"Milford Sound" Fiordland National Park Tip by grets

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand: 23 reviews and 38 photos


Milford Sound, on South Island, is a 22km-long breathtakingly beautiful fjord, flanked by the 1695 metre high Mitre Peak. It was named after Milford Haven in Wales by John Grono, the Welsh captain of a seal ship in the 1820s. In Maori it was known as Piopio-tahi which means 'lone thrush' after a local folk tale.

Milford Sound was created around one million years ago by moving glaciers. About 10,000 yeasr ago the ice melted, creating the Tasman Sea.

The weather is somewhat grey and dull, and it is incredibly cold and windy up on deck. I wish I'd brought my hat, scarves and gloves. We see beautiful waterfalls, sheer mountain sides, seals basking on the rocks and I even briefly glimpse a couple of dolphins by the side of the boat, but am too slow to photograph them.

The best way of enjoying the splendour of Milford Sound, is on one of the many cruises that operate from the wharf. Most of the cruises take in Bowen Falls, Mitre Peak, The Elephant, Anita Bay and Stirling Falls. It is a good idea to book a few days in advance, as the cruises are very popular.

Mitre Peak, at 5550ft is one of the highest mountains to rise straight from the sea.

Directions: Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre, on the lake front at Te Anau.
Phone: 64-3-2498514
Website: http://fiordlandcharters.co.nz

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 20, 2004
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