Milford Sound Off The Beaten Path

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    Walking the Keplar Track

    by Atre Written Nov 28, 2003

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    Sunlight filtering through trees on the Keplar

    The keplar track is a lesser known track, compared to the incredibly popular Milford Track. It is located not far from Te Anau and covers 60 km of track, with 3 huts to sleep in with basic facilities.

    I walked from rainbow reach to some hut near a bay, where biting sandflies drove us away. The walk through the forest is amazing, the trees and ferns give the feeling of being in some primeval forest, and you half expect some dinosaur to come lurching out of the trees! The dark gloomy nature of the forest and the lack of noise (due to few animals) add to the ominous feel.

    I loved it!

    Except for the sandfly that bit my eye.

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    Milford Track

    by bengilmour Written May 29, 2004

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    Over the Pass toward Milford

    While the Milford Track is a popular track I know, the time we went Nov 2003 the department was considering closing the track due to heavy rain and avalanches. We ended up stranded at Clinton hut for 24 hr extra due to heavy rain. We where flooded in. after this we continues and the day we climbed the pass was a brilliant day. A thrill I would recommend that you take the side track to Sutherland Falls. When you get there you can walk right under and through the other side of the falls. It is slippery but worth while all the same. You will get wet but it is spectacular. All the same, enjoy the walk if you are planning to go. It is amazing.

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    The Chasm

    by Atre Written Nov 29, 2003

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    The Chasm

    One of the many scenic stops on the way to Milford sound, The Chasm is well worth visiting. Nestled amongst snow capped mountains, there is a short boardwalk to the actual chasm, through pretty forest that is almost equally impressive. The Chasm itself is a giant drop through which water roars through, creating a deafening sound and an amazing spectacle of rushing water and eroded boulders.

    Just remember the barriers are there for a reason, one hapless American tourist wishing for a better picture climbed over them, fell into the chasm and was killed.

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    Rainbow Walk

    by Atre Written Feb 16, 2004

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    Rainbow walk

    Part of the keplar track walk, this can be done as a short walk from the car park, through very beautiful, ancient forest. Gigantic ferns and beech trees are remnants of when New Zealand was connected to the huge land mass, Gondwana land. Either way, watch out for those dinosaurs!

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    Stopping at Homer Tunnel

    by Aidy_p Written May 13, 2007

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    Ad & Jac Standing at the Entrance

    You just have to stop at the Tunnel to admire how the people in the 1930s toiled over the construction of the tunnel. The road through the tunnel is only wide enough for one tour bus to go through even though its supposed to be dual lane. You will have to be careful if you're driving through the tunnel as the roads are constantly wet and you will also have to drive rather slowly down the gradient slope.

    We waited around the entrance of the tunnel until the road was clear of buses as we did not want to get sandwiched between buses. Anyway, there were much to see around Homer Tunnel's entrance as well.

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    Queenstown

    by pepples46 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    on the way to Milford Sound

    most travellers take the chance to visit Queenstown on the way to Milford Sound, so did I.....and as I said, not very lucky with the weather
    as soon as you leave Queenstown towards Fjordland you drive through the most striking features of a World Heritage Scenery,
    most of us look at through the car window.
    taking it all in, stop as often as you can..take a short walk at the well signed viewing sites along the way.
    in winter, the road is occasionally closed due to bad weather, so make sure of your safety when driving at this time.
    have a look at the special NZ road webside.

    MILFORD ROAD

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    Check Out the Kea

    by Aidy_p Updated May 13, 2007
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    We spotted these unusual species of alpine parrot that can only be seen in the South Island of New Zealand. These little creatures are really inquisitive and would check out everything possible.

    See if you can spot one of these creatures as you make your way to Milford Sound. We spotted some of these creatures at the entrance of Homer Tunnel.

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    On The Road Again

    by Aidy_p Written May 13, 2007
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    As the saying goes, "It's not when you get there, but how you get there". The journey there brings you through many ups and downs, twists and turns of the roads. It's one of the more lovely drive in New Zealand.

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    The Chasm

    by grets Written Sep 20, 2004

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    We go for a little walk in a place called The Chasm, about 10 km out of Milford Sound, where the Cleddau River plunges through eroded boulders into a narrow chasm.

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    Thick forest

    by grets Written Sep 20, 2004

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    The walk up through the forest from the car park to The Chasm is very pleasant. There are still large areas in New Zealand that are completely undiscovered - I can see why.

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    Pathway

    by grets Written Sep 20, 2004

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    A beautiful and easy pathway is laid out which we follow in a circuit over the chasm, where there is a good view of the twirling water around the rock shapes below, especially from the bridge.

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    Mirror Lakes

    by wkcsmt Updated Feb 22, 2005

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    Mirror Lakes

    Just in case you miss it... but i'm sure lot of people will be stopping by. Please see Must See Activities for directions.

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    Rock of a Mountain At Homer Tunnel

    by Aidy_p Written May 13, 2007
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    Just at the entrance of Homer Tunnel, there's the Homer Alpine Nature Walk. Lovely, but it looked to be an arduous walk. Do try it if you have the time and energy.

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