The first convoys including visitor buses into Milford Sound Piopiotahi since the torrential rain of just over a fortnight ago have gone smoothly today in misty conditions, says Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Milford Road Alliance Manager Kevin Thompson.
Despite some heavy rain earlier this morning, common in Fiordland all year round, all three convoys (10 am, 12.30 pm and 2.30 pm) set off as planned.
The convoys for this weekend (22 and 23 February) and Monday 24 February will be the same as for today, ie three trips in, three trips out, but please check anyway at this web map link for confirmation as weather may affect these times over the next three days:
The Transport Agency’s Milford Road Alliance crews are working hard to maintain the highway surface for the buses and essential services vehicles and will only cancel a convoy if the weather or a fresh slip rules it out on safety grounds, says Mr Thompson.
There remains no access for private vehicles, self-driving people in camper vans, cars or people towing boats or caravans, but people are encouraged to catch the bus from Te Anau to appreciate this astonishing rainforest highway through the Homer Tunnel and into Fiordland.
More background details in recent media release:
The Transport Agency’s Milford Road Alliance Manager Kevin Thompson on the road near a section of storm damaged highway (Courtesy Radio NZ/ Tess Brunton):
More scenes from today’s convoys into Milford Sound Piopiotahi:
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