Renowned for its spectacular landscapes of vast mountains, steaming volcano’s, sweeping coastlines and lush rainforests, New Zealand is a haven for those who love the outdoors. This beautiful country has something for everyone; the traveller who is keen to kick back and relax will enjoy the mud pools, bush walks and coastal drives, whilst the thrill seeking traveller will have the chance to indulge in some pretty extreme adventures, including; bungy jumping, sky diving and white water rafting, all of which New Zealand is famous for. However, no matter what you want to get out of your trip to New Zealand, one thing that no traveller should miss is Milford Sound.
Milford Sound is located in Fiordland National Park, in New Zealand’s South Island, and is an enchanting place with which its beauty can only completely be appreciated through a visit. It has been described as one of New Zealand’s greatest wonders (in fact, ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ by British novelist Rudyard Kipling) and is a fiord that was carved by glaciers over 20,000 years ago. The result; ‘stunning mountainous cliffs that plunge dramatically from thousands of feet high down to the ocean floor, and glistening waterfalls and hanging rainforests that shroud the Milford Sound mountains’, as newzealand.com so perfectly describes it.
Exploring Milford Sound by boat is a great option as this allows you the ultimate view of fiord and gives you time to chill out on the deck whilst taking in the gorgeous scenery. You will have a chance to see the rare and fascinating wildlife which includes dolphins, whales, seals and penguins, and will get so close to the magnificent waterfalls it feel almost as if you are standing in it. Other ways of exploring the sound include flightseeing and kayaking, both great ways to immerse yourself in the grandeur of the cliffs and waterfalls.
Mitre Peak takes centre stage at Milford Sound and is one of the most photographed peaks in New Zealand. It rises over a mile high and of the water and is shaped like a bishops hat. Towering peaks The Elephant (4,977ft) and The Lion(4,272ft) also rise out of the water but as you can see they’ve got nothing on the Mitre so make sure you take a good look.
Milford Sound simply can’t be missed and we offer a great optional excursion with the choice of a coach transfer or a flight from Queensland – really couldn’t be much easier!