Left Queenstown early on Saturday and headed to Te Anau, which is about 90 minutes drive, Fi did the honours!! Drove into the town (!) to see a gorgeous lake which our hostel was right next to. As we were early we explored before stopping for a game of mini golf. The holes were all quite easy but we still had issues! Fi chipped the ball into the hedge and couldn't find it, whilst Sam realised her swearing at ruining her good run of 2 per hole was being overheard by a little kid - oops! Sam won the round with a score of 49, whilst Fi and Lau had 52, so quite close. At our hostel, Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers, we had a triple room with a shared kitchen and bathroom with another double room. This was okay until our German neighbours spent the whole time in the tiny kitchen, so we had to cook in the bigger, horribler kitchen. We were also unable to have breakfast as they had sprawled themselves across the place! How friendly!!
On sunday we had booked a tour to Milford Sound, leaving from Te Anau at 10.15 we set off for a 3 hour coach journey. We stopped to take some pictures and to see the sites on the way. The first stop was The Mirror Lakes and then on to The Chasm, where Fi and Sam were attacked by a family of curly haired orange jacket freaks who were determined to take 500 pictures of a piece of rock, not minding who was injured/killed in the process! We then reached The Homer Tunnel, a 1.7km one-way steep and narrow tunnel carved through the mountain, which Lau was so thrilled about! As we waited to enter the tunnel it started to snow. we were entertained by the Keas, birds that eat the rubber from cars, on top of the bus' glass roof. We made it out the otherside of the tunnel and eventually reached Milford Sound where we jumped on a boat for a trip around the sound. The cruise around the sound took 1 hour 45 minutes and it was amazingly peaceful. We spent most of our time by the captains window on the deck at the front of the boat. Which gave us a fantastic view. Mitre Peak was the first thing of interest, it is 1 mile above sea level and looked magnificent rising out of the water. We travelled down the south side and got up close and personal with Fairy Falls, one of only two constant waterfalls in the sound. We also saw seals here which were lazing about on the rocks. We heade out to the Tasman Sea, which was very rocky, where we could see St Anne's Lighthouse. We were also able to see the entrance to Milford Sound from the sea which is really hard to spot, no wonder Captain Cook went past it twice!! We then headed back along the north of the sound, past some more waterfalls. We also encountered some bottle-nosed dolphins swimming along with the boat. We were again accosted by the curly haired freaks and Japanese people who nearly pushed both Fi and Sam overboard! We can only hope!!! The coach back was hell, we all felt ill and decided to walk back from Te Anau's centre rather than get the coach to drop us off. It was raining so that shows how ill we felt!!
Funny incident whilst washing up after dinner, as Fi reached for the washing up liquid a man grabbed it first. He then proceeded to pour it into the saucepan and heat it up, which saw bubbles in the pan and a horrible smell occuring. Obviously Fi and Sam didn't tell him, but got some other washing up liquid instead. He did however realise just before he added the meat!!!