We left Queenstown with a high level of excitement, knowing that some of New Zealand’s most beautiful countryside lay ahead of us. We were on our way to Milford Sound, and although the destination itself was renowned for its beauty, the actual journey there was just as jaw-dropping.
Due to its popularity and lack of accommodations, we could only book a single night at Milford Sound’s only campground. However, due to a scheduling error on my part, I got the dates mixed up and we booked the wrong night. It all ended up okay because they managed to squeeze us in for a second night, but at the time we were anxious and had to come up with a plan B just in case they couldn’t keep us. Suffice to say, in order to maximize (what we thought was) our short time at Milford, we decided to split the journey into two parts, and stay a night in Te Anau, which is the last main town before Milford Sound.
We stayed at the Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park, which was located right across the road from the impressive Lake Te Anau. We went for a walk that night as the sun was setting and it was as peaceful and beautiful as it could get.
Along the way we stopped at The Divide, which is a drop-off and pick-up spot for the Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. It was also the start of several smaller trails, one of which is the Key Summit Track, which we decided to hike. It was a spectacular alpine hike that offered incredible views of Fiordland National Park.