New Zealand adventures Part 1 Milford Sounds 新西蘭旅遊篇之一 米爾福德峽灣
This is part 1 of my New Zealand trip, a country that I’ve wanted to visit for a long time.
After my 42 hour trip, I landed at Queenstown in the morning just in time for lunch. I read that there was a very popular burger place in Queenstown called Fergburger which opens 21 hours a day and is always very busy. Luckily we got there before lunch and there were less than 10 people queuing up. Half an hour later we were tucking into our yummy burgers and the review wasn’t wrong at all! Here we are having our lunch by the lake, we had to gather around our food to stop the seagulls stealing our chips!
Next day we went to Milford Sound, despite it remoteness it is one of the most visited tourist spot in New Zealand. On the way, our coach driver stopped quite a few times for photostops, and showed us some unique natural surroundings . Here are some photos of the scenic route.
This is The Chasm, the volume of the water from the mountains flowing down to the river over the years has eroded the stones making some lovely smooth round indents on the surface.
這是 The Chasm，多年來，山上的水湧到河流裡，把大石磨到很滑，有些表面還型成一個個小圈圈。
Here in this forest, the pressure from the wind over the years has twisted these trees into a swirl.
This is the native mountain parrot the Kea, and they are endangered as there are only between 3k to 7k of them. They are one of the most intelligent bird. You can see the tag on its foot as they are all protected and monitored now.
這是山區野鳥Kea 屬鸚鵡科, 是擁有極高智慧的鳥類之一。牠們正瀕臨絕種，只有大概3000-7000隻，所以腳踝都跘了記號方便監察。
After nearly three hours drive we arrived at Milford Sounds for our cruise. It is said that Milford Sounds rains for about 200 days a year, but see how glorious the weather was, I was so lucky
The cruise lasted for about 2 hours and we cruised about 15km towards the Tasman Sea. The skipper said if we were to continue sailing we would get to Australia in about 5 or 6 days time.
We passed by 2 waterfalls during the cruise. This is the 162m Lady Bowen Falls nearby by the cruise terminal and it provides the water source and hydroelectricity for the local surroundings.
途中我們經過兩個瀑布，離開碼頭不久看到Lady Bowen Falls。這瀑布高162米，既美觀又實際，因為它為附近地區提供水源及水力發電。
The other one is my favourite, the Stirling Falls and is fed by the glaciers behind the mountain. The skipper said we were going up close and personal to see the Sterling so I went to the ‘you jump I jump’ spot on the ship hoping to get some good shots. As we got near to the Sterling, I saw the top part of the waterfall was hitting the rocks quite hard and I could literally feel the force of the waterfall. The middle section was like a thick layer of mist gushing downwards, whilst the bottom section right in front of me was a cool refreshing mist splashing all over me. During those few moments, I was so overwhelmed by this beautiful sight, sound, feel and touch around me, I can’t even find the words to describe it but it was surreal.
It’s time to say good bye to Milford Sound and the end of my first couple of days in New Zealand. Keep posted for my other posts on my New Zealand trip.
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