The day started in Te Anau where we checked-out of our very pleasant motel and set-off north alongside the side of the lake. We stopped along the way to view the Mirror Lakes and again later at Homer Camp where we read about the lives of the workers who lived with their families in this remote place whilst the Homer Tunnel was being built. [Just click on the image to read more about the camp.] It must have been a truly extreme way of life.
Before we reached the Sound we stopped off to see some temperate rainforest, cascades and photograph highland “meadows”. We’d booked our boat trip (one that was advertised as being more “nature” focussed) for the end of the day and this turned out to be a a good thing because gradually the weather appeared to be improving. It must be said that the improvement was almost imperceptible and in an area that’s famed for its rain and clouds – we didn’t have high expectations. However, we did have a wonderful trip, some photographs of us were taken by a very friendly member of the crew and we did enjoy ourselves.
Where to stay that evening was always going to be challenging. Were we going to stay in Milford Sound and pay rather high rates for the hotel – even if there had been a room available (which there wasn’t); were we going to drive all the way back to Te Anau – challenging to say the least, and in the dark for much of the way (our boat having returned to the jetty at about 17:30); or was there another possibility – Knobs Flat.
I’d decided before we left Te Anau that this was going to be our overnight stop. There were a couple of decent reviews on Trip Advisor and even though being in the middle of nowhere was a bit challenging to say the least, the prospect of a long exhausting drive, or worse still – sleeping in the car, helped focus the mind. In the end, I don’t know why I’d been apprehensive. The wood cabin we had was wonderful. Basic but totally in keeping with the landscape it was located in. Everything was provided so with the contents of our mobile supermarket stores from the car, we rested and relaxed in an environment that was free of internet and television. A lovely evening and a great end to a wonderful day.