28 Sep 2008

Milford Road reopens

12:25 pm on 28 September 2008

Life is getting back to normal in Milford Sound with tourists starting to return to the town after it was cut off for five days by a major slip.

Mud and debris up to half a metre high and more than 150 metres wide covered the road near Mt Underwood, seven kilometres from Milford Sound, on Tuesday night.

About 50 people stranded in the Milford Sound township had to be ferried in and out of the area by air services.

Only a few tourists were able to get in with the help of a local helicopter charter.

But local businesses say the backlog of tourists waiting in Te Anau will more than likely make up for the revenue lost over the past five days.