Tuesday, 13 October 2009

ABC Wednesday, M for Milford Sound in New Zealand









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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.

31 comments:

Miss Yves said...

Quel voyage extraordinaire§Merci de nous le faire partager.
Dave dessine très bien!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Wonderful it sounds reader wil. I didn't know that a sound was the same as a fiord - although I have heard of Milford sound.

Vicki Lane said...

What an absolutely amazingly beautiful place!

Arkansas Patti said...

Those mountains are awesome, they make ours look like beginner mountains. Just a beautiful country. Wonderful slides.
Very clever of your driver to draw that cartoon. You had a good seat.

Paula Scott said...

I know how to say that Maori word like a Maori would! That's because there are Maori's in Hawaii too and some of our songs that we sing are Maori.
Thanks for the great post!

Dina said...

They really have some stunning nature down there!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

What marvellous memories this brings back - we had a wonderful personal guide too in 2001 - we never got far into the sound as the rain and wind was horrendous - so much so that one waterfall in the sound was being blown back upwards by the wind - on the road from Te Anaeu the waterfalls were merging like curtains. We went to Doubtful Sound the day after which was another wonderful journey.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, what an awesome place! Amazing beauty! I would love to visit there! Thanks for the wonderful slide show! Have a great day, Wil!!

Sylvia

RuneE said...

I have a feeling I would have enjoyed living there - it seems somehow familiar :-)

Thank you for the tour!

Gretchen said...

So pretty! :)

anthonynorth said...

A beautiful place. Those inlets are called so many different names all around the world.

gleaner said...

Lovely photos - NZ has so much beauty in its landscape.

Pacey said...

Must be a beautiful place to be...we have of those mini bus you showed, a lot of them here in PI. Great for tours.

photowannabe said...

That must have been a magnificient trip. It is someplace I have always Interesting information too. dreamed of visiting.

SandyCarlson said...

What a great place. Thanks for the tour to a warmer place.

Cloudia said...

Ao Te Aroa!

Aloha, Friend

Comfort Spiral

Tumblewords: said...

Magical Milford! Thank you!

Hildred and Charles said...

We have sounds in Canada, too. Thank you for the wonderful slides.

Etje said...

Prachtige plaats is het daar, als je dat vergelijkt met ons kleine landje dan is de keuze vlug gemaakt

Babooshka said...

I didn't know what a sound one and we have a sound here, south of the island. As always I come away learning a little more than yesterday. Such a beautiful area.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

Our guide was Ron Peacock - my account is at http://www.geraldengland.co.uk/nz/nzj014.htm

Rose said...

This has to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world! I would love to see it one day. Thanks for such an interesting post, Reader Wil!

jabblog said...

What a beautiful slide show! It really is a wonderful and awe-inspiring place.

Nydia said...

You must have had the best time ever! :o) Cool ABC post and something new I learned today!

Kisses from Nyia.

Q said...

Another place I would love to visit!
My list just keeps growing.
Sherry

Joy said...

Thank you for sharing your journey, your photos show a fabulous, (in every sense of the word), place. I love the sketch as well, you look very happy.

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

Hi R-Wil,
Lucky you that you visit this great Milford (sound) park in NZ, its unforgetable I can imagine, thanks for showing:)

Greetings from JoAnn
Happy ABC
(come&see,I show Marvelous Holland)

Roger Owen Green said...

I've been more intrigued by New Zealand since I discovered a blog by an American expat named Arthur who lives in NZ. AmeriNZ

Lovely pics.

Etje said...

Zou een dag vol zonneschijn worden dus geniet er mùaar van

Marja said...

Fantastic I went there twice When I went with my brother it rained
I love that place so totally untouched and beautiful we saw a lot of dolphins too Amazing creatures

Jay said...

Oh, that brings back some memories! We took a trip to Milford Sound in 1988 - flight in a small plane (ouch, my ears!! LOL!) and then catamaran. It was incredible! I remember Mitre Peak, too!

Great 'M's!