Boarding the boat at Te Anau Downs to the start of the track at the other end of Lake Te Anau
Doug and Ralph start the trek
Only about a mile in, the first of the lodges for guided walkers
Glade House lounge and dining area
The Clinton River, on the front doorstep of Glade House. The bridge is the official start of the Milford Track.
A trout in the crystal clear water.
One of our guides, Dan, shows how big the trout get.
Glade House nature walk - ferns abound
Moss everywhere in this watery world
Enjoying a nip of duty free scotch before lights off at ten.
The morning routine of making lunch to pack for the walk
Day 2: starting the walk
The track followed the Clinton River the whole day.
A NZ bush robin - like most NZ birds, very tame
The water was so clean we could drink right from the river.
Claude explains the mountains to Doug
The Milford Track is one-way. Even though there were 47 of us in the group, you could easily get the place to yourself.
I got lots of beautiful reflection pictures like this one.
The first lunch hut for guided walkers - Hirere Falls.
We crossed lots of small bridges like this one
Hidden Lake - our first close-up snow encounter
Waterfall feeding Hidden Lake
One of several landslide areas we crossed
Arriving at Pompolona Lodge
View from our room. That's the next day's high point - MacKinnon Pass - in the distance
Our Japanese friends beat us to the laundry sinks
Relaxing in the Pompolona lounge
A kea arrived on outside our room hoping to get inside and "explore"
Day 3: Looking up the mountain to a mostly clear sky
Looking back down the Clinton Valley - getting a little altitude now
The first of many danger signs warning of rockfall or avalanche
Spectacular views begin to emerge
Mount Cook lilies lined the path
The breathtaking view toward the Nicholas Cirque
Getting quite high now, looking up at Mt Balloon
The huge MacKinnon memorial cairn on the MacKinnon Pass
MacKinnon memorial cairn on the MacKinnon Pass
Spectacular views in all directions from the pass
Looking down at Quintin Hut and the Arthur River valley
Mt Elliot reflected in the clear water of a glacial tarn
Climbing higher up the MacKinnon Pass
High point on the Milford, 1154 meters, about 3800 feet
Doug posing in front of Pass Hut, where we had lunch
Descending the steep Emergency Track, avoiding avalanche danger
Crossing the Roaring Burn and its beautiful series of cascades
Roaring Burn Falls
Stairs and boardwalks followed Roaring Burn down into the valley, protecting the vegetation and preventing erosion
Goblin Moss hanging from trees. If it wasn't so sunny, it would be spooky
A crystal aqua pool on the Roaring Burn
A giant tree fern. They have these in Australia too
Helicopter supplying Quintin Lodge. They were low on beer and knew we were coming.
Sutherland Falls, 1900 feet top to bottom.
Doug braves chill and mist near at the base of the falls
Evening sky from Quintin Lodge
Enjoying a chat and drink with Doug and Yolande at the Quintin bar, guides Dan and Claude our barthenders
Quintin Lodge on morning of Day 4
Last look at Quintin interior before departure
Day 4 was mostly very easy, like this.
Crossing the Arthur River by suspension bridge
View of the Arthur from the bridge
The postcard picture of Mackay Falls. Enjoy this one folks, I worked hard for this shot.
A sunny section on the way out to Milford Sound
Ralph - same place
Ferns, ferns everywhere
He made it!
Our boat ride to Milford township from Sandfly Point
The sandflies were driving everyone crazy!
Masako, our friendly and energetic Japanese guide
Milford Sound in the mist
A moody version of one of NZ's most iconic views - Mitre Peak
Speechifying on "Awards Night" after getting my Milford track certificate from the guides - Dan, Megan, Claude, Masako, Paul (trainee) and James (trainee)
Day 5: cruise on Milford Sound
Milford Sound waterfall from hanging valley above
Back in Te Anau, statue of a takahe, flightless NZ bird once thought to be extinct