Friday, April 3, 2009

Key Summit, Kayaking Milford Sound

Weather Report for Milford Sound... it is a RAIN FOREST!!

28 February 2009

In the morning we drove out of Te Anau and into the most scenic area of Fiordland. On the way we hike back up to Key Summit which is on the Routeburn Track. Unlike the last time, it was clear and we could see 3 mountain ranges from the 360 degree view. Spectacular!

Continuing onward, the road climbed up the mountainside and then into the Homer Tunnel. About the tunnel: "The tunnel is straight, and was originally single-lane and gravel-surfaced. The tunnel walls remain unlined granite. The east portal end is at 945 m elevation; the tunnel runs 1270 m at approximately a 1:10 gradient down to the western portal. Until it was sealed and enlarged it was the longest gravel-surfaced tunnel in the world."

Once at Milford Sound we spent about 4 1/2 hours in Sea Kayaks in the sound. Here is part of the sound.. and Pat.

Waterfalls, sea lions (pictured here), penguins - loads of wildlife.

Yes, Pat is having fun - despite the sand flies.

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