Susan ar Strae 2009 travel blog

Te Anau Downs - Departure point for Milford Track, Fiordland, NZ

Te Anau Downs - Departure point for Milford Track, Fiordland, NZ

Te Anau Downs - Departure point for Milford Track, Fiordland, NZ

Glacier valley en route to Milford Sound, Fiordland, NZ

Glacier valley en route to Milford Sound, Fiordland, NZ

Glacier valley en route to Milford Sound, Fiordland, NZ

The clue is in the name.. Fiordland, NZ

Mirror Lakes - en route to Milford Sound, Fiordland, NZ

Mirror Lakes - en route to Milford Sound, Fiordland, NZ

Earl Mountains in the background of the Mirror Lakes - en route...

Earl Mountains in the background of the Mirror Lakes - en route...

Earl Mountains in the background of the Mirror Lakes - en route...

Earl Mountains in the background of the Mirror Lakes - en route...

Earl Mountains in the background of the Mirror Lakes - en route...

Lake Gunn en route to Milford Sound, Fiordland, NZ

Lake Gunn en route to Milford Sound, Fiordland, NZ

Lake Gunn nature trail.. en route to Milford Sound, Fiordland, NZ

Serious amounts of beech on Lake Gunn nature trail.. en route to...

This blue flower is EVERYWHERE in NZ - Fiordland, NZ

This blue flower is EVERYWHERE in NZ - Fiordland, NZ


The Milford Track is said to be 'one of the finest walks in the world'.. before the construction of the Homer tunnel in the 50s which made way for the building of the current road it was actually the only way to reach Milford Sound. Nowadays it's only the trampers who trek the 53.5km over the giant McKinnon Pass. In summer you have to book and today was the only starting date Gerard could get. Off he went with 40 other devotees for a 3 night/4 day trek starting with a boat ride at Te Anau Downs.

I headed up the highway about 80km direction Milford and did a walk around Lake Gunn. Also there was a nice stop off at Mirrors Lake..as the name suggests the small lake reflects the Earl mountains behind it.

I came back and started into the first of my 3 books which have remained very much unread since my arrival in NZ.. Suitably nature oriented.. I'm reading 'The Secret Life of Bees' - by torchlight!



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