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Milford Sound and... Penguins!!

It wouldn't be New Zealand if there wasn't another breathtaking landscape to visit everywhere and of course if there weren't any penguins - South Island, New Zealand


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Visiting the Milford Sound feels like travelling to Norway - provided one survives the journey. Our host in Manapouri already warned us, that we should not attempt to drive to the Milford Sound by ourselves and Oh my God was he right! I was so glad that we had booked a bus tour there, as the journey - mostly a one way road with serpentines, rain, steep cliffs and a tunnel that looked like it would collapse any minute, was anything but relaxing!

Once we got to the Milford Sound however another mystic landscape unfolded before our eyes. The waterfalls, the mist, the clouds, the sea - this was worth the way!

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We were stunned and sure there was nothing to come that could top this.
Wen went to Dunedin and had a lovely time there, but still the images of the MIlford Sound were uncomparable.
Our next stop was Oamaru, where we stayed at the Olive Grove. This hostel was really cool, especially because they provided us with a hand drawn map of a place where we could see pengiuns coming from the see to their nest in the evening.
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There was a little hideout built and from where we could watch...
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There were some penguins and also a seal, but they were quite tiny and far away, so the camera couldn't capture them.
So because the sun was setting and there was a really nice hill we went for a walk nearby.
We were just sitting in the gras and talking about the fact that we just saw wild penguins and this is really cool, when we spotted them!

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Can you see it?

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These are called yellow eyed penguins and aren't they beautiful?

They were really calm and didn't seem to notice us, so we could even snatch a pick with them!
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Posted by tastingtheworld 10:57 Archived in New Zealand Tagged waterfall mist sound penguins milfor_sound

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