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Review of Real Journeys

Real Journeys
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Our one-day small-group guided walk of the first section of the internationally-acclaimed Milford Track starts with a short coach drive, then a one-hour scenic cruise of Lake Te Anau. The walk sets off to historic Glade House, then crosses a swing bridge over the Clinton River into ancient beech forest. Your nature guide will explain the track's history and point out native birds and plants. Easy walking track (4 - 5hrs, approx. 9 - 11kms return). Lunch and hot drinks provided. Departs: Te Anau
Reviewed January 23, 2013

We did both the glow worm caves and also the milford sound trip with Real Journeys. We were travelling with our one year old and it was never a problem. The crews on both trips made a fuss of her and made sure she had stickers, colouring in and things to do.

Thank sunsetmotellers
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

we did the glow worm cave trip in te anau with real journeys and were very happy with it. you go on short lake cruise first, then you get an informational talk after which you are led into the caves. there is quite a low entrance, so you have to bend down a bit at the beginning. we walked on metal walkways where you can see the river thundering through. it was an amazing feeling. after the short walk and more info about the caves, you get on a small boat which takes you to the glow worms. it's totally dark and the only light comes from the bum of the maggots of the fungus gnat. magical. afterwards you walk back to the visitor centre where you get a slide show and more info on the gnats. there is also complimentary tea and coffee. it's not too cold in the caves and the sandflies were no problem at the time we were there. you can also enjoy a 5 min nature walk right by the centre. the water levels have been really high when we visited and the real journeys staff took the time to add temporary walkways on top of the flooded ones. great job. after a lovely lake cruise we were back in te anau. can thoroughly recommend this trip.

Thank clivia g
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

I used Real Journeys to book two excursions. I had no issues and enjoyed both. Milford Sound is beautiful and the boat we were on allowed for very easy picture taking, as well as sitting inside comfortably, if that was your preference.

The ride to the glow worms caves was gusty but also had gorgeous views. The guides for the caves were knowledgeable and the viewing of the worms themselves on foots and in the small boat, was very interesting. I almost thought they were LED lights. Because of how low the height of certain areas of caves were, it is not something that everyone can do though.

Both of my experiences were great, so I would use them again.

2  Thank jiczic76
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

This trip begins with a cruise the length of Lake Manapouri to the West Arm visitor centre (shared with the Doubtful Sound cruises). The lake cruise was breathtaking, a real gem, and would maybe have been worth the fee on its own.

As there was another coach in the power station at the time, our driver took us to the top of Wilmot Pass nearby to take in the views (complete with witty Kiwi banter).

Finally, we descended the spiral tunnel into the mountain to the vast machine hall. It's noisy, hot and humid in there, but a marvel of engineering. The models make it much easier to understand how it all fits together, and there is a guide on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Note that there are no bathroom or other facilities available in the power station or on the bus.

1  Thank Ross Y
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Reviewed December 15, 2012

Amazing. In my opinion, this is the best way to do the sound.
Waking up in the morning to a beautiful, empty and quiet Milford Sound is unbelievable and is a definite must if you can do it.
Crew, cabin, tour, food and facilities are all first class. The nature tour on the tender craft allowed us to get close to Penguins with a knowledgeable guide.
The coach ride to and from the sound was interspersed with short stops for sightseeing and our driver/guide Ade was excellent.
Would definitely recommend you do this, it was the highlight of our trip.

Thank Greg J
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