Since we were starting in the afternoon due to the Doubtful Sound cruise, we needed to prioritize which sights we would visit before it became too dark to hike. Along the drive we decided our first stop would be Humboldt Falls, a large 275m tall falls. To get there we had a long drive on gravel roads, then a 15 minute hike through intensely lush forest to the viewpoint.
On the way back to the main road we made a quick stop at Marion Falls (Leandra was not a fan of the swinging bridge).
From here we drove to the end of the road, Milford Sound itself. There were stunning views along the road…
And of course the sound itself.
The harbor hosts the Blue Duck Cafe and Bar, and since it was late we figured now was the only time we were likely to get food. The Carbonara pizza was passable but Leandra’s mussels were terribly overcooked, doubly unfortunate given how close we are to the water.
As we exited the restaurant we enjoyed some great sunset color on the mountain tops.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have much light left on the way back so we just barely get one more photo next to the Homer tunnel, Cleddau Valley Vistas Waterfalls, then continued our drive back in the dark dodging wildlife intent on running into / in front of our car.
We returned to our hotel ~15 hours after leaving, and enjoyed a well-earned night of sleep.