|Ethereal beauty of early morning in Milford Sound|
|Hundreds of metres high this waterfall|
looks small against towering cliffs
One of the things I was most excited about on my recent cruise around New Zealand was the opportunity to see parts of the country I had never seen before and to return to places I hadn't seen in a long while. A day spent cruising the three magnificent fjords of Milford, Doubtful and Dusky Sounds, on the west coast of the South Island, was high on my excitement meter. I had visited Milford Sound, on a couple of previous occasions but had only ever seen it from the shore at the small village of Milford at the innermost point. And I had never been to Dusky Sound or Doubtful Sound so it was with high anticipation that I was up at the crack of dawn and out on deck in order not to miss any of the spectacular scenery. Luckily we were blessed with a fine day, Milford Sound has annual rainfall of 6412mm and is one of the wettest places in the world. The full, informative, on board commentary, by a New Zealand park ranger which was piped around the decks throughout the sounds cruise was invaluable.
|Amazing scenery in Milford Sound|
|Milford Sound - high peaks, snow capped mountains, tumbling waterfalls, magnificent|
|Doubtful Sound with a view towards one of the three arms|
|I was in awe and wonder at nature's majesty|
Today the word "awesome" is bandied around as a fashionable expression of approval yet it is really the best word to use, in its true sense, when describing the breathtaking majesty and beauty of the New Zealand fjords. The wonder of these soaring peaks, deep waters, cascading waterfalls made me feel incredibly insignificant but also incredibly joyous. This was without doubt a truly marvelous day, well worth waiting for!
|Leaving Dusky Sound to continue around New Zealand|