Queenstown to Te Anau:
Somehow, I don't have any pictures from this part of the drive. If I had to guess, though, I'd say it consisted of mountains and a whole lot of sheep. We arrived in Te Anau a little before dinner and checked into our hotel before heading out to eat. Since it was pretty much the only place to stay between Queenstown and Milford Sound, Te Anau seemed to be exclusively populated by tourists. There were quite a few hotels and restaurants, a gas station, and a grocery store, but I'm not convinced anyone actually lives there. We looked into driving straight to Milford on this day, but there were only a couple hotels there, and they were predictably overpriced. So, we were up bright and early the next morning to continue our journey.
Te Anau to Milford Sound:
There were a couple landmarks to see between Te Anau and Milford Sound, the most famous of which was the Mirror Lakes.
As we got closer to Milford Sound, the mountains got larger and snowier.
We hadn't been this close to snow in quite awhile!The tunnel was extremely dark and seemed to go on forever. I tend to get a bit claustrophobic and driving through the mountain was definitely not my favorite part of the trip. Luckily, when we came out on the other side, we had a beautiful view of the mountains and were almost to Milford Sound!
Stay tuned for a recap of our boat cruise, during which was saw penguins, seals, and a whale!