Milford Sound Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 75%Adventure Travelers
- 75%Family Travelers
- 74%Local Culture
- 51%Green Travelers
- 51%Luxury Travelers
Member Reviews (33)
- Milford SoundMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 3Jan 01, 2014
Scenic and serene with an occasional waterfall to make things interesting. The fjords in Milford Sound is stunning! The best way to see it is of course by waterways.
When we went, we took a locally run cruise tour. While it was a relaxing ride and informative, I cannot help but think the damage all these tourist cruises might be doing to the nature beautiful of the sound. If I were to do this all over again, I would explore it by kayak, that would make for a even more memorable experience, I am sure.
- Milford SoundOct 21, 2013
Milford Sound is one of THE iconic New Zealand landscapes. You'll see it on posters, the cover of travel guides and all over the internet. Just because you think you've seen it, doesn't mean you should skip it! This outstanding natural phenomenon is one of the most aesthetic places I've ever been - and I specialize in beautiful places!
- Milford SoundMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Aug 25, 2013
i did the cruise and the day bus tour...it was so wonderful to feel Center-Earth...but also the sandflies...so stay on the water! see the Dolphins and birds. it is really a magical place
- Milford SoundAmbassadorMember ofStudentsBackpackersMay 07, 2013
They say it's the most beautiful place on the planet.
Mysterious, mystical, and stunningly gorgeous without even trying to be, the misnamed Milford Sound (technically, it's a fjord) is one of Earth's natural wonders.
Rugged cliffs rise dramatically out of dark, cold waters, while a cast of marine life including dolphins, seals, and penguins call it home. Rain creates frequent waterfalls that wash sediment off the cliff sides down into the seawater, creating a thick layer of fresh water and organic matter that sits atop the salt water. Despite frequent tours and throngs of awestruck visitors, the presence of humanity is dwarfed by the majesty of the cliffs - including the starring lead, Mitre Peak, which juts 1,692 meters (5,550 feet) into the sky.
Take a boat cruise out onto the deep, dark water and ponder the mysteries of this untouched paradise. It's sure to be a place you'll remember the rest of your life.
- Milford SoundDec 19, 2012
Milford Sound is much better to see in person because it is truly breath taking. Milford Sound should be known as Milford Fjord as the difference between Fjord and Sound is that Fjord is valley carved by the glaciers and Sounds is valley carved by rivers. I must say that getting to Milford Fjord is as much as the highlight as arriving there. Our day tour to Milford Fjord was facilitated by Southern Discoveries and started at 7:05am from Queenstown and finished at around 7:45pm. The journey to Milford Fjord took around 4hrs with many beautiful stop overs along the way by coach with glass ceiling. We journeyed through miles and miles of lush farmland, through to Lake Te Anau, Fiordland National Park, many Gorges, Mirror Lakes and waterfall lookouts. The driver is very knowledgeable and entertaining and ensured that we didn't miss anything. When we arrived at the Milford Sound discovery centre our cruise, Lady Bowen was waiting for us. The cruise only had the capacity of 90 people where in comparison other boats had a capacity of several hundred meaning that the experience would be more crowded and tense. We had the wonderful opportunity of seeing the Stirling Falls, Lady Bowen falls, lots of seal colonies and drinking fresh water from the falls. The sailing crew were very accommodating ensuring that our cruise was fun. We also opted for a Bento lunch with hot tea and miso soup which was perfect for the cold windy day. We were lucky again because the weather was mild and was not raining nor foggy so we were able to see the entire viewscape.
- Milford SoundNov 19, 2012
The BEST great walk in New Zealand, the BEST walk is the 3-day Milford track up the Clinton River and down to Milford Sound. But you have to reserve your place well in advance (~3 months ahead in the busy season) and pray for rainless days. The track features everything from lush flowering meadows to rainforest to alpine passes as well as two to the most impressive waterfalls in South Island. A must when in South Island
- Milford SoundMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBackpackersAug 16, 2012
This is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. I took an overnight cruise here and every sight was a sight to see. There were beautiful still water, blue skies, lush green surroundings, and majestic waterfalls. We also took some time to do a little kayaking. This was a great experience and not one to be missed!
- Milford SoundJul 05, 2012
I was here twice on 2002 and 2010. on 2002 took the cruise and 2010 i did a kayak trek along the sound. in both cases there was have fog that didn't prevent me to see that this is one of the most amazing a Beautiful place on the planet.
the reason why there is not a lot of people there is because the huge(huge huge) amount of sand fly that cover you by the thousands and eat you alive.
on start down just because of the sand fly(it took me 6 month to get all the signs off my body)
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