After Doubtful Sound we returned to Te Anau campsite as a better place to start our trip to Milford Sound.
The road journey to the sound has lots of interesting walks, view points and features to remember so we pottered along taking 5 hours over a 1.5 hour journey. We had been told that it rained most days in the fiord area but we were very lucky again with the weather for the day so got some fabulous photos
When we arrived at Milford sound it was 2.45pm and the last boat trip was a short one at 3.15pm. It was such unusually glorious sunny clear weather we decided to go on it and they gave us a private shuttle coach to go and collect our money from the van about a 20min walk from the ferry terminal so we could make it!
There were only 9 of us on a big boat for this last trip of the day but the crew treated us as if the boat trip was full and was special. They had not seen Mitre peak (1 mile high mountain rising from the edge of the sound) for 3 days so it was a special trip for the crew too and when we were coming back we saw a small family pod of bottle nosed dolphins which the skipper of the boat deliberately took us as near as possible to.
The sun was setting as we left Milford Sound as we went for a short walk around the point to soak in the peace and grandure of the place before we drove back to Te Anua campsite.
The drive back was 130km and took us 1.5hrs... rather than 5hrs! The scenery looked very different in the evening light. At one stage as you leave the fiord area you wind up a very steep and black mountain face...then disappear down a tunnel through it!It was more impressive returning than when we went.