2024 New Zealand Trip – Part 8

Te Anau and Milford Sound

May 14

  • Drive to Te Anau, mostly inland. Last 30 minutes nice scenario
  • Stop in city centre. Walk around for 30 minutes down by waterfront
  • Check in at Tasman Holiday Park. First “full service” holiday park. Kitchen, laundry, showers(!), lounges, internet, etc. Do some laundry!
  • Connor cooks sausage, beans in kitchen.
  • Head to Kepler Trail. Do a 3 hour there-and-back hike to Broad Bay.
  • Back to Holiday Park for dinner (and showers!).

May 15

  • Drive to Milford Sound. Spectacular scenery. Many pullouts with great views. Windy narrow roads.
  • Tunnel
  • Park at Milford ($10 per hour!) and pay for a cruise. 2 hour trip out to ocean and back. Awesome rock faces and waterfalls.
  • Drive back through tunnel and stop at Totara Campsite (DOC). Camped right beside river.
  • Phil and Amanda at the same park! Invite us for dinner (veg stir fry and peaches and mouse).
  • Rained overnight.

May 16

  • Wake up to mist breaking up over mountains.
  • Drive back to Te Anau for lunch.
  • After lunch drive to Kingston. Stopped at the old railway station and did a 1hr hike along the lake.
  • Drive to our campsite. Freedom camping site next to the highway. Fantastic views.
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