Sound of silence

Print edition : June 09, 2017

Franz Josef glacier. The early Maori name for it is Roimata (tears of the avalanche girl). Legend has it that the tears of a Maori girl whose lover fell down a cliff froze into the glacier. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

Doubtful Sound (a sound is a narrow channel of water connecting two wider bodies of water or between two bits of land) is the most exquisitely rugged and remote area of untamed wilderness in this part of the world.

Cows coming home in Franz Josef town, which is at the base of the mountain where the glacier is situated. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The tui, a native bird. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

Post-rain cascades dot the hillsides along the route through Doubtful Sound. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

A view of the Tasman Sea. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The Franz Josef glacier. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

Aoraki, or Mount Cook, is 3,754 metres high and is New Zealand’s highest peak. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The Wilmot Pass road, which runs through Fiordland National Park. New Zealanders claim this is the most expensive road ever built. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The weka, New Zealand’s version of the wild swamphen. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The highlight of the trip to South Island is the cruise through Doubtful Sound. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

Sunset in Wanaka. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

Lake Tekapo. It is one of the seven lakes that make up the Lakes District in South Island. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

Manapouri Hydroelectric Power Station on the edge of Fiordland National Park. It is the largest power station in the country. Photo: Sudha Mahalingam

The Southern Alps, with Lake Wanaka in the foreground.

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