SOUTHLAND: FIORDLAND

24-Apr-14

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The Chasm

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by Chris Gaelic

The Chasm Carpark, Milford Sound Highway, Milford Sound, Southland

rvexplorer id: 18598

River, Forest

Large Vehicle Access Walking Tracks No Vodafone mobile reception

Walkway through the forest

Walkway through the forest

 

Sculpted rock in the Chasm

Sculpted rock in the Chasm

 

 

The Chasm was formed by thousands of years of swirling water through the gorge. Two footbridges offer dramatic views of a series of powerful waterfalls. 

 

It is just a short walk, 15 minutes return, to the footbridge over the chasm viewing area. The work through our native forest is worth it all by itself - with giant ferns, and fern covered trees. 

 

The volume and velocity of water flowing through the chasm gives some indication of just how much rainfall the Milford Sound area receives. and the patterns eroded into the rock look positively ghoulish.

 

The Chasm walk is about halfway between Milford Sound and the Homer Tunnel.

 

The Chasm river

 

Bridge over the Chasm

 

The Chasm Carpark

 

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