Packed up, early breakfast and checked out. Left our car at the hotel. We had arranged a coach trip to Milford Sound which was all day. It would have been better if we had had another night at our hotel because we had to drive 2 hrs to Queenstown after the trip.
Coach (Real Journeys) collected us at 10.20am from Te Anau and took us to Milford Sound. We stopped at Mirror Lakes. It’s all so beautiful and picturesque. It was sunny and bright. Hopeful it would stay nice while we were on the Sound.
Got on our boat the Milford Wanderer. There are 2 identical boats plus other companies boats. Went up on top where there was a very brisk cold wind. On with coats hats etc. Ate our packed lunch, which was provided. Not bad at all.
Beautiful scenery and waterfalls. Really breathtaking. We saw seals basking on rocks and one tiny penguin, who soon disappeared as we got close.
It was a fabulous trip - the only drawback being the drive to get there and back. When we got on the coach to start with, there were people already on there from Queenstown. The seats were tilted towards the window. They were also very tightly packed in with people reclining their seats. It made it very uncomfortable for anyone with long legs. I would not do this trip from Queenstown, it’s far too long. Some people chose to go by coach and fly back from Milford Sound. More sensible it at a cost.
Back just before 6pm. Drove ourselves to Queenstown. Arrived around 8pm.