So over the last few days, I have spent some time in Te Anau. It’s a lake in New Zealand in the South Island that is really mystical in nature. We did some hikes, ate some fantastic food and went on some cruises.
A misnomer, Doubtful Sound is actually fjord found in the Fiordlands of New Zealand. A fjord is formed when a glacier passes through land, carving out a massive space. To get there we had to spend quite a bit of money and take a cruise, but it was well worth it! Because it was raining earlier there were waterfalls all around us as we travelled into the fjord. Another name for the Doubtful Sound is Patea, which means ‘place of silence’. The crew members made everyone silent and all we could hear was the sound of water crashing into the sea. It was really spiritual and all I could think about was silence. We also got to see a fur seal colony there. Here are some stunning photos of the journey!
Milford Sound is considered the 8th wonder of the world and its easy to see why. However, the journey there wasn’t too bad either! On the way to Milford Sound we stopped off at a beautiful stream of water that you could drink from. It was the freshest water I’ve ever had. We got to to go the ‘lake of mirrors’, where the lake reflects the surrounding mountains. We went through a naturally formed tunnel and stopped off at a waterfall on the way! Milford Sound itself was beautiful and had a very different feel to it than Doubtful Sound. Rather than being serene an isolated, Milford Sound seemed more cheery - we got sprayed by a waterfall which makes people feel ‘10 years younger’. All around us the mountains were brimming with colour and was clearly a sight to behold.
Te Anau is a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. It seems mystical in nature and there are low-lying clouds around it. We went to a bird sanctuary and saw some Tekaho, a bird thought to be extinct that was rediscovered in Te Anau in the 1940s. It’s great to see the conservation work carried out in NZ. Hiking on the Kepler track was a great experience - it was like something out of the films. It also reminded me of how much I enjoyed hiking and it’s something I’m going to do more of while I’m here.
Next stop: Queenstown, will see you there!