After a good night's sleep without sandflies we started the trip to Milford Sound again. As we had already seen part of the route before we only stopped once to have a look at the Mirror Lakes (photos 1-2).
We arrived at the boat just on time. The 120km had taken us more than 2 hours to drive. Which was mainly due to the windy road on the last 20km after Homer's tunnel (a pretty old, pretty long one-way tunnel in pretty bad condition with a cycle duration of 15 minutes between green lights for each direction).
However, the boat cruise on NZ's most beautiful spot (NZ Herald's reader's choice) was well worth the trip. Seeing moutains rise straight from the water level to 1600m was very impressive. Even though it did not rain we still felt like in some kind of mystical fairy tale land. Our guides told us that this impression is even stronger during heavy rain when up to 10000 water falls appear on the mountain sides.