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10/30   Right is Left
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11/25   Pukeiti Rain Forest
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11/30   Hitchhikie
12/01   Abel Tasman National Park
12/02   Rawhiti Cave
12/03   Mount Robert
12/04   Glaciers
12/05   Mount Aspiring
12/06   Milford Sound
12/07   Stirling Point
12/08   The Catlins
12/09   Tunnel Beach
12/10   Sandfly Beach
12/11   Mount Cook
12/12   Cave Stream
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Kayak Trip 2017

Milford Sound


tl;dr: I visited Milford Sound, because that is what you are supposed to do on the south island.

I drove into Kingston and waited until 8 AM for the garage to open. The mechanic got my tired fixed right away. I bought him a coffee.

It was a long drive to Te Anau. About half way from Te Anau to Milford Sound I picked up Lucas who had just gotten of a 40 kilometer track from Queenstown. Lucas is from Poland. He is qualified as a "technical roper" (I think that was the title). He can clean skyscrapers and do construction work that requires rope climbing anywhere in the world. He complimented me on my accent. He said I was very easy to understand. I find that my accent must be fairly close to Hollywood Standard, which we export to the entire world, so everybody can understand me even if the opposite is rarely true.

We stopped at a few points of interest and eventually made Milford Sound. I walked around a bit, but I didn't take the boat tour. Lucas found the hotel was full, so he decided he would hitchhike out and come back tomorrow when the weather was nicer to take a boat tour. He must have found a ride because I didn't see him when I left.

I stopped at a legitimate campground, and I paid the fee at the self-service station, but I didn't have a pen to fill out the paperwork. After setting up my tent I spent 15 minutes trying to remove or kill all of the sandflies that had managed to get inside. I was just getting comfortably when a truck pulled up. It turns out the DOC takes camp fees seriously. A couple of workers visit all of the campgrounds just before dark to make sure everybody has paid and that all of the paperwork is filled out. They lent me a pen. These are the friendly workers. During the night another truck comes by. This is when $200 tickets are handed out.

tourists on the way to Milford Sound

kea mountain parrots

heading toward a tunnel

more kea

I am fairly certain that this sign gets ignored.

looking down at The Chasm

tourists at The Chasm

Milford Sound

Hope and pray the Maori gods never inflict sandflies on the rest of the world.

the town of Milford Sound


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