New Zealand Day 12 – Kayaking on Milford Sound

May 5, 2013

This day turned out to be much dryer than the day before. Fiordland Wilderness Experiences picked me up from the Milford Lodge for kayaking at 9:30. We were on the water by 11:00, after first getting us dressed in warm and water resistant clothing, and then some basic safety training. There were eight people in our group plus one guide.Trip included a closer inspection of Bowen Falls, a trip up the northern side of the fiord with included getting quite close to some fur seals, a shore lunch at the base of Mitre Peak with some local stories, and a return paddle to the harbour. I am not sure how long we were on the water but the total paddling time as captured with the garmin was only about two hours. While the hot chocolate during the shore lunch hit the spot the sand flies enjoyed a lunch of heir own.

Following the paddle I caught I ride back to Te Anua with most of the group. I did not find the return trip nearly as interesting as the ride two days before on the bike. It seems like everything passed so quickly and no chance to get any decent photos other than a couple of quick stops a key locations. There was now snow on the tops of many peaks that was not there before.

I again upgraded from a tent site to dorm room as there was a light rain when I reached Te Anua and $12 extra provided me with a large heated room to myself.

Waterfalls over lodge from the rain the day before

Preparation for kayaking

On the water

Closer to Bowen Falls

Mitre Peak

Seals on the rocks

Shore lunch

With paddling partner Eva

Near end of paddle


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