Milford Sound – Mostly Wildlife

It’s 120km from Te Anau to Milford Sound. For the first 50km the road follows the lake through farmland. It’s normal, everyday gorgeous. Once you leave the lake behind the road starts to climb. Soon, the terrain goes from ‘Gorgeous’ to ‘Utterly Mind-blowing.”

There’s not much of that in this post. Mountains will come later.

First, a glimpse of mountains to come. There are some shallow lakes in the flat glacial valley floor called the Mirror Lakes. Here’s why:

Mirror Lake Mountain reflection
A Promise of Mountains to Come

Jumping to the other end of the journey, the cruise boats do a loop from the head of the sound (actually a fjord) out to the Tasman and back. Here’s the view of the sound from the sea:

Milford Sound Entrance
Entrance to the Sound from the Tasman

Next: Dolphins! We were fortunate to run into a pod of 12-15 Bottlenose Dolphins happily messing about and hunting in a fairly desultory way.

Bottlenose Dolphins
Coming at you!
Dolphin surfacing
Bad shot. I wasn’t expecting them to surface so close.

Finally, these NZ Fur Seals were having a tough day on the rock. These are young males who haven’t established a territory, so they while away their days goofing with their mates, snoozing on the Team Rock and doing a bit of fishing. Life is tough.

New Zealand Fur Seals
Heat up on the rock, cool off in the sea.
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