Our visit to Milford Sound in Fiordland was to be one of the highlights of our holiday, but it would be very weather dependant. During breakfast it was dull with just a hint of blue sky but as we headed north along highway 94 it became more overcast.
The scenery was excellent with high mountains on either side. We stopped at Mirror Lakes which are famous for their mountain reflections but today the surface was rippled and it had started to rain.
When we reached Milford Sound it was pouring with rain and low cloud almost obscured the peaks. Nevertheless, we boarded a boat for a cruise into the fiord which is the best way to appreciate the scenery.
I was unable to see the summit of Mitre Peak which at 1682 metres is one of the highest mountains to rise directly from the sea. It is named Mitre Peak because its shape resembles a Bishop’s Mitre.
Most of the passengers remained inside but I persisted on deck trying to keep both myself and my camera dry.
At least the rain made the waterfalls spectacular with the Bowen Falls dropping 160 metres into the water.
It was a real challenge to get a decent image today. I was shooting in colour but most of my images look monochromatic. Here are some of my efforts.
Fiordland National Park is one of the wettest places on earth with Milford Sound averaging more than 6 metres of rain each year. Today it lived up to its reputation.