We left Te Anau driving to Manapouri in our own cars though there is a free bus provided. We were ferried across the lake, taken by helicopter to the small landing stage on a barge then taken by tender to join the Milford wanderer. For seven days we cruised our southern fjords. The historical stories told so ably by Chris brought an amazing dimension to the beautiful places we visited. Each day brought new adventures off the boat as we explored the area and our chef, John, supplied us with tasty interesting meals and snacks.
Our party of 12 were all thrilled with the whole experience.
We did two, three hour open sea trips between Sounds. The sea was fairly wild but we were warned and it was suggested we took sea sickness meds. I found this part of the trip exhilarating as Miriam threw out food for the many species of albatrosses who flocked around. We saw a couple of royal albatrosses amongst them.
Safety was paramount and three of the five staff members had skippers tickets.
It was a thrill to visit predator free islands and see the difference in the state of the bush.
I loved every minute of this opportunity to see more of our magnificent country.
Thankyou "Real Journeys"