On the way to & from Milford Sound

At 5.40am, we were waiting at the bus stop for our Jucy Milford Sound bus to pick us up. It was extremely dark with no sunlight yet. We were on the bus till about 7am, when the sun started to rise – definitely a very late sunrise !

drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound

During our bus tour, our bus driver would tell us stories and facts about the sites which we would come across whilst on this drive.

From lakes, to waterfalls to parks.

drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound

drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound

Mirror Lakes

Mirror Lakes

Mirror Lakes

On the way back, we made a stop right after the Homer Tunnel (just before Hollyford). The Homer Tunnel is New Zealand’s 2nd longest road tunnel, running for 1270 metres long.

And the view from here is quite high and spectacular. From what we were told, few backpackers from decades ago had died whilst uphill due to an avalanche. It’s hard to see the top of the mountains here but these are very high. On a cloudy day, the clouds really cover the tip of these mountains making it difficult to realise how high these really are.

just before Homer Tunnel (drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound)

 

drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound

just before Homer Tunnel (drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound)

drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound

The Hollyford Track is one which you should consider if you’re looking for a long 4-8 day Fiordland trek (for about 56 kms), however on rainy days, it might be very difficult.

drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound

drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound

drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound

Photos captured by: Jen Pham & Daixi Huang

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