We had been promised a lot when it came to Milford Sound. Stunning views, the most beautiful place in New Zealand etc. etc. And to be honest, looking back on the photos the views were incredible - but at the time, it was exceptionally hard to appreciate the views when you'd been on a bus for 10 hours and a boat for 2 hours of the day.
We had a few stops at sights such as a reflection lake before we arrived at the ferry which took us around Milford Sound. This meant by the time we got on the ferry we had been on the bus for 6 hours already and so we had to force ourselves to go outside in the freezing cold to look at the views from the boat. However, we were incredibly lucky when it came to the weather - we had clear blue skies that even the seals couldn't resist (we saw a few taking advantage of the weather and having a sunbathe!)
One of the highlights of the day was when the boat was steered into a waterfall and you could go onto the deck and stand virtually in the waterfall. We opted out of this though as the wind was far too cold for that nonsense.
The only upside to how bored we all got during the journeys was that we managed to teach Nina how to be English. I think we had just as much fun as she did hearing her try and say words like 'laugh' 'bath' 'harry potter' and 'oh my god' in a British accent. It was the small things today.
Feeling like we weren't entirely sure it was worth an entire day's trip, we finally made our way back to Queenstown.
By this time we were absolutely starving because the included lunch from Pitta Pit failed to meet any expectations - I wouldn't recommend it at all!
So we decided to go for a group meal to a Chinese restaurant and found it was definitely the best decision we had made all day.
We then got ready in a hurry to meet our other kiwi experience friends at a bar called Buffalos for the start out our second big night out. I'm not entirely sure how but this managed to be even more eventful than our first night - Queenstown had definitely lived up to its reputation.