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Lake Manapouri to Queenstown via Milford Sound

South Island

From the swing bridge we drove to Manapouri which is just below Te Anu.
We walked along the lake and stayed in the ground of a motel.
It was a sunny day so also did some jobs on the van.

The next day we started the long drive up to Milford Sound. First stop was Te Anu which was much bigger than I thought it would be. We followed the lake up the Milford Highway. This is a no end road which takes you as far as it can towards the sound. It takes 2 hours each way from Te Anu.
We had a cruise of Milford Sound booked at 9am on Sunday so we got as far up the highway at as we could on the Saturday. This took us to Lake Gunn where we fished for the afternoon. Chris caught 2 rainbow trout making the scores now 3-3!

We stayed at a DOC campsite at the south of the lake.

In the morning we got uk early and drove to Milford Sound. The scenery was beautiful even though it was raining! There were waterfalls everywhere along the Rocky Mountains.
We did our cruise in the rain and got wet as we stood out on the deck to get a good view. It was impressive travelled down the sound to the Tasman sea.

After the cruise we drove back to Te Anu and then inland towards Queenstown. We stopped at the south of Lake Wakatipu and smoked some of Chris’ trout. The weather wasn’t great again so we decided to keep moving and get up to Queenstown.

We camped along the road to Glenorchy at 25mile creek on the north part of Lake Wakatipu.
In the morning we drove back to Queentsown to apply for jobs and then drove back along towards Glenorchy to do a walk. The scenery is amazing along this drive, it’s called the road to paradise and I can see why.

We got close to the Routeburn track which is one of the NZ Great Walks (I would like to do it at some point) and did a shorter track to Lake Sylwen.
On our way back down we stopped in Glenorchy and walked around the lagoon and ended up camping in the same place as we did last night.

Posted by Louisejhcowan 22:52 Archived in New Zealand Tagged queenstown fishing walking lake trout camping sound milford campervan glenorchy tramping manapouri

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