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One Day in…Milford Sound, New Zealand

One Day in…Milford Sound, New Zealand

Traveler Profile: Ashleigh, 36, USA

Location: Milford Sound, New Zealand

Time of Year: August

Traveler Goals: Taste the local seafood, hike the Milford Sound

Breakfast Delight at Vudu Cafe, Queenstown

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My exploration of South Island, New Zealand, started in Queenstown. There, I found Vudu Cafe, where I ate breakfast. Vudu Cafe promises modern cafe food using fresh, seasonal, and local produce. I picked the pina colada french toast since it was something I’d never seen or heard of being done. My breakfast was sweet and memorable and gave me a positive experience from Vudu Cafe.

Scenic Drive to Te Anau

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After breakfast, I have a scenic drive through the stunning landscapes of Fiordland National Park ahead of me on my way to the picturesque town of Te Anau. From there, on the shores of Lake Te Anau, where you can take a leisurely stroll along the lakefront or explore the charming local shops.

Fellow Traveler Tip: South Island’s weather can be unpredictable, so pack layers and waterproof gear to adapt to changing conditions,

Unforgettable Journey to Milford Sound

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My journey to Milford Sound, a fjord renowned for its dramatic cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and abundant wildlife, was unforgettable. I opted for a small group excursion that promised to show the Sound’s majestic beauty without the commitment of a five-day trek. 

My journey began in Te Anau, where I boarded a coach and traced the lake’s northern shore towards Te Anau Downs. Here, the group boarded the Fiordland Express catamaran, the vessel for the scenic cruise. The way the surrounding mountains reflect in the calm water couldn’t be described simply and is something to see. 

Fellow Traveler Tip: Malaria is widespread in tropical and subtropical areas like this. Take the necessary steps to avoid mosquito bites. 

Exploration of Milford Track

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Once on solid ground, we started the 11-kilometer walking track, following the path along the Clinton River. Along the way, my group experienced birdwatching moments, captured a few epic photographs, and simply enjoyed seeing all the natural beauty. The guide also enriched the experience by sharing insights into the area’s ecology and history.

Midday Picnic

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The group stopped for a well-deserved lunch break beside the river. We had a short picnic that rejuvenated us for the return journey. As the tour finished, I reboarded the catamaran, carrying with me memories of a brief yet unbelievable encounter with Milford Track’s timeless beauty.

Detour On the Way Back

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As the sun said its goodbyes, I headed back toward Queenstown. I did stop at Arrowtown along the way. I wandered through the historic streets lined with little cottages and artisan shops. I couldn’t resist and indulged in some delicious homemade fudge. That fudge might be some of the best I’d ever had; it just melted in your mouth. 

Evening Delights in Queenstown

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By evening, I had returned to Queenstown and was looking for a night out, having a scrumptious dinner at one of the town’s top restaurants, where you can sample some of the region’s finest cuisine paired with local wines.

At Blue Kanu, I found just the dining experience I was looking for. Located in the heart of the town, this restaurant had an irresistible charm. It also had bold flavors with its Polynesian/Asian fusion cuisine, particularly its delectable seafood offerings. The laid-back ambiance, with staff sporting vibrant floral shirts, created the restaurant’s cool Polynesian vibe. It made a perfect retreat in Queenstown. Blue Kanu offered a dining experience that was as exciting as it was delicious. In my book, it’s undoubtedly a choice for those seeking a culinary journey with a fancy twist.

 After dinner, I walked along the waterfront, looking around at the stunning views of the mountains in the moonlight, and was left speechless. 

Key Takeaways: 

While Milford Sound is a remote destination, it is accessible by road, air, and water, with scenic drives, helicopter tours, and boat cruises offering different perspectives of its natural wonders.

Choose the method that best suits your interests. 

Tourist Information: Milford Sound

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