Tall snow capped mountains, steep cliffs and lots of snow and rain the day before gives wonderful waterfalls on our boat ride up Milford Sound. I was here 32-33 years ago after walking the Milford Track (much fitter then) and there were many more waterfalls on this day than back then.
The clouds kept moving so every so often we would see the top of Mitre Peak. Without the sun there was no glare off the water on our boat trip up Milford Sound to the mouth where it meets the Great Southern Ocean.
While waiting at the tunnel about halfway down the Milford Road a couple of Keas came hoping around the cars. The tunnel through to Milford Sound is one way and organised by traffic lights. The Kea is a NZ flightless native bird with a very strong beak. NZ has a couple of flightless birds as there are no native predators like dogs or wolves.
Rain and light snowy sleet greeted us once we started the drive across the ranges and into Milford Sound. Only one road in and out and it had been closed the week before because of the snow and threat of avalanches from the high mountains that the road winds it’s way through.