Neither of us had previously ventured this far North into the Fiordland National Park. The native bush that is unique to this Southern part of New Zealand is ancient and you can feel it. The flora’s intense shades of green never cease to amaze me.
The Mirror Lakes, which are rather pond-sized, give way to splendid impressions and reflections.
In addition to the beautiful lush greens we witnessed amazing views from the top of Key Summit, an easier 3 hour return track, accessible directly from Highway 94, that overlooks several valleys and mountain chains.
Lake Marian was another 3 hour return track that lets you scramble over rock, root and mud but which, weather permitting, rewards you with a view of the lake and surrounding mountains.
Last but not least, Milford Sound itself.
It was absolutely beautiful to see it up close, without having to go on one of the overcrowded cruises. The Foreshore Walk on the small peninsula provides unobstructed views of the iconic Mitre Peak and its surroundings.