Looking north up the Eglinton valley on a section called the "Avenue of the Disappearing Mountain" - So called as the central peaks appear to sink as you drive up the valley - this is an optical illusion caused by the rising road. The Earl mountains are on the left with Mt Eglington and Largs Peak
This series follows our journey along State Highway 94 as we travelled from Te Anau to Milford Sound. The route is 73 miles (119km) long and it is regarded as one of the most scenic roads in New Zealand; with a peak elevation of 940m, it is also one of the country's highest. The road travels up the eastern side of Lake Te Anau along the lateral moraine left behind after the retreat of the glaciers at the end of the last ice age.
From Te Anau Downs, the road veers right and enters the Eglinton Valley. The road then runs parallel to the right side of the Eglinton River for 20 miles while it passes through Knobs Flat. At Cascade Creek, the road emerges onto the shorelines of Lake Gunn and Lake Fergus. The road then passes through a saddle and emerges at the upper section of the Hollyford Valley.
After Hollyford, the road veers to the west and rises steadily along the valley to its highest point at the Homer Tunnel. At 1270 metres long it is the second-longest road tunnel in New Zealand. The road then emerges at the head of the Cleddau Valley and the road spends its last 10 miles descending along the valley to Milford Sound.