New Zealand is a pretty wild place. I have spent the past 3 winters there, bouncing around islands with my girlfriend. Riding, running, climbing through canyons, saying “hell yeah” to everything that came our way. After a collective nine months in the country we covered our fair share of ground but we still hadn’t made it to the infamous Milford Sound. The Fijordland tourist trap. Normally you’d try to avoid these places at all costs but Milford is not easily over looked. It’s too damn Amazing.
We had 4 days. Flights home were set, our trip was coming to a close. But there sat our bucket list starring at us with the satisfaction of incomplete. One last location. 4 Days. Typically this would be a no-brainer but after traveling for 3 months, I gotta say we were beat. Yeah, that sounds a bit ridiculous but when you spend that much time hopping from project to project it wears you down. Even makes one entertain thoughts of kicking the shoes and flopping on a couch. But decisions had to be made… Two options, take a couple chill days, put the feet up and hangout in Queenstown, or… pull our heads out of our asses and go see one of the countries craziest landscapes. Naturally, not wanting to be rude we hit the road.
Most of the time you’d say rain or shine, but we took the Rain and Shine approach. Day 1 was blue bird, and we spent it scrambling up ridges, hiking through forests that shouted green, and kayaking under waterfalls as we covered the 18km from the Tasman Sea to the head of the fjord. Needless to say it was a killer day.
The plan was to stay the night in Te Anau and head back to Queenstown in the morning. But plans are mere guidelines. They are there to be changed. Over dinner, we talked about the two faces of the Fjordlands… blue and beautiful, and the mystic world of mood where waterfalls leak from the clouds. One location, two very different experiences. Waking up to clouded skies and heavy rain, we jumped in the car and headed straight back into the park. It was hard to believe that we had been in the same place the day before. It was incredible. Waterfalls actually looked like they where falling from the sky, mysterious peaks made brief but commanding appearances, the places just dripped saturation of a world before our time. Basically it was Awesome!
Trade the couch for an experience and if you get a chance make it Rain and Shine, rather than a Rain or Shine.