We continued on from Lake Gunn to Milford Sound early in the morning, jumped on a boat and went for a cruise through the fiord, out to the Tasman Sea and back. I've heard it mostly rains out there, so we were very lucky to have such a beautiful, sunny and still day. The little town (and lots of other spots in the South Island) really remind me of Twin Peaks. Little country houses with mountains towering over them from every angle.
On our way out, we stopped to make lunch and realised we were at the base of the Routeburn track — although not the one we planned! We were supposed to do it in Glenorchy but didn't realise you could start in Fiordland National Park. The view at the peak was just amazing, a big field surrounded by delightful snow caps. I have to mention how much I love the shot of Marcus aka. Ace Ventura!
After our hike, it was time to head back to Queenstown. For some reason, the drive was so much more glorious than we remember it being on the way! Every couple of minutes we had to stop and just pinch ourselves. The mountains, the animals, the lushness, the sunset — it was all too much.