Part 5. Fjordland.

April 2017 – May 2017


fjord,sunset, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

Fjordland in New Zealand is one of the few places in the world where you can see fjords. More fjords are in Norway.



road,sunrise, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

This is the largest of the 14 national parks of New Zealand.

valley,sunrise, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

It’s definitely worth getting up at dawn to see the haze, clouds, and the roads are not busy.

road, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

There is often a western wind blowing and brings moisture from the Tasman Sea, so there is a lot of rains.

big tree, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand
mirror lakes, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand
The first European visited this region was James Cook in 1773.

mirror lakes, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

Mirror lake is a nice place to stretch your legs after a long drive, walk along wooden decks and see perfect reflections.

mirror lakes,sign, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

Fjords formed about 2 million years ago under the action of ice.

big mounting parrot, kea, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

At that time the surface was covered with huge glaciers.

big mounting parrot, kea, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

Gradually the glaciers were melting, under the action of their own huge mass, sliding into the sea.

big mounting parrot, kea, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

Sliding, they scoured the stone forming steep slopes of the fjords.

big mounting parrot, kea, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

This cute bird is the parrot Kea.

big mounting parrot, kea, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

This is the only parrot that lives in the mountains at fairly high altitudes – 1500 meters above sea level and above.

big mounting parrot, kea, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

It is easy to get used to humans and often picks the garbage.

big mounting parrot, kea, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

Sometimes they are called “clowns of mountains” for love tumbling in snow or mud.

big mounting parrot, kea, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

They are omnivorous, mainly eat insects, plants and carrion, but sometimes they are ascribed with attempts of killing sheep.

Key Summit Trail, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

A lot of trouble they make to tourists – they damage machines and tents.

Key Summit Trail, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

Right after the trip I read a story from mounting tourists, in which the main were parrots Kea.

Key Summit Trail, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

These lovely birds, almost ate the tent, gnawed the arms of the trekking sticks and bit all that could be bitten.

Key Summit Trail, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

Here, in Fiordland there are the oldest rocks in New Zealand.

drone,Key Summit Trail, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

Walked a small Key Summit Trail.

drone,Key Summit Trail, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

Quite pleasant simple walk with stunning views.

classical view, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

And of course, one of the main views of New Zealand is Milford Sound.

milford Sound Lookout, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

View of the fjord with the Milford Sound Lookout.

 Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

The main entertainment here is fjord cruises.

Bowen Falls, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

The Bowen Falls was named after Diamantina Bowen, who was the fifth wife of New Zealand Governor George Bowen.
Bowen Falls, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand Bowen Falls, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand
The height of the waterfall is 162 m.

 Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

Cruises are from several companies and price difference in not very big.

cruise, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

When choosing a company focused on time,wanted the latest one, and the possibility of paying on the website with a card.

 seagull, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

Here all tours should be booked in advance.

rainbow, Twin Waterfalls, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand
rainbow,Twin Waterfalls, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand
Twin Waterfalls – 2 more small waterfalls that are really good at sunset light.

rainbow,Twin Waterfalls, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

We arrived even before our cruise, had time to go to the observation platform and even sleep on the pillow near the children’s corner in the info center))

rainbow,Twin Waterfalls, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

During the landing on the boat it became immediately clear why some agencies have a little bit lover price a little – the boat loading is starting by tourists who bought a tour from a cruise company, and then by intermediary companies.

rainbow,Twin Waterfalls, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand
rainbow,Twin Waterfalls, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand
A lot of people and of course everyone wants to take a place with the best overlook.

rainbow, wind,Twin Waterfalls, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

On the boat you can drink tea / coffee and eat good cookies for free.

Tasman Sea, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

Although with such a cruise price “for free” an unsuitable word – the price per person was 90nzd per person.

Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

There are many waterfalls here even in autumn, in spring, in the season of melting snow and glaciers, there are even more

seals, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

You can see gulls, albatross and seals.

sunset, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

The boat sails to the end of the fjord, the Tasman Sea opens to the tourists and then the way back.

evening, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand


 Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand


Stirling Falls, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

Stirling Falls is a 155 meter high waterfall located between the two mountains Elephant and Lion.

Stirling Falls, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand
Stirling Falls, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand
To this waterfall the boat comes close and you can feel the full power of this small but strong water flow.

Stirling Falls, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand


sunset, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

Love sunsets)

sunset, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

Especially in such unusual places.

sunset,cruise, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand


sunset,cruise, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand


sunset,cruise, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand


sunset,cruise, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

We was not waiting until the sun sits, but before it became dark, we went to the next point.

evening,road, Milford Sound, Fjord land, Fjordland National Park,South Island ,New Zealand

The Trip.
Part 2. Qatar.
Part 2. The Hobbiton.
Part 3. The Coast of the northern island.
Part 4. Moeraki boulders, Taiaroa Head and Nugget Point.
Part 5. Fjordland.
Part 6. Quinstown.
Part 7. Mount Cook.
Part 8. West coast.
Part 9. Sea life.
Part 10. Vanuatu, Espiritu Santo.
Part 11. Million Dollar Point and SS President Coolidge.

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