The next day we headed toward the Fjordlands region. We found fun backpacker lodging in the hamlet of Manapouri, on the shores of Lake Manapouri. The property had several cabins (cottages) and a larger 3 bedroom holiday house.
|Manapouri backpackers property map|
The next day we took some day hikes near the lake. Every trail we set foot upon in New Zealand is beautifully maintained. They've really got it figured out. What a pleasure.
|Swing Bridge near Lake Manapouri|
|Mitre Peak, Milford Sound|
It's a stunning place and justifiably famous for New Zealand. The sound (fjord) is sprinkled with waterfalls along the steep shores. The tour boat could handle 50 people, but there were only 10 of us. Our fellow passengers included a retired Irish couple and a young Austrian family, from Salzburg.
We had a beautiful afternoon drive over a high mountain pass, with a one lane tunnel at the top. The view from either side is stunning. We stopped for several short hikes on the way.