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Queenstown and Milford Sound, New Zealand

July 2, 2009

Day 70

We left Franz Joseph in the morning for Queenstown. Along the way, there was some really good scenery:

Lake Matheson. So many of the lakes around here form perfect mirror images of the sky and landscape around them. This was one of them.

Lake Matheson. So many of the lakes around here form perfect mirror images of the sky and landscape around them. This was one of them.

Mt. Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand.

Mt. Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand.

A viewpoint looking out over Lake Wanaka.

A viewpoint looking out over Lake Wanaka, along the way to Queenstown from Franz Joseph.

Some of the fields surrounding Queensland. Take away the sheep, and fellow LOTR geeks might recognize Rohan.

Some of the fields surrounding Queensland. Take away the sheep, and fellow LOTR geeks might recognize Rohan.

We arrived in Queenstown that evening, but we didn’t have time to do much, so we just visited the tourist office and booked our trip to Milford Sound for the next day.

Day 71

We left early in the morning to take a day trip to Milford Sound. This probably sounds like a broken record, but the scenery was really spectacular along the way – probably some of the best we’ve seen so far.

The Mirror Lakes. You can probably guess how they got their name, although it seems just about every lake around reflects the surrounding landscape pretty well.

The Mirror Lakes. You can probably guess how they got their name, although it seems just about every lake around reflects the surrounding landscape pretty well, so I'm not sure why these are THE Mirror Lakes.

After visiting the Mirror Lakes, we came upon, without a doubt, the best-named lake in the whole Southern Hemisphere: Lake Gunn.

Being of humble disposition, I begged the government of New Zealand not to name this lake after me. Unable to ignore my great exploits however, they couldnt help themselves.

Being of humble disposition, I begged the government of New Zealand not to name this lake after me. Unable to ignore my historic exploits, they insisted. We stopped for a picture.

Standing in front of the aptly named lake.

Standing in front of the aptly named lake.

Having a drink from Monkey Creek.

Having a drink from Monkey Creek.

After leaving Lake Gunn, we continued on to our next stop, Monkey Creek. In spite of its name, Monkey Creek is actually one of the cleanest natural water sources in the world. So clean, in fact, you can drink directly from it.

After Monkey Creek, we arrived at Milford Sound, where we had a 1 hour boat cruise through the Sound:

Standing in front of the boat that would take us out on the Sound.

Standing in front of the boat that would take us out on the Sound.

Almost anytime the sun broke through the clouds, a rainbow would appear over the water.

Almost anytime the sun broke through the clouds, a rainbow would appear over the water.

Look! A rainbow! No, over here!

Look! A rainbow! No dummy, over here!

Waterfalls were all over the place, but this was one of the bigger ones.

Waterfalls were all over the place, but this was one of the bigger ones.

Pictures just dont do it justice

Pictures just don't do it justice

After the boat cruise, we got back on the bus and headed back to Queenstown.

Day 72

We slept in today and planned to spend the whole day in Queenstown. The city park is really nice and we spend an hour or so walking through it:

A scene from the city park. The mountain range in the background is known as the Remarkables, and are one of the biggest skiing areas in New Zealand.

A scene from the city park. The mountain range in the background is known as the Remarkables, and are one of the biggest skiing areas in New Zealand.

A bridge in Queensland city park.

A bridge in Queensland city park.

Day 73

Goodbye New Zealand. We would love to spend more time here but we also prefer to never hear “Sweet as” again. We left in the morning for the airport to catch our plane to Melbourne, Australia. A parting shot of the Southern Alps from the plane window:

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