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Fiordland National Park. Katarina S/Shutterstock
Fiordland National Park. Katarina S/Shutterstock
Ferry Trip through Milford Sound. Honey Cloverz
Ferry Trip through Milford Sound. Honey Cloverz
Milford Sound Pier. Honey Cloverz/Shutterstock
Milford Sound Pier. Honey Cloverz/Shutterstock
Milford Sound landscape. Olga Danylenko/Shuttstk
Milford Sound landscape. Olga Danylenko/Shuttstk
Helicopter at Milford Sound. Photo Honey Cloverz
Helicopter at Milford Sound. Photo Honey Cloverz
Fiordland, Milford Sound NZ. Christopher Meder
Fiordland, Milford Sound NZ. Christopher Meder
Ferry, Milford Sound. Iain Urquhart/Shutterstock
Ferry, Milford Sound. Iain Urquhart/Shutterstock
Milford Sound in New Zealand. ChameleonsEye
Milford Sound in New Zealand. ChameleonsEye

Milford Sound Information

Milford Sound is a fiord and Te Wahipounamu world heritage site in the South Island of New Zealand. Best known for its natural beauty and spectacular wildlife, Milford Sound is undeniably one of the top tourist destinations in the world for its beauty and pictures views. Some acclaim Milford Sound their favourite place and top tourist attraction in New Zealand.

Named after Milford Haven in Wales, the sound was originally overlooked by European explorers because of its narrow entry by famous sailing captains such as James Cook who bypassed it until 1812 when John Grono discovered and named it. Today over half a million people visit Milford Sound every year.

The first thing one notices when arriving are the massive fiord cliffs which rise vertically from the dark waters and its mountain peaks that seem to go on forever reaching the sky. Most start their holiday journey with a magical cruise on the Cleddau River which flows into the sound and takes you on a journey to see its two beautiful waterfalls, the Stirling and Lady Bowen Falls.

The wildlife of Milford Sound is so amazing and awesome that it can be hard to put into words. The pristine waters contain a vast array of fish, seals, dolphins and even humpback whales that sometimes are seen swimming up and down the river. On land the birdlife is hard to keep track of and the sound has been recognised by Birdlife international as one of the best breeding sites for the Fiordland penguins. Environmentalist will enjoy a hike through the vast treks in the area an activity not to be missed doing as its well worth the effort.

For other attractions, there is so much on offer it could be hard to fit it all in in just one day. Kayaking, fishing, scenic flights, cruises, diving, and the vast a number tours where does one start? If diving is an activity that scares the living daylights out of you, then there is another way to see the fascinating underwater marine environment and that is by visiting the underwater observatory.

For more holiday information or things to do in Milford sound check out the Milford Sound Travel Website

Picturesque view of Mifford Sound, New Zealand. Photo Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock
Picturesque view of Mifford Sound, New Zealand. Photo Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock
Stirling Falls at Milford Sound, New Zealand. Photo Adwo/Shutterstock
Stirling Falls at Milford Sound, New Zealand. Photo Adwo/Shutterstock