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Homer Tunnel
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27 February 2017

 

Fiordland Nat Park

New Zealand

 

44°45'42"S
167°58'22"E
794m ASL

 

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HEADING out from Milford Sound by road, the bus headed up the dramatic valley climbing moderately to a glacial cirque with walls of rock towering a kilometre above us. At the back of the valley was the entrance to Homer Tunnel at 800 metres above sea level.

The tunnel is a single lane, now controlled by traffic lights. We had just missed the green light, so had about four minutes before moving on. The bus driver (who told me he was a photographer) took my picture here near the entrance.

The tunnel rose moderately uphill to its highest point of 925 metres above sea level, over 200 metres short of the Mackinnon Saddle I had hiked over just a few days ago, but well below the 1375 metre high Homer Saddle sitting as a knife edge straddling the vertical walls of rock on either side. The tunnel has made this the road route into Milford Sound.

From Homer Tunnel, I travelled the long road around to Queenstown, heading up the gondola just in time for sunset.

 
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