Milford Sound was described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world'. Spectacular glaciated mountains rise sheer from the fiord, their snow-tipped peaks soar overhead while waterfalls cascade hundreds, sometimes thousands, of metres into the sea. Ancient rainforests cling to the rugged cliffs, and dolphins, seals and penguins play in the waters below. Milford Sound is a great opportunity to get close to the geography and wildlife that has earned Fiordland its World Heritage status.
Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Milford Sound is breathtaking in any weather. The fiord's cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards, some as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect. Wet or fine, Milford Sound is incredibly grand.
There are three ways into Milford; by road, plane or on foot, and each provide a different and equally memorable experience of Fiordland National Park. There are plenty of tour operators providing travel to Milford, or you can take your own time and drive yourself. The Milford Road is a stunning alpine drive. Visitors need to allow plenty of time to make the drive if travelling independently as this is a steep and windy highway. Numerous viewing points and short walking opportunities en route, provide a chance to get out of the car and drink in the spectacular scenery and the sheer scale of the landscape.
No visitor to Milford Sound should miss the opportunity to cruise on the fiord. A number of launches leave the wharf regularly. Trips range from short to overnight cruises in a range of vessels from small boats with limited numbers to larger luxury vessels serving excellent local fare.
During your cruise visit the Underwater Observatory. A natural phenomenon in the fiord allows personal views of spectacular and dramatic deep sea marine life. The observatory is situated in Harrison Cove, the fiord’s only natural anchorage, used by early sealers and whalers.
If you enjoy hiking or trekking, the Milford Track is for you. The track begins at the northern end of Lake Te Anau and winds its way through some of the world’s most vivid wilderness. Your journey ends with a boat trip from Sandfly Point to the Milford Sound wharf.