Welcome to Lake Te Anau, the home to this magnificent lake in New Zealand. We had a single night stop here and were scheduled to go to the bird sanctuary the following day. For this evening, after we’d had a fabulous dinner, we decided we needed to walk off all those calories. Our walk was easy, just across the road and then along a path. This is such an amazing and peaceful place. Enjoy the view!
Last week I said I’d finished with my Milford Sound photos, but when I saw this one I decided I had to share one more. I’m always a sucker for great photo ops. When the light is perfect, I can’t help but give it a try. So, near the end of our ferry tour, the sun and the clouds cooperated to create this fabulous lighting and provide this Milford Sound postcard photo,
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After our little sojourn out to the Tasman Sea from Milford Sound, the ferry beat a hasty retreat back to protected waters. We’d been surprised at how quickly the waves had picked up on our outbound journey. Little did we realize that we were getting a tiny taste of what many sailors regard as one of the roughest seas in the world. About a week after I took this photo, we were on the MS Noordam being tossed about by the Tasman Sea. It just goes to show that even something the size of a cruise ship is no match for Mother Nature!
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Watercraft and waterfalls – what a combination
This was one of my favorite photos from our land tour of New Zealand last year. We were on a boat the size of a large ferry and it was a very smooth ride—until we left Milford Sound and ventured out a short distance into the Tasman Sea. Within a few minutes of leaving the protected channel, we were being bounced around by the incredible power of the open sea.
Milford Sound is actually not a sound, but a fjord. It’s also a place of incredible beauty, and it’s a very easy place to sail because it is protected. The channel right of center in this photo leads out to the Tasman Sea. We went all the way out to the sea, then beat a hasty return to protected waters. All I can say is a little taste of the Tasman Sea was enough for me. Little did I know how much more of it we would be getting once we boarded our cruise ship!
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Rushing water at The Chasm
You can hear the rushing water of the Cleddau River from far away on the trail at The Chasm. It’s one way in, one way out, so you can’t really miss this sight. It’s pretty amazing, and pleasantly loud. Even if this river hadn’t been right near the pathway, I would have found it. (Here’s the logic: swiftly moving water in a river equals noise, noise equals good photo op, photo op calls to me.)
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The Chasm at Fjordlands National Park
We were working our way toward Milford Sound when we came to The Chasm at Fjordlands National Park. These amazing woods were the perfect opportunity to stretch our legs and enjoy the peace and quiet of a forest. Even with so many visitors at one time, it still felt very remote and removed from the rest of the world.