A “Sound” Couple of Days

I’ll have longer posts on all of these experiences, but for now a quick update on where I’ve been the last 3 incredible days. 

Small Boat Excursion on Doubtful Sound’s First Arm inlet

 On Saturday the 19th, I boarded took a overnight cruise with the company Real Journeys on Doubtful Sound. The sound was so named when Captain James Cook first visited the South Island of New Zealand in 1770 because he was ‘doubtful’ he would be able to sail out of it if he sailed in.

Brooding Ambiance on Doubtful Sound
Saturday, we had brilliant blue skies and Sunday morning we had overcast and rainy. It was great being able to see the sound in both types of weather. The scenery was beyond description (as I am finding a lot here, especially in Fiordland National Park). 
Looking in to the Hollyford Valley along the Milford Sound Road
Sunday afternoon, I headed toward Milford Sound on the world famous Milford Sound Road. I had been warned by a number of Kiwis to take extra caution driving this road, and while it was incredibly scenic, it was no more a difficult drive than Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park or the Tioga Road in Yosemite. Just like those roads, the trip took me more than double what it should have since I stopped so often to take picture and admire the views. 
Sterling Waterfall, Milford Sound

 Just as with Doubtful Sound, I was able to see this area in both cloudy/rainy and sunny conditions, as Sunday afternoon on the drive in it was overcast and began to rain as soon as I passed through the Homer Tunnel, and Monday was brilliantly sunny, but with some low lying fog to create ambiance on my Milford Sound Cruise. 

I said on my Facebook status tonight that I could spend my whole trip here. I am intrigued by Dusky Sound, south of Doubtful Sound, as it is a almost completely untouched area, but that will have to wait for another trip. It’s time to move on to Queenstown, New Zealand’s adventure capital. Don’t expect to see any photos of me bungy jumping or sky diving, however, but I am hoping to take a couple of scenic flights over the next few days, weather permitting (as always in New Zealand).

2 Responses to “A “Sound” Couple of Days”

  1. Kate Clarke says:

    Ive only been to Milford Sound, but have managed to experience both rain and shine. We did he boat cruise on a sunny day in 'Oct and kayaked around on a drizzly miserable day later that year in Dec… the rain definitely doesn't detract from the experience as so many more waterfalls come out! Definitely a magical NZ treasure

  2. So glad you're having a great time–I know how much you were looking forward to it! 

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