This post is the latest in our weekly photo series from places that we’ve been:
This week’s #FriFoto them on Twitter is OCEANS, in honor of World Oceans Day. This picture comes from Milford Sound, located in Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island. The whole park is part of the Te Wahipounamu UNESCO World Heritage site, and author Rudyard Kipling called it an Eighth Wonder of the World when he visited on his travels.
Don and I came here on a flight-seeing daytrip from Queenstown. Milford Sound is a startlingly beautiful place, one of the more photogenic areas that I’ve been. The weather is often rainy and unreliable, particularly in the fall; we were lucky to be there on a day where the sun came out, at least for a while (it’s one of the wettest areas in the world).
You can explore Milford Sound by taking a two-hour boat trip, on a vessel like the one pictured above. There are also overnight cruises, as well as a famous tramping trail called the Milford Trek. If we would have had more time in New Zealand, it would have been fun to do either of these options (as it was, flight seeing was pricey but spectacular. I’ll write more about it in a future post).
A little bit about World Oceans Day, which is officially sanctioned by the U.N.: Held every year on June 8, the date is meant to raise awareness of the issues facing the seas. Events are being held all over the world – you can search for related tweets using the hashtag #WOD.