We used today to travel to our next lodgings in Te Anau – conveniently located for trips into the Milford and Doubtful Sounds. These can be booked via Trips and Tramps (www.tripsandtramps.com) and Real Journeys (www.realjourneys.co.nz or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The journey took 4 hours, including a stop for coffee on the way and not counting the stop in Queenstown en route to buy a new pair of walking sandals – the ones we had brought with us had given up the ghost at this stage of the trip. I’m sure our legs are shorter than when we started too?!
There is a small cinema in Te Anau which shows a great short film (40 minutes) with breathtaking aerial photography – a real appetiser for the beauties of Fiordland. You really get to see territory that no man has laid foot on before (courtesy of the helicopter). Film shows are on the hour, every hour and it was well worth $20 for 2 seats.
The scenery on the drive was spectacular, especially the segment along Lake Wakatipu. We saw many fields of sheep on the route too. we haven’t seen as many sheep as we had expected – there seem to be more dairy cattle than sheep in the rest of New Zealand.
The ratio of sheep to people in NZ is 6:1 – the world’s highest ratio. This is down from 22:1 in 1982.
NZ’s heftiest ever fleece (27g) belonged to a ram named Shrek – who was shorn in 2004. The heftiest fleece on record is 41kg, belonging to Chris an Australian sheep who overtook Shrek in 2015. The average weight is 4.5kg.
Fiordland covers a larger area than Yellowstone and Yosemite put together. I have been to both – that is MASSIVE!