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Milford Sound

Overview

Location - South Island, New Zealand

Area - 25 sq km

Nearest Airport - Milford Sound Airport

How to reach -  Via flight or via bus

Famous for -  Rainforests and waterfalls

Months Open -  Throughout the year

Best Time to visit - November to March and June to August



Introduction

Milford Sound is situated in Fiordland National Park, southwest of New Zealand's South Island. The park becomes part of Te Wahipounamu, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Milford Sound is the gem of Fiordland National Park - a covert secret waiting to be discovered. Regardless of its name, Milford Sound is a fiord. It is also the only fiord in New Zealand that is accessible by roadway. It is bound by steep high cliffs as well as the dense jungle. Rain or shine, Milford Sound always mesmerize the visitors with its attractive surroundings, ink-dark waters, gushing waterfalls as well as fascinating sights. Defined by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth marvel of the world', Milford Sound was sculpted by glaciers during the glacial period. Impressive in any type of climate, the dark waters at the bottom and the mountain peaks touching the sky provides a spectacular view.




What to see

Lake Te Anau, Bowen falls, nature cruise, wildlife




Details

DETAILS

 

Milford Track

Around 100 years earlier, in a post that appeared in the London Viewer, the poet Blanche Baughan stated the Milford Track to be 'the finest stroll on the planet'. Perhaps New Zealand's most popular stroll, the 53-kilometer journey begins from Lake Te Anau and leads you to walk over suspension bridges, boardwalks, and a hill pass. The Milford trail is surrounded by pristine lakes, sky-scraping hilltops, valley sights; breathtakingly beautiful Sutherland Falls which is the highest waterfall in New Zealand. On a bright day, it looks picturesque and when it rains the gushes water flowing down from the steep mountainsides, gives a magical experience of the Milford Track.

 

 

 

Lake Te Anau

Lake Te Anau is the biggest of the southern glacial lakes, covering an area of 344 square kilometers. The main body of the lake runs north-south, and also three big fiords connect from its western side - these arms are called North Fiord, Center Fiord, and South Fiord. It is surrounded by mountains and dense forest areas on the west with the Kepler and Murchison at the height of 1700 meters above water level. A lot of Lake Te Anau is within the borders of Fiordland National forest and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage website. You can also visit the Te Ana-a glow-worm caverns, which are geologically energetic. To see some of the endangered species of birds go to the regional wildlife center and spot takahe, weka, parakeets, tui, kea, kaka and timber pigeons. 

 

Kayaking in Milford Sound

Kayaking offers paddlers a remarkable possibility to see the area's amazing fjords and discover untouched rivers and lakes. Paddle up near the rumbling Sutherland Falls, which is the highest waterfall in worldwide. Visitors can also spot dolphins, seals, and Fjordland crested penguins. For the real adventure try out overnight kayaking in Doubtful Sound.

 

Watercraft Cruise ship

You can witness the high cliffs above the deep blue water and fur seals sunbathing on rocks. Take a boat cruise ship to the Bowen Falls which are 160m high or the Stirling Falls, which cascade into the fjord. Some watercraft have undersea observatories to take scenic photographs. Keep eye on penguins and dolphins, in addition to whales who visit the coves occasionally.

 

 Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve

The name, Piopiotahi, means 'one native yeast infection'. The piopio (currently thought to be extinct) was a ground-feeding bird that decreased swiftly after the intro of animal predators such as stoats and rats. It extends 16 km in length and covers a location of 690 hectares. The marine ecology includes deep muddy cove, with a large area of deep coral reef and also a small area of the exterior rock wall along the shore. There is an exceptionally steep rock-wall on the inner northside of Milford Sound which is inhabited by delicate deepwater invertebrates. These creatures live on the rock wall surface consists of tubeworms, sponges, soft corals, colonial sea squirts, black coral reefs, and polyps. On the Tasman, sea divers can spot the butterfly perch, hundreds of rock lobster as well as various coral reef fish. Octopus, stingrays, seals, as well as the occasional bottlenose dolphin, also live in these waters.

 

 

 

How to get to Milford Sound

One of the most common starting points for visitors wishing to fly to Milford Sound is Queenstown. The Milford Sound flight will take you on a scenic journey over lakes, mountains, and valleys. During flight journey enjoy the view of dense rainforest, extraordinary waterfalls roll and gush down the cliffs, and the fiord bent on where it joins the Tasman Sea. 




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