Sunday, 6 February 2011

A Kiwi Break - To the Fiordlands

Glenorchy and the nearby town of Paradise were part of the location of "Middle Earth" in the filming of the "Lord of the Rings" movie. I expected a throng of visitors there but it turned out to be pretty deserted. There were only us.

Glenorchy - the northern tip of Lake Wakatipu

In fact everywhere we went on our holiday, from the fiordlands, to the alpines, to the plains - there were not very many people at all. The scenery was always amazing, the atmosphere tranquil, and there was nothing else to do but soak it all up.

Crossing the lake on the way to Te Anau in the Fiordlands in glorious weather

Walking by the Lake Te Anau in the town of the same name. We put up the night here...

... and woke up to a brilliant morning sky and set to drive onwards to Milford Sound

Milford Sound is said to be the wettest place in NZ.
It rained of course when we got there and couldn't see much of the fiord

We walked the marked track - only 20 minutes return

Last snap before turning back to Te Anau and then Wanaka

Rain water rushing down gullies which were dry on our way out

A friendly Kea parrot perched on the wing mirror
while we were waiting our turn to drive through a tunnel

Scenery on the Milford Sound-Te Anau-Wanaka route

We were served a speeding ticket here - 22 kph over the limit of 100 kph

4 comments:

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Speeding ticket? Ouch! purrr....meow!

Pak Zawi said...

Zen,
This is a must see place in NZ. Thanks for the info thus far.

Red Alfa said...

Salam Pak Zawi

The pictures we (being amateurs) had taken just didn't do justice to the incredibly beautiful sights of South Island landscapes.

May Allah SWT give you the means and health to visit and enjoy these sights as we have!

Pak Zawi said...

RA,
InsyaAllah I will get there one day. As I suggested in Zen's newer post. it will be great if we could do the north island together as it will inspire confidence in wife to the the south on our own.