There are a lot of places to see in New Zealand and by far the most spectacular so far is Milford Sound. A unique world unlike any other in the world, Milford Sound is also far off the beaten track.
On our way, we passed through Lake Manapouri and Lake Te Anau. Both have great places to stay and beautiful views.
These small towns are a great launching point for your 2 plus hour drive. Take your time, stay the night and explore all of the beauty of the region.
Once you leave Te Anau there are no gas stations, no stores and no towns along the way. There are very few places to overnight as well.
You can find some campsites that are “self-serve” and even a few remote lodges.
The drive is filled with spectacular sights so go slow, stretch your legs and gaze upon the views that are like no other.
Road conditions also change from day to day. Check http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic every day before you drive. You can have frost, rain, snow, avalanches, rock slides or pleasant sunshine. The weather also changes based on your altitude, on the day we traveled there was snow as low as 300m above sea level. The next day, when we left, there were thousands of waterfalls caused by that night’s rain.
This is the Kea
The Kea is endangered and the worlds only alpine parrot. It has sadly fallen prey to mammals and most notedly the Human. The salt in our food will kill them as they cannot process it. PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE KEA!
They are cheeky little birds who will tear apart exposed parts of your car, wires, and rubber bits mostly. They are fun to watch and quite bold.
There are plenty of scenic lookouts and hiking trails along the way.
When you get to the end of the road to Milford Sound you will find the information center/café and the harbor.
This is when you have finally reached your destination.
There is a lot to see and do here and only one place to stay.
The Milford Sound Lodge has various accommodations with everything from private bathrooms to a Resturant and Lounge.