I tramped (the Kiwi term for hiked) one of the Great Walks of the World, Milford Track, on February 22-25. The 53.5 kilometer/33.5 mile tramp has stunning views and it is a highlight of my year-long journey.

They don’t call New Zealand the land of ferns for nothing. I saw thousands of them on this tramp.

The track is loaded with green mosses and flora. This area gets a lot of rainfall.

Miriam from Germany and Dyllan from South Africa preparing dinner our first night.

Ready for a day of tramping to Mintaro Hut 10 miles away. I’m dressed for rain and I had a red rain cover over my backpack. We had rain the first day of the tramp and a little on the second day.

This is part of 1,800 feet high Sutherand Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in the world and NZ’s tallest. Notice how small the person is at the bottom of the falls.

Some people focus their attention on the top of waterfalls. I find the bottom of falls interesting with all of the layers of water and spray.

An overlook with Clinton Valley below

One of my favorite photos. This is Giant Gate Falls. I shot this on the last day of the walk. You can see how lush and green it is and how clear the water is at Milford. Looks like paradise.

One of the bunkhouses at Clinton Hut

Miriam’s cooking another pasta dish. Good energy food for the next day’s walk.

Kaori from Osaka, Japan

Louise from New Zealand crossing a swing bridge

The end of the track. Another goal met. Notice the boots hanging to the right of the sign. I should have tacked mine up there. I started losing the sole again on my left boot. Time for a new pair.

The kea. They’re nice to look at but they’ll eat your clothes if you leave them outside overnight.

Happy to have finished the walk, we are on a ferry bound for Milford Sound. Left to right are Nancy and Mike from Vermont, Miriam from Germany, Scott, and Kaori from Japan.

Milford Sound

Milford Sound. The small looking white boat near the center of the photo is actually a large day-cruise ship.