Thriving + Surviving in Milford Sound
We had to grab our wet clothes out of the washing machine and shove them into a bag as the hotel staff watched the clock. We had 20 minutes to pack our belongings and leave.
The only road that leads into, and out of, Milford Sound would be closed at 5:00pm as the melting spring snow, sunny day, and upcoming storm was creating “peak avalanche conditions”. The hotel had received the information just a couple hours earlier, and we had been out the entire day.
We went out on the Southern Discoveries boat tour which takes you through the sound. It is worth every penny and, dare I say, shockingly cheap for what you get to see. Despite the sun outside, the air was frigid. So frigid that it was difficult to talk when standing on the outside deck of the boat- forcing you to stare at the sheer, glacier carved cliffs, mouth utterly agape.
The scale of Milford Sound is like a gigantic mirror that says “Look how small you are! None of it matters!”
The Southern Discoveries Boat Tour takes you up close to the 15,000 year old, and 155 meter high, Stirling Falls.
They provide “rain jackets” that somehow still allow the “gentle waterfall mist” to feel like full-body acupuncture. Standing under the falls is a full on sensory experience in the best way possible. It’s freezing (see a theme here?), LOUD, salty, and painful in a good way. I’m sure you can gauge all this from the photo below.