was telling us, there are only three permanent ones. The rest were from recent bad weather.
One that was flowing incredibly fast was the Glacier one. The water coming from the glacier. It was a little scary to see how much water was running off from it. People look at them and don’t think they are melting fast, but a great deal of water comes from underneath them. We have heard many times, since being here, how much the glaciers have receded in recent years.
That is the bottom of the waterfall. The patterns that were being created in the water were amazing. There will be another photo in the gallery so you can see it.
I think that is what it was called. They were pretty cool too. Much smaller, but you could see rainbows in them, which was fun.
The boat cruise by Real Journeys was a great one to do. We really really enjoyed our day. I would highly recommend them for your tour experience when you travel to New Zealand.
I took over 500 photos, but here are 26. I tried to narrow it down. When I get home I might work on some more. I hope you enjoy seeing the cruise through my cameras, the Fujifilm X-T3 of course.