Kayaking in Milford Sound

December 29, 2009 at 03:47PM     Travel New Zealand South Island

Fog-covered mountains on the way to Milford Sound
The day after taking a cruise on Doubtful Sound in New Zealand with my parents, I went on a guided kayaking tour on Milford Sound, another fjord in New Zealand's Fiordland National Park.

Kayaks on the island where we stopped for lunch
Besides seeing it differently because I was kayaking, Milford is quite different from Doubtful. If you take a look back at my pictures from Doubtful Sound, it's wide open with fairly gently sloping mountains. Milford, on the other hand, is much more closed in, narrower, with steeper mountains that dive straight into the water.

Sunlit mountains lining Milford Sound
I think what amazed me most about both Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound—indeed, of all that I saw in Fjordland—was mountains with water all around.
Clouds hiding Milford Sound
It was quite a departure the mountains that I'm used to as a Canadian (and that I'm seeing on the television a lot right now).