The Milford Sound: Cruising through New Zealand's Fiordland

Milford Sound has to be one of the most magnificent sites on Earth. 

It is a landscape which was carved by glaciers during the last ice age, and one of the most accessible sounds in the world. Due to this, Milford Sound attracts up to 1 million visitors per year.

After all, who wouldn't want to see jagged cliffs rising out of shadowy, still waters.

Trees clinging to the angled rock faces, which all inevitably eventually give way and plummet into the motionless waters below.

Waterfalls cascading down mountain sides, creating the only noise in this otherwise silent expanse.   

Being in the Sounds makes you feel like you need to whisper, as if talking loudly would unsettle the waters and mountains which surround you.

It is a place which evokes a sense of awe.

As you sail through the silent and mysterious waters, at the end, you are greeted by Mitre Peak, a 1692m high mountain which towers over you, the master of the Sounds. 

 

Although it rains here about 300 days a year, the misty showers only adds to the ever elusive feeling of Milford Sound's spectacular setting.

 

Described by Rudyard Kippling as "The 8th wonder of the world" it really is a must see during your time in New Zealand. Whether you travel here by road or air, the Sounds will be patiently awaiting your arrival.


Once you arrive at the water edge then it is a 2 hour cruise through the mysterious mountains, past plummeting waterfalls and sunbathing seals. 

 

Milford Sound really is a New Zealand must do.

 


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