The day started off at 4:30am…it was dark and still pouring outside. So I did all that I could do – hauled all my crap in the middle of the night to the bus and found a seat as quickly as possible so I could go back to sleep. Ahhh, sleep…how I’ve missed you! Before I knew it, we were at the ferry terminal and needed to get a move on as we were running late.
In only an hour – I was on Stewart Island. The rain hadn’t let up – it had just gotten worse. So much for thinking that the weather was going to clear up so we could get the most out of being on the island. The main reason I wanted to go to Stewart Island was to chill out at the beach and possibly kayak a little if I got bored with doing nothing much. The rain made sure that wasn’t going to happen and so I quickly needed to whip out Plan B. What the hell was Plan B! After much forced consultation with the folks at the Red Shed, we decided it was best to rent a car and get out for short little walking bits (hardly any of the island has paved roads so there really was no choice in the matter).
The four of us with the Rat
Luckily, we got one of the last cars available and it was called the Rat. It was tiny but as soon as we hit the little windy roads, it all made sense. As it continued to pour down in buckets, our fearless driver navigated the Rat on tight roads and got us as close as possible to the desired destinations. The rain never let up that day and now it eerily seems like the clouds bursting in the manner they were was just foreshadowing for the days to come. But on that particular day on Stewart Island it meant nothing to us other than the weather gods were out to get us. We may have been cold and miserable and possibly look like 4 people who decided to take a shower with their clothes on but thankful that we got our hands on the Rat and had a chance to explore the island as much as we could that day.
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I jumped onto the Stray bus from Queenstown but was seriously lacking sleep. Without getting into any of the gory details, didn’t get a much sleep on Friday night due to my own retardiness and then got a repeat of that on Saturday night due to the insanity of others (word of advice – never ever stay at BASE). So there I was in the company of strangers once again but was having a hard time holding a conversation as keeping my eyes open was about all I was capable of doing.
As we drove to Milford Sound – I drifted in and out of sleep. The weather was terrible and I pretty much decided to not get off at any of the stops – seriously…who’d turn down an extra 20 minutes of uncomfortable napping for a bathroom break! IDIOTS! Sadly, in no time at all, we got to Milford Sound. I hoped off the bus with everyone else and boarded the ferry for the cruise we signed up for. Never in my life have I been this uninterested to being out on the water.
It was a tour around Milford Sound that lasted for 1 1/2 hours. Turns out there was a lot of ohhing and ahhing over nature and frankly, I was bored. Wow, another waterfall. And can you believe this – dolphins are following our boat once again! Such beauty…its amazing I didn’t explode by being surrounded by it. If you think I’m being a jackass and holding back on the experience then you guessed right. There was something that I loved about the cruise that day. The FREE TEA! Yup, you read that correctly!!! I drank cup after cup and was simply in heaven. It warmed me up and gave me an excuse to get out of the rain.
If I can offer any advice to those thinking about going to Milford Sound , it would be to get a good night’s sleep prior to going as it’ll change your outlook on the whole experience. Instead of sitting inside and drinking tea – maybe you’ll actually get to marvel at the beauty that surrounds you.
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