2 days in the NZ Fiordlands, camping, tramping, kayaking and the rain!

2 days in the NZ Fiordlands, camping, tramping, kayaking and the rain!

no painting this week as we went on a deep south adventure in the New Zealand fiordlands!
here’s a glimpse into the stunning fjords which is where the sea meets the mountains in a canal carved out by glaciers over 12000 years ago.
we camped in a doc camp ground the 1st night called Eglinton campground but figured out the nxt camp site down the road a couple hundred meters called cascade creek would have been much better, away from the road and more toilets these camp sites are about $13 per night to stay at, theres no fresh water so make sure u take ur own, there is safe places to light a fire as long as theres no fire bans in place.
the next day we went to ‘the divide’ where the famous Routeburn track begins but we only went to key summit this time which was about 3 hours return. a very stunning view and fairly easy going if you don’t mind a we uphill.
after that we headed to Milford to check the place out and drove through the homer tunnel which is an incredible tunnel 1.2kms long which is dug through the mountain! the only way by land to get to Milford sound in a vehicle. the place is swarming with tourists.. well because tourism is the only thing going on there the only locals are the animals and a few seasonal staff. it has a very cut off from the world vibe which i love, theres no cell phone reception, you can get payed wifi from the isite if ur desperate!
here we stayed at ‘The Milford lodge’ which has the option of dorm rooms at 35ish bux each, a campsite (for vehicles only) thats right no tents allowed! or a wopping $365 per night chalet… so of course we slept in the back half of the forrester which was less than comfy! but the lodge is very nice, clean and tidy with great facilities.
we got up at 630am the next morning for our pre booked kayaking trip with ‘Roscos’ (highly recommend using this company as they are the original kayaking company in Milford sound and have the most experience in the area) also note that only commercial/ specially licenced boats are allowed in the water here by law.
this trip was about 5 hours long, it was very wet but that meant heaps of stunning waterfalls and best of all no planes or helicopters disturbing the peace and tranquility of the journey. we saw mitre peak (the highest sea cliff in the WORLD!), seals and lots of birds, dolphines are known to be seen but we didnt get that lucky this time. the guides where friendly chatty and full of knowledge which was great!
after this trip we where cold and wet so went to the only cafe in Milford for a nice hot coffee then headed out and made a quick stop to check out the chasm which was well worth the 10minute walk through the lush green bush.
and that was it! home we went. if theres any questions plz ask in the comments below i know i would have found other peoples info on the areplace very helpful!
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