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Milford Sound track, South Island, New Zealand

I began my solo travels in November 2016. It did not seem beneficial to anyone for me to sit at home in Hawai’i alone, yet it did not seem a great weather time to travel elsewhere–until I remembered that November is the end of spring/beginning of summer in…New Zealand!

So I booked a flight to Auckland. We had hosted Katherine McKenzie from Auckland in 1982 for a year (when she was in high school). I didn’t know her married name, and thought it unlikely I could find her. At the last minute, I googled her name, and found she was practicing medicine in Auckland under her maiden name!

Connections were made, and we wound up getting together and had lots of fun getting reacquainted. While at Katherine and Jeremy’s home, I made this short video:

After my week in Auckland, I strapped on my trekking pack, and flew down to Queenstown, South Island.

The trekking adventure begins on South Island, New Zealand in November of 2015.

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Along Milford Sound track.

 

Queenstown

Queenstown, the entry portal to Fiordland.

Boat to start of Milford Sound track (trail)

Boat to start of Milford Sound track (trail). The southwest part of the South Island is called ‘Fiordland’.

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First lodge on the Milford Sound track: Glade House.

On the trail

On the trail heading up the valley.

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Pompolona Lodge ahead. MacKinnon Pass tomorrow.

Mackinnon Pass looms ahead

Mackinnon Pass looms ahead.

Fortunately, no avalanches this time of year--just rockfall

Fortunately, no avalanches this time of year–just rockfall.

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Lots of waterfalls.

A lot of mossy trail

A lot of mossy trail to climb.

After a long climb, we top Mackinnon Pass

After a long climb, we top Mackinnon Pass.

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Descending from MacKinnon Pass.

Milford Sound track gets a lot of rain

Milford Sound track gets a lot of rain.

After 35 miles (including side hikes) we get to Sandfly Point!

After 35 miles (including side hikes) we get to Sandfly Point!

Where we take a boat down the lake a bit

Where we take a boat down the lake a bit.

You can tell it was wet

You can tell it was wet. Face nets to keep the Sandflies from biting.

Next morning, a sunny cruise on Milford Sound (a fiord)

Hot bathes that night. Next morning, a sunny cruise on Milford Sound (a fiord).

A fine ending to the most storied ‘tramp’ in New Zealand…

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