Getting to Milford Sound is half the fun as the Milford Road is one of the most stunning in New Zealand. If you’re self-driving from Queenstown allow plenty of time for the 4 ½ hour trip because there’s a Kodak moment around almost every corner. Luckily there are plenty of viewpoints along the way, particularly leading up to the magnificent Homer Tunnel.
Milford Sound is actually a fiord created by rivers of glacial ice and flanked by sheer rock faces rising up to waterfalls and awe-inspiring peaks. Once you get past the jaw-dropping scenery and iconic Mitre Peak, you’ll be captivated by the abundance of wildlife including fur seals, rare Fiordland crested penguins and bottlenose dolphins which often play in the bow waves of the cruise boats.
To get a more in-depth look into Milford’s natural history, geology and environment visit New Zealand’s only floating underwater observatory and go 10m underwater into a viewing chamber to see 360-degree views of the rich marine ecosystem featuring many species of fish, starfish, sea anemones and black coral trees. Alternatively, do a kayaking trip or stay overnight on one of the cruise boats.
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