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Mildford Sound Trek, The Finest Walk in the World

Milford Sound Trek is only open to a few dozen people per day. We were fortunate enough to score a couple of bookings completely off hand. Kristin knew Mliford Sound was a spectacular trek and checked the website a few days after bookings opened. Fortunately for us, there were still two bookings to be had. We later learned that this trek is hard to do because of the extremely limited availability.

The trek starts at the Te Anau Downs half way up the lake. By boat you venture to the northeast arm of the lake where, after a mile or so, Glade House welcomes trekkers. Don’t stop though if you’re on a self-guided trip, the Glade House and several other fancy lodges along the trek are for guided tours only and they don’t take kindly to unpaid for visitors.

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The bridge leading away from Glade House up the valley towards MacKinnon Pass.

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The trek eventually takes you all the way to the Milford Sound which is actually a fjord in geological terms.

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Mountain sides climb nearly perfectly vertical for 2000 feet.

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These photographs and all the other photographs from New Zealand 2014 were photographed on a Canon 6D and a 50mm 1.2 lens.

 

Other New Zealand 2014 posts:

Kepler Trek Great Walk

Routburn Trek Great Walk

South Island

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