At 8am this morning, in the cool misty air of dawn, we collected our pilot for our day cruising the fjords of New Zealand's South Island. First, we entered Milford sound, with its sheer mountain faces dropping into the sea within feet of either side of the ship. There are frequent water falls cascading down the steep slopes up the 9km we travelled to the head, before pausing and turning to backtrack towards the coast again, where we made for Thompson and Doubtful Sounds. Today's lunch is to be BBQ, so that we can make the most of the day, and spend it out on the open decks admiring this amazing scenery. This part of our cruise cetainly has the 'wow' factor.
From here we head to Wellington, Napier, and Auckland, before heading off to visit the Polynesian Islands of the South Pacific.