The Milford Cruise
We boarded the “Spirit of Milford”, our vessel for the next 2 hours and 15 minutes for an Encounter Nature Cruise. The guide on our boat provided us with an informative commentary and had many stories to tell about the local wildlife – we soon encountered our first species for the day.
A few little blue penguins that quickly disappeared when the boat came too close. Milford Sound is famous for it’s many waterfalls and sure enough – we went up close to them and a few people got quite wet feet. We cruised along the full length of the Sound (which technically is a Fjord and not a Sound because it was carved out by glaciers a long long while ago) before heading out to the Tasman Sea because our guide Jaime had discovered a very rare species the other day and wanted to show us.
Yay we saw the famous Fiordland Crested Penguins. On our way back through the Sound we were joined by a pod of dolphins, that enjoyed surfing the bow wave of our vessel and even gave a good show by jumping around.
Antony welcomed us back at the Harbour and we made our way back to the airport with a short walk and the chance to take a few more pictures of stunning Mitre Peak. The 30 minute flight back to Queenstown went as smoothly as the first flight and I got promoted to be the co-pilot so had an even better view than before – which was even better when we had to run a few extra loops over Lake Wakatipu due to the airport being busy.