This is Cleddau River inside Fiordland. The river is one of the most massive rivers that feed the waters of Milford Sound.
However in winter, the volume of water in the river is low. But it certainly makes for a nice scenery.
Our driver/guide informed us that the water in Fiordland is safe to drink. When we asked why so? His answer: No one ever got sick from drinking the water there.
Good answer. So all of us on the bus tried the water in the stream. And right it was, the water was crystal clear, pure, untreated spring water that came from the mountains. Very refreshing.
I am sure you get a chance to do so. There are many pit stops in Fiordland. If you see a bus or some cars stopping -- just join in and find out what's the fuss all about.
This is another reflection of the mountain in the river in Fiordland. The majesty of the mountains is the result of large-scale teutonic plates moving and conflicting one another.
The geology of New Zealand is vastly different from Australia despite their close proximity to each other.
Geologists theorise that Australia broke away from the continent Gondwanaland about 60 million year ago and drifted on a plate. New Zealand however arrived in the Pacific much earlier and was the result of massive plate movements and conflict.
Hence the geothermal activity of the area. Fiordland is one such creation of the massive geological conflict which created these islands.
Fiordland is also the only such fiord in the southern hemisphere making it a unique natural wonder.
This is one place to stop on your way towards Milford Sound in Fiordland.
The place is called Mirror Lake and you can see why. The reflection of the mountains in the water is so clear and still, it looks positively radiant.
The lake can be many times larger in summer but in winter (lack of rain) it is almost the size of a pond. Nevertheless there's a plus point here, you get to see snow-capped mountains which in summer is gone.
This is one of the few rainbows we managed to catch on camera as part of our journey through the sound.
Many boats can get really close to the waterfalls, especially the small redboats.
Passengers can thus get 'splashed' by the water and get themselves wet. It can be fun but in the cold, its not recommended. Plus the boat deck tends to be rather slippery.
This is one of the many waterfalls you can find at Milford Sound and one of the largest we saw that day.
I am thinking, I need to be here again in summer to see the full extend of its power.
The water comes from the mountains above and runs through highland rivers. There are many rivers all over Fiordland and many places around South Island.
Check out for the sign post 'Scenic Area' along your drives and you can just stop for a few minutes or so to enjoy a walk around the national parks to catch them.
The Milford Sound is the tail-end of the journey into Fiordland. It is a majestic sound and quite worth a trip on a boat to tour the area.
Along the way, you can find seals basking in the sun, dolphins in the water, fishes and birds.
There are also many waterfalls but in winter, they are not too strong. The guide informed us that in summer, the waterfalls are practically huge.
Many boats can get very close to the waterfalls and you can take some quite stunning photos and occassionally might capture a rainbow.
However the sound is quite cold so I recommend dressing warmly in winter. The wind does cut the cheeks.
This is again the same picture of the Mitre Peak of the Milford Sound.
Notice the difference in the light. It changes every few minutes and something else is revealed.
Ever so often the light changes and we get lots of long shadows which gives as new interpretation of the same scene.
Fiordland’s fishing is almost as spectacular as its scenery.
The brown and rainbow trout population are all wild and self-sustaining with the average fish weighing one-two kilograms. Much larger fish are always a possibility
Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri are open for fishing all year round. The rivers are generally open for the summer months
A range of experienced operators offer guided freshwater and saltwater fishing. Licences are required and are readily available at a number of outlets in Te Anau and Manapouri
A phenomenon called ‘deep water emergence’ creates an environment similar to the deep ocean only a few metres under the Sound.
‘Milford Deep’ underwater observatory is situated in the middle of Piopiotahi (Milford) Marine Reserve. It enables visitors to view a completely natural and unaffected marine community without getting wet! You’ll see rare red and black coral, butterfly perch, anemones and sponges, scarlet wrasse, snake stars and much more
The unique marine environment can be viewed during a diving excursion on a cruise or as a full day guided trip from Te Anau. The visibility is great and the water warmer than you think!
A new alternative to diving in Milford is the Antipodes, a state of the art submarine. Peer beneath the surface and experience the thrill of discovering a seascape unrivalled on the planet. This experience includes a 50 minute dive down the wall of Williamston Point
The walks in Fiordland National Park are world famous. Spend a day or a week on one of the spectacular tracks.
It’s easy to arrange a day walk on either the Milford, Kepler or Routeburn Tracks. Experienced guides explain the unique flora and fauna that you’ll see along the way
Longer tracks - the unabridged Milford and Routeburn, Kepler, Hollyford and Dusky - take a number of days. There are huts to stay in along the way
The pristine beauty of Fiordland can be seen close up from the water.
Cruise around Milford, Doubtful, Dusky or Breaksea Sounds. The pristine forest, sheer rock walls and tumbling waterfalls are a breathtaking sight. Local inhabitants include bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and Fiordland crested penguins
Cruises range from half to full day trips, one to six night packages or group charters. Some companies offer fishing and diving packages or ecology-based tours
Sea and lake kayaking is an active way to explore Fiordland in a small, personalised group. Several specialist companies offer a range of kayaking trips, including overnight trips to six-day adventures
You can also cruise or sail picturesque Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri
Take the two and a half hour trip to Te Anau Caves and glow-worm grotto on the edge of Lake Te Anau. These caves are geologically active - quite unique in the Southern Hemisphere
There are many mountain peaks you can spot around the sound and this is again one of the many. I don't know the name but hopefully someone can tell me.