Milford is, as some would say, is the most iconic symbol of New Zealand. It has been called the 8th wonder of the world by Rudyard Kipling.
Milford was our final destination but the drive from Te Anau to Milford is quite an experience in itself. It is an hour drive, over one of the highest passes in New Zealand. We drove through the gnarliest, prettiest, and most diverse landscape I have ever driven, as shown by the GoPro footage from the campervan. Fiordland National Park is known for unpredictable weather patterns and this day did not disappoint. It was sunny and dry in Te Anau and quickly became rainy and wet which turned into snowy and cold during the wildest parts of the drive. About halfway through the drive we went through Knobs Flat then through Homer Tunnel. The tunnel is 1.2km long at 950m in elevation. Upon reaching Milford, Mitre Peak commands attention jutting from the crystal clear waters to a height of 1692m.
Milford, and the drive into Milford, is certainly the most beautiful part of New Zealand. Golden tussocks, blue rivers, green ferns, white capped mountains, transparent water... true unadulterated beauty.
After the credits is a quick portion of Ashley and me trying to be, informative, tour guides. It was so cold and windy it just wasn’t working in our favor. I thought it was a bit comical so I included it at the end. Enjoy!
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Music used with permission.
Artist: Ben Woods
Song: Left At Sea
Song: Prologue – Birth
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