Danny and Anna's Round The World Trip 2005 travel blog

View across Lake Manapouri

Misty waterfall

Lush land of the fiord


Remains of the harsh winter

Seal Island

After hanging around the lakeside village of Te Anau for the morning we headed over to nearby Manapouri to start our overnight cruise.

We took a small boat across Lake Manapouri, changed to a bus which travels along the most expensive road in NZ before boarding our cruiser, the Fiordland Navigator.

Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of the boat but just imagine a ultra modern cruising liner housed in an old style sailing vessel and you kind of get the picture.

The cruise out to the the Tasman Sea took most of the afternoon and it was great. It reminded us of Halong Bay in Vietnam except in the fiords the weather is very different. The wind and driving rain made it extremely difficult to stand up on deck and so for most of the day we were confined to the rather cosy lounge and observation area. The crew were saying there had not been rain in the area for nearly a week and we were experiencing the normal conditions. If these were normal I hate to think what it is like when the weather worsens. I took my chances to take photos up on deck but I could hardly hold the camera straight let alone get some decent shots.

It was still raining when we found anchor for the night but not one to let that put me off I headed out for a paddle on a kayak. Anna went for the guided nature boat ride. We finished the evening off in style and sat down to a lovely buffet dinner which me made the most of. The best feed we have had in a week or so.

Day 256 complete

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