New Zealand’s premier walking route celebrates a milestone
New Zealand is one of my very favorite countries. Its marvelous landscape of mountain and seacoast, its wonderful friendly people and its vibrant cities are unsurpassed. Next month, the Milford Track, one of the island nation’s nine Great Walks, celebrates a special anniversary. To mark the 125th anniversary of the opening of Milford Track, the Department of Conservation (DOC) has organized a guided, commemorative heritage walk between October 31 and November 3.
The guides, clad in period costumes, will add a nostalgic element to the 33.2-mile walk on the spectacular South Island as they tell historic tales mixed with their own real-life experiences. Hikers are also encouraged to dress in theme attire as described in the early guides, some dating back as far as the 1890s. At the end of the walk, which takes approximately four days, hikers are rewarded with the sight of the spectacular Milford Sound, described by storyteller Rudyard Kipling as the “eighth wonder of the world’”and on the bucket list of thousands of international travelers every year.
I actually have been on Milford Sound on a day trip from Queenstown, but it was winter and raining to beat the band. We saw nothing but streams and waterfalls cascading from the surrounding banks, so it is still on my bucket list.