The second day of the Milford Track involved an easy 16.5 km tramp from Clinton Hut to Mintaro Hut. Today, we got our first glimpse of many of the Milford Track’s spectacular waterfalls. We were fortunate enough to have stunning weather all through our hike on the Milford Track, as this region of New Zealand was experiencing a drought. Apparently, the definition of a drought here is when it doesn’t rain in the Fiordland National Park for a handful of days – and it hadn’t rained substantially for three weeks. Great for us, because we were travelling through easily flooded areas and facing the prospects of river crossings – the Track was pretty much dry as a bone and we often found ourselves using bridges for no good reason! But unfortunately, the lack of rain also meant that the waterfalls were not as spectacular as they typically are. (Still very neat, though!).
We also learnt today that there are really pretty and refreshing swimming holes close to each of the DOC huts for those who wish to brave the cool waters and (at certain huts) the sandflies. Wish I would have thought to bring my swimming gear! It would have certainly been the perfect end to a great day of hiking!