Day 5 - Milford Track
Today is our last day with Ultimate Hikes. We had the royal treatment by this fine outfitter. I highly recommend them to anyone wanting to do any of the "Great Walks" in New Zealand.
Same morning procedure: make lunch, have breakfast. The difference is that we hand in our daypacks & sleep sheets. So now we had an orange bag (that was issued to us in the beginning) with all our belongings. The orange bag goes in the luggage bay of the bus on the way back to Queenstown, and when we go back to our hotel, we get to carry the orange bag like a bunch of homeless people. Kinda funny!
After breakfast we go on a tour of Milford Sound. The weather is better than FINE - it's SUPERB! Milford Sound is actually one of the smallest "sounds", but is the most popular. I'm actually surprised that there isn't more development here, and that other fjords aren't developed more for tourism. Milford Sound is pretty small, a few hotels, and airport, and the docks for the boats.
The ride on Milford Sound was beautiful. We didn't see dolphins however (like the Flying Kiwi group did). The skipper said it's hit or miss if the dolphins are there.
After the cruise we were back on the bus for the ride up the hill, through Homer Tunnel, over to Te Anau, & back to Queenstown. The 4 of us went back to Rydges Hotel for the night. The rest of the afternoon was for power shopping - last chance to buy things for family & friends. We had dinner at Winnie's. Our last day - hard to believe.