Milford Sound, New Zealand

[ 0 ] June 4, 2012 |

Milford Sound was the highlight of New Zealand for me.  Taking a trip to the sound is almost a two for one journey – half the beauty and experience is the drive to and from the sound and the other half is a boat cruise around the sound’s waters.  Word of advice – check the weather and make sure to go on a drizzly day!  And with an average 182 rainy days a year, it shouldn’t be too hard to find one.  I know a rainy day boat cruise sounds crazy, but we followed the same advice and our experience was, as Kiwi’s would say, “good as gold”.

The Milford Sound

With the aid of a little drizzle, the entire fjord land comes alive.  Waterfalls begin bursting from every crack and orifice found on the sheer rock walls lining the road to Milford Sound.  It’s a magical scene that you can only pinch yourself to know your not actually dreaming.

Al Enjoying the Grassy Plains on the Way to Milford Sound

Field of Dreams - View on the way to Milford Sound

View From the Road on the Way to Milford Sound

Water Gushing From EVERYWHERE

Another Video of An Amazing Waterfall that disappears into the Mountain:

Starting at Te Anau, it’s about an hour and a half drive with an additional 30-minute wait at the mountain pass (road through the mountain just before the sound).

Milford Sound Mountain Pass

View from the Entrance to the Milford Sound Mountain Pass

More Views from the Entrance to the Milford Sound Mountain Pass

Here is a short video of the waterfalls flanking the road on the way to Milford Sound:

There are quite a few tour boat operators running tours on the sound.  The big three are: Real Journeys, Southern Discoveries, and Jucy Cruise.  Jucy Cruize (the old Cruize Milford) is by far the cheapest option and to no surprise that is the tour we went with.

The "Jucy Cruize" Boat

The cruise is around two hours.  It starts by taking you along the southern shore all the way out to where the sound waters meet the Tasman Sea and then back down the northern side back to the port.

Waterfall in Milford Sound

View of the Milford Sound

Boatside View

Quadruple Waterfall!

Did I mention there were waterfalls?

Video of one of the many amazing Mildford Sound Scenic Waterfalls:

The Jucy boat is smaller than the others touring the sound.  However, what it lacks in stature it makes up for in agility.  Being a smaller boat it’s able to snug the shoreline so tight at one point that it’s able to dip its nose into the face of one of the larger waterfalls cascading down the north face of the sound.   Since it’s not every day that you are on a boat that willingly takes a nosedive into a waterfall, Al and I jumped at the opportunity to be little reckless and headed to the boats bow.  Doing our best Titanic impersonation, we held on to the boats forward pulpit with dear life as the boat grazed the waterfall soaking us from head to toe.

Inside the Waterfall

Inside the Waterfall

Inside the Waterfall

Inside the Waterfall

All in all, Milford Sound is one of my favorite places on this planet in terms of natural beauty.  Do yourself a favor and make sure to put it on your bucket list.

Milford Sound Official Web Site: http://milford-sound.co.nz/

 

 

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