Today you'll visit Milford Sound on a day trip from Te Anau. Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages and is breathtaking in any weather. Dramatic cliffs rise vertically from the inky black water and mountain peaks scrape the sky.
A boat cruise or scenic flight - or both - is the perfect way to truly appreciate the beauty of this place. Boat cruises often include a coach from Te Anau, and some include kayaking. Look out for the pods of dolphins, seals and penguins who call the waters of Milford Sound home.
Caution: If you choose to self-drive, be sure to give yourself plenty of time as conditions can vary greatly on this route, particularly in winter.