If you're planning a visit to Queenstown it is essential you factor in a visit to one of New Zealand's greatest natural wonders - the awe-inspiring and beautiful Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park.
Actually a fiord, Milford Sound was carved by glaciers thousands of years ago to create the stunning mountainous cliffs that plung dramatically from thousands of feet high down to the ocean floor. Glistening waterfalls and hanging rainforests shroud the Milford Sound mountains.
Centre stage is iconic Mitre Peak - one of the most photographed mountains in New Zealand - rising over a mile high out of the water and shaped like a bishops hat. Towering peaks The Elelphant (4,977 ft) and The Lion (4,272 ft) also rise out of the water.
Cruising by boat on Milford Sound is an amazing way to experience the grand scale and dramatic beauty of the place. Passing so close to waterfalls you can feel the mist on your face as you arch your neck to appreciate the mountains towering above you.
A cruise is also the perfect way to observe the rare and fascinating wildlife that inhabit Milford Sound.
Dolphins often play in the bow wave and seals, fur seals, sea lions and penguins can be seen lounging on rocks or swimming nearby while a myriad of native birds can be seen soaring overhead.
If you don't want to drive yourself to Milford Sound there are a number of great Milford Sound day trip options ex Queenstown by coach, plane or helicopter.
If you plan on driving to Milford Sound allow 5 hours drive time from Queenstown so that you can enjoy the drive with plenty of scenic stops along the way.
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