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Feb 17th, 2008
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The road to Milford Sound is not just a road, it is like a destination all by itself. This road was built entirely for tourist purposes, when New Zealand's government realized the importance of Milford Sound to tourism industry. Most of the road was built during the depression years of the 1930s, but some, like the main tunnel were built later.

There are a lot of attractions that can be accessed near the road, like the Chasm, Mirror Lakes, one end of the Routeborn Great Walk, Getrude Saddle walk, Lake Marian, etc.



Much of the road also passes by Lake Te Anau, and there are some great viewing spots. The place where this was photographed is also the place where the ferry for the Milford Track goes to. The Milford Track needs to be booked ahead quite a bit, at the time we inquired it was all booked 2 months ahead. I'm not sure if its really that great of a track, or this is just good marketing at work, but the track is marked easy, and you have to do it in the number of specified days, which makes it quite boring, as the walking times between the huts are quite short.



To get through to Milford Sound, you have to go through the tunnel, which goes under Harris Saddle. Before the tunnel was built, everyone who wanted to go to Milford had to go over the saddle, which was quite an alpine climbing feat. Having the postman doing it must've been a problem.

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