Friday, December 23, 2005



"ON THE ROAD TO MILFORD SOUND - One of the most incredible features of Milford Sound is the journey to get there. The Milford road is a stunning alpine drive. This morning, when we left Queenstown, the weather was not helping, and the journey until many miles after Te Anau, was made with a completely overcast sky. However, as we were approaching Milford, the blue came out, and the spectacular scenery and the sheer scale of the landscape was shown"

"GETTING THERE - Milford is by far the best known of all of the fiords and the only one that can be accessed by road, which has the added value of the providing you with the experience of crossing the Homer Tunnel, built in the 1930s. Although the photos were taken at the end of Spring time, there was some snow in the peaks. Nice to compare with some photos from Norway and the Norwegian fiords, which will be shown soon at the "Blogtrotter Revival - The 80's"

"TITANIC MASONS - The Maori were the first to attribute the creation of the fiords to a “titanic mason”, Tute Rakiwhanoa who hued out the steep sided valleys with keen edged adzes. No other explanation seems to fit, as it is impossible to comprehend the sheer breadth of geological events that created this seemingly perfect sculpture, as sheer cliffs rise vertically upward from the ocean"

"MILFORD SOUND - It is approximately 16km from the head of the fiord to the open sea, which means that you can comfortably travel the length of the fiord to open ocean and return on one of the many cruise options available in one and a half to two hours cruising time"

"CASCADE - One of the many interesting features of Milford are the cascades. This one is brings down much more water than it seems just by looking at it"

"THE LION - At least it looks like..."

"MITRE PEAK - Wet or fine Milford is incredibly grand. Mitre Peak is the must for photographers"


Kaiz said...

Hey Gmg,
Happy New Year to you too.
Thanks for your comment. No, I have left Scandinavia. I am really missing Sweden now. :(
I loved Norway's Fjord and swore to go back to it again. But after looking thru the fjordland pictures in New Zealand, I think I might wanna check out NZ first. I know this is hard to compare but how do you find NZ's fjords vs Norway's Fjords?

GMG said...

Hi Kaiz,
I understand you’re missing Sweden, but with the freezing temperatures now there, it’s better to wait for summer to get back…
It's not an easy task to compare fjords (Norway) with fiords (NZ). Both the Fiordland (since 1990, and now as part of the Te Wahipounamu - South West New Zealand site) and two Norwegian fjords (Nærøyfjord in Sogn & Fjordane and Geirangerfjord in Møre & Romsdal – since 2005) are included in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. I would say that fjords in Norway are longer and probably more impressive, because they make the most of a larger area. The NZ fiords however are wilder, less crowded, and definitely worth a visit… Furthermore, the whole South Island is also a beautiful place, so I would suggest you check it there!