New Zealand: Day 5 Milford Sound to Arrowtown

Since we were staying at Milford, we booked the first time slot (9am) cruise for Milford Sound as I had read it was quieter, less boats out and much less full. We chose JUCY cruise because it was the cheapest ($45NZD) and they had a booking office in Queenstown. (I am pretty sure all the cruises are exactly the same.)

The cruise was very scenic but freezing cold. Here are more photos to describe how scenic they were. It lasted for 2 hours and we even had dolphins swimming along our boat. We really lucked out with the great weather at Milford because I heard it rains a lot.

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The view from land

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Our boat. Probably 1 of 10 companies.

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Milford Sound panorama

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There are also plane tours. Obviously not for 45NZD

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Apparently we were lucky to have seen the dolphins.

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Out of the sound to the Tasman Sea, you circle back afterwards

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Milford sound view from the sea

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You can also kayak around the sound. Check out the seals sunbathing. Much like the seals, I like warmth.
 

Afterwards we went to hike the Key Summit Track which is an easy 2ish hour roundtrip hike that lets you see a lot of mountains along Fiordland. The Key Summit Track is part of the Great Walk Routeburn hike.   Here are more photos:


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View from top of the hike.
After a long drive and backtracking since Milford is a dead end road, we passed by Queenstown again and decided to check out the Jardine Boulder Field. Since there was no topo we just made up our own routes and played around. Lovely rock with much more features than Castle Hill.

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Topping out

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M trying hard.

Wow we took a lot of photos that day! With that we ended our day at Arrowtown, a very quaint and historic town near Queenstown and had a delicious dinner at a craft beer restaurant called The Fork and Tap. 

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Dinner at 9pm. Great little town with much better vibe than Queenstown.

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