Day 11 – Queenstown to Milford Sound

Today we leave Queenstown and head to Te Anau.  It is a stunning drive as we leave Queenstown following the edge of the lake south. A beautiful drive indeed.

We stop at Te Anau for the glow worm expedition.  We take the boat for a ride across the lake to the nearby cave, approximately 30 mins across the lake.  Well set out with paths and meeting room for tea, coffee etc before breaking into smaller groups to enter the cave. We learnt heaps about the cave, glow worms and the local area.  The glow worm grotto was stunning with lots of glowing stars everywhere.

We leave Te Anau and head into Milford Sound, as it is 4.00 pm we aim to travel as far as we can and stop in a camp ground off the track. The first part of the trip is pretty with the road being tree lined in many places, we pass lakes and the snow capped mountains are always beside us. We finally stop after about an hour at a camp spot beside the road.  Toilet facilities and a flowing creek for fresh water.  Stunning backdrop of the snow capped mountains and water fall.  A beautiful spot to spend the night in the New Zealand wilderness.

The drive through the tunnel was a hit with the whole family

camping in the Milford wildness - shear beauty

The Te Anau Glow worm caves are the only ones to see on the South Island