One of the iconic locations in New Zealand, in a country which is full of them is Milford Sound, a spectacular Fjord on the South Island. Mitre Peak is the largest of the summits at 1690 metres, but it has many spectacular mountains along the route.
We decided it was too important to pass by, so we left our hotel in TeAnau, at 5am. so we could take the 9am cruise. It was a wet and misty morning, which only added to the experience.
It’s called Milford Sound, but should more accurately be called Milford Fjord. What’s the difference I hear you ask? Well it’s all to do with how they are formed. A Sound comes from a valley being flooded by water. A Fjord comes from Glacial action where mountains are formed and push against each other and the glacial caps melt. The effect is a very crowded mountainous region, usually in a u shape with deep bodies of water. However the early European settlers didn’t seem to know the difference so the name Milford Sound has stuck.
The boat trip took us right the way out to the Tamsin sea, through some of the most dramatic landscapes imaginable.
There were plenty of waterfalls as you sail through. Here’s a couple.
Despite the cloud, the views were pretty spectacular from every angle and the photos here don’t really do it justice.
Sometimes Dolphins can be seen in the Sound, but we were not so lucky during our visit.
We did see some of the young Seals that hang out here, until they are strong enough to go it alone.
From Milford Sound, we went on to Queenstown, which has an enviable lakeside location. The weather here was considerably brighter and warmer than what we had driven through to get here.
Walking around the town, we were tickled to see this take on the Zebra crossing.