Sorry it's been a while since my last blog. What an amazing few days we have had here in the South island.
After my first game in Dunedin we drove west to Te Anau which would be our base camp for the next couple of days. We arrived late afternoon and after stocking up the fridge at Countdown (New Zealand's answer to Morrisons) we settled in for the evening.
We woke up before sunrise to get on the road to Milford for a 9.30am start. What a drive! 3hr30 wending our way through the alpine tree line and open plain caved out by the glazier on its route north roughly 100,000 years previous. We started to climb sharply as we approached the mountains and soon hit the Milford tunnel where I was told they have a naked running race every year from top to bottom (over 100m from the top point to the bottom).
From the darkness of the tunnel we are greeted with the breath taking views across the great mountainous region. Sheer cliffs surrounds us with waterfalls extenuating the steepness but are stunning to see.
We finally arrived at Milford lodge in good time mainly due to not seeing another vehicle on the drive down. After a quick coffee and debrief we were on the water and I was in a tandem with on e of the guides.
We were truly blessed with the weather again and got to see the Sound in all its glory. 4hrs of serenity (minus the airplanes landing!) paddling around the checking out the local wildlife including some grey furry seal pups and penguins. Abbey (our guide) shared some facts (love a good fact me!) about the scenery around us and we took some stunning photos of the surrounding area.
Unfortunately the morning soon became the afternoon and we headed back to base but not before catching a couple of waves... what a buzz! Oh and beating Wo0dy and Tim in a race back to the drop off point!
More soon as have to hit the road again…