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For my next adventure, I chose to go to Milford Sound.  Milford Sound is one of the top natural destinations in New Zealand.  It actually isn’t a sound but a fjord. According to Wikipedia,  a fjord is a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created by glacial erosion.

Milford ‘Sound’ was created by massive glaciers that moved from high up in the mountains to the sea.  With the retreat of glaciers in the last ice age, the empty void was filled in with seawater.  The result is a stunning inlet with massive mountain walls and cliffs on each side.  The average depth of Milford sound is 330 meters or approximately 1082 feet.  Interestingly, at the end where the sound meets the Tasmen Sea, the sound averages only 16 meters deep.  As the glacier retreated during the last ice age, it dropped debris at the glacier’s furthest point of its extension.  The result is about 800 feet of rock piled beneath the Tasman Sea right at the entrance of the sound.

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I arrived to Queenstown on Saturday. Queenstown is the adventure and adrenaline capital of the world. Immediately upon arrival, I did the scariest thing of my life. Unfortunately I am having some difficultly getting the photos uploaded to my site so I will have a separate blog post about this specific activity later.

Anyway on my fIrst night out in Queenstown me and my friends decided to go to a club called “the Find.” Did I mention Queenstown is the party capital of NZ? The DJ played and mashed together hits from every decade since the 1950’s. I left at 4:30 am despite the floor still being packed and the music still going.

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It has been awhile. Sorry for the delay – so many activities! Anyway before I begin I wanted to let you know that I am writing this blog post with this view. Below is Queenstown and across are the Remarkables – a mountain range filmed for many scenes in LOTR!!

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Abel Tasmen is the name of the Dutch explorer who found New Zealand. It is also the name of a beautiful national park.

I am now on the Stray bus. I joined on with them in Picton. Basically the company runs a guided tour company around New Zealand. It is a hop on hop off bus service with various routes around the country. The route I chose is minimum 15 days. Every night they stop at random hostels around the country. Some places they stay 2 nights. If you particularly enjoy a stop, you can stay more nights and catch another bus a couple days later. I plan to stop 5 or so nights in Queenstown so this tour of the southern island will probably take me 20 or so days.

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Halo!

Right now I am in Picton. Picton is a small port city located on the north part of the South Island. This is my second night here. Tomorrow I board a Stray Bus for a 20ish day tour of the south island. Up to this point I have been doing a point-to-point destination bus – similar to a Greyhound. With this form of travel, you miss a lot, so I opted to pay a little extra for a guided tour.

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