Thursday, 26 April 2012

Route To Milford Sound 7: Homer Tunnel

.....Continued from < Route To Milford Sound 6: Mirror Lake >

After a stop at Mirror Lake , we kept moving toward to Milford Sound. And Homer Tunnel is the very way we must pass through, linking Milford Sound, Te Anau & Queenstown, by piercing the Main Divide (which forms the boundary between the Canterbury and Wet Coast Regions ) at the Homer Saddle. The entire road along the Homer Region is extremely danger with it rugged, slopped and steep terrain. In fact, there were many tragic accidents happened to vehicle drivers as well as climbers, who, slipped and fell to death from the Homer Ridge. Therefore those who wanna get through the path to Milford Sound are better comply with the rules given, for instance, the vehicle has to be installed the snow chains in certain weather to get rid of slippery icy road surface, and do not access to the region during the terrible condition of weather. Apart from that, strictly do not stop the vehicles on the entirely journey to get rid of avalanche. The atmospheric conditions are definitely unpredictable sometimes. Nevertheless the vista en route is amazingly breathtaking.

A spectacular view of Homer Saddle during winter, contrasts between both snow white and dark rock, I wasn't quite enough taking photos of it, heavenly scenery...

We were about entering the Homer Tunnel, which runs 1270m. It was the longest gravel-surfaced tunnel in the world.

Exited the tunnel from the other portal, simply another heavenly place before our eyes.

Quite a long way to go, such a remote location, yet numerous of tourists from all over the world as us come to Milford Sound, one of the eight wonders in world. It's a "Must Visit" attraction in New Zealand.

Yes! We arrived Milford Sound safely- the New Zealand most famous tourist destination, yet labeled as one of the < Eight Wonders Of The World >.

The informations of ticketing, timetables & lunch on cruise, you may purchase the lunch at the ticketing counter or aboard. My honey and I have online purchased the cruise ticket beforehand which excluded lunch. Therefore we were going to buy our buffet lunch aboard later.

The Winter Cruise schedule. They also offer an overnight cruise in Milford Sound as well, which consists dinner, bed and breakfast. However we solely purchased the scenic cruise which duration took approximately 1hr 45mins to 2hrs due to we were lack of time. We merely have two days left to explore lots more attractions in Sound Island of New Zealand, and time we left wasn't quite enough. For those people who have sufficient time, don't forget to experience an awesome overnight cruise in Milford Sound.

The Milford Sound highlights, and the route of the cruise...

The map of the route from car park to Launch Terminal using Milford Foreshore Walk, which takes approximately 20 minutes by easy & relax walk.

Fantastic sights of foreshore walk @ Milford Sound...

We took the foreshore walk to Launch Terminal from the car park, which would take us about 20 minutes, hence we better hurry up before the cruise abandon us..haha. In fact we still needed to collect our ticket we had purchased online at the Launch Terminal prior boarding.

To Be Continued, Stay Tuned...< Route To Milford Sound 8: Awaiting Cruise @ Milford Sound >


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