Tasmania & New Zealand 2014 travel blog

Panorama at rest stop over bay

View of mountains and hay bales at rest stop

Suspension bridge South of Clifden

Mountains and clouds

Mountains from campsite

Yesterday was a strenuous day, today is a short day, and tomorrow will be an early day. Last night I did laundry and collapsed after all the hiking yesterday. This morning we finished the journal and photos, checked email, etc., and didn’t get away until late morning.

We stopped twice on our way to Te Anau—once at a lookout over a large bay, which would have been much more beautiful with sun on it, instead of drizzle, and once at a suspension bridge, built in 1899 and now retired, which was once the longest suspension bridge in New Zealand.

At Te Anau, we stopped at the DOC Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, and found out where campsites were along the road to Milford Sound and got a recommendation from the ranger. We also looked at their exhibits about the park.

Then I went to the i-Site to get information about the cruises while Larry went to the grocery store. We filled up the diesel tank, and headed north up the road. We counted 26(!) tour buses headed down while we were on the way up. We arrived at our campsite at Cascade Creek DOC camp about 5:30 pm.

Our plan is to get up early and drive the rest of the way out to Milford Sound, get on an early cruise before the tour buses get there, then take our time coming back to Te Anau. If weather permits, we may take some hikes. Today was not conducive to hiking—cold and drizzly. I guess we’re fair-weather hikers in addition to being fair weather campers.

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