The 8.1 miles of the Fox Glacier in New Zealand’s Westland Tai Poutini National Park form an ever-transforming terrain of ice caves and glacial terminal that is bordered on all sides by rainforests and mountains.
Milford Sound, perhaps New Zealand’s most famous scenic location, was long overlooked by early sailors and explorers, who didn’t realise the narrow entrance concealed an enormous and beautiful interior.
It wasn’t discovered by Europeans until 1812.
Named the eighth ‘wonder of the world’, its actually one of the wettest places on Earth, with rainfall creating cascades of waterfalls, some reaching a 1,000m in length.
I left home in Invercargill at 3 am in order to get to Milford Sound for dawn and had rain the whole trip.
As I traveled up the road from Te Anau toward Milford I was getting concerned that it may have been a wasted journey but as I sat in my car and waited for the sun to came up, the rain cleared and left me with this magnificent visage.
Having dodged the infamous sandflies I had an enjoyable breakfast at the Cafe then headed for home.
The beauty of this place is unparalleled and every visit brings a different emotion.