Headed away from Te Anau destination Milford sound where we planned to kayak the sound all the way out and back – lunch stop at Anita bay – at the entrance . Best laid plans of mice and men took a reality check at the famous Homer tunnel entrance .We stood outside and tried to work out if we might just squeeze through. It is a very interesting tunnel – started in the depression years after 1935 and not finally finished till after WW2 – has a steep 10% gradient as it drops down to emerge through the cliff face on the other side – only finished in 1953.
The next morning we were able to travel back – this time with just the kayak – and we had a great paddle – 15 Kms out 15 km back. Paddled with dolphins shortly into the paddle – and saw plenty of NZ fur seal – a nice little nursery . Stunning scenery .
Lunch stop was at Anita bay that has an old stone hut . Never ever have we seen so many sandflies – the old roofless stone walled hut that is in a shaded corner offered limited respite from the attack . Barb risked everything in an altogether swim – brave girl – but she assured me that it was not cooler than matauri bay this summer. As we paddled away after lunch Barb was covered in a veritable blanket of sandflies all over here top and life jacket. She had avoided using repellents so seemed a sandfly magnet. I had to use my paddle to swipe them off here back!
This is the Gunn Camp in the Hollyford valley – the overhead wire you can see in this picture caused some drama- I ripped it off the building together with a big lump of wood and a large insulator – again the big kayak on top just a bit too high. All was forgiven and repaired in time for the big generator to kick in for the evening.