So here we are, Winter number two for 2015 and we have based ourselves in the tiny, remote community of Milford Sound, New Zealand. We will be spending the Winter season living and working at the Milford Sound Lodge; a two hour drive away from the nearest pub, shop, restaurant or lamp post. So far we are loving it!
Milford Sound is in the South West of New Zealand’s South Island and is not in fact a sound but a fiord. A dramatic, breathtaking fiord, where sheer cliffs meet deep, clear, glacial waters. It is a miraculous place and understandably New Zealand’s number one tourist destination.
In winter there are approx 200 residents in Milford, most of who work in the tourist companies or as fishermen. There is only one baby in Milford and no children or old people at all! Although it is an extremely remote location it doesn’t feel deserted as what feels like hundreds of thousands of tourists arrive every day to visit the “eight wonder of the world”. However when they leave after a day or two and we are still here, calling this place home feels very special.
In my (biased) opinion the best time of year to visit Milford Sound is winter. We’ve been lucky enough to enjoy some seriously stunning fresh, crisp, wintery days with bright blue skies and snow capped mountains. Perfect for kayaking with dolphins and walking through the mossy forest valleys. The pace of life seems simpler in winter, with less tourists, less sandflies and less rain. Bring on the next 4 months!