On the 26th of January, we went to Milford Sound, in Fiordland National park. Quite a bus ride in the morning, four to five hours, but that included many sightseeing stops at waterfalls, lakes, Te Anau, and mountain views. And a very amusing and knowledgable bus driver! The boat trip over the fiord was fantastic. The walls of the mountains rising up from the sea were so incredibly tall that any ship passing by was dwarfed by that. And they were so steep that they almost seem to bend backward. The green mountain walls (beeches growing horizontally), the dark green-blue water and an occasional snow-capped mountain top made a wonderful scenery. Completed with waterfalls to which we came close that we could almost fill a glass with water. After the boat trip, we went for a helicopter ride. The most exciting thing we have ever done! We flew closely along mountain walls and rocks, to the top of one of the glaciers, where we could get out. We saw lakes high in the mountains, snow-capped mountain tops that stick their head through the clouds. Then we flew back down, again closely flying along walls, rocks, left, right. Very scenic and extremely exciting! For me (Elise), that was the most sunny and warm, but also stunning and thrilling birthday ever!