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During our stay on the South Island in January and February 2005, my daughter, her children and I stayed at various Holiday Parks.The one in Te Anau was very close to the MILFORD Sound. So we booked for a trip to this beautiful Sound. What a fjord is in Norway is called a sound in New Zealand. MILFORD Sound is called by the MAORIS : "Piopiotahi", which means "Place of the singing thrush", a bird which is now extict.
Pretty early in the mornig we were picked up by Dave, the driver of the van and our guide for the day. He was a terrific guide, who told us about wildlife on the island and showed a lot of interesting spots on a walk before we took the boat to the MILFORD Sound. He drew a picture of his van and us sitting there. The woman next to the driver was supposed to be me! LOL! The only other passengers apart from the five of us, were a very nice Australian couple!
During our boat trip we saw Bottlenose Dolphins and Southern Fur Seals. In the distance we saw the MITRE Peak, which rises directly from sealevel and is 1,692 metres(5,560 feet) high.