Janet and Michael's adventure travel blog

View out of the Homer tunnel towards Milford sound

Mitre peak

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Michael on the boat

We got up early in the hopes to miss alot of the tour bus/ camper van traffic. The ride took us through the grasslands of the Eglington valley leading up to the mountains and the Homer tunnel. The tunnel is one way and about 1 to 2 km long (very dark when you forget to take your sunglasses off). It pops you out the other side and you get a spectacular view down into the Fiords even on a foggy day. The cloud cover must be constant there, either on the tops of the mountains or half way up them. We had decided to do some walking there, but the trail was closed due to rain damage. We booked a 2 hour boat trip instead and got to travel out to the Tasman sea and back again. The tour guide/skipper talked about how Captain Cook sailed by the opening two times before it was discovered by another sailer. It was easy to see how that could happen in the weather conditions that are usually present there. The sound has glacier run off water on top a layer of salt water which can be up to 3 meters deep depending on the rain fall. They get 7-8 meters of rain per year. They receive approx. 200 days of rain per year. Not a place I would like to live. Also, there is a big fault line that runs right through one of the mountains which is clearly visible. We saw lots of waterfalls, seals, and the effects of a tree avalanche due to all the rain and the shallow root systems that the beech trees have. The day was quite beautiful, mixed sun and cloud. I think we where lucky to see it that way. Does anyone know the difference between a Sound and a Fiord? Milford is not really a sound, because a sound is created by rivers, not glaciers. There was a mix up in terminology at the time, and the name Milford Sound stuck.

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