Milford Sound, Te Anau

#1 of 122 in Nature in South Island
Must see · Water Body · Nature / Park
Experience New Zealand's untouched wilderness by cruising Milford Sound, a fjord located within a World Heritage Site encompassing four national parks. Moved by the sight of rocky cliffs rising out of perfectly still water, writer Rudyard Kipling once described this fjord as the eighth wonder of the world. Mitre Peak, one of the most photographed mountains on the planet, towers over the sound. Most of the area's half a million annual visitors arrive by one of many bus tours from Queenstown offering easy access to this pristine natural world. Numerous operators also offer flights from Queenstown, drastically reducing transit time and giving you extra time for additional activities that day. If you're staying closer to the national park, you can reach the fjord by hiking a 50 km (31 mi) walking trail starting at Lake Te Anau. Before you head to Te Anau, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Te Anau route website, to make sure you see all that Te Anau has to offer, including Milford Sound.
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  • This review is just for those thinking of self-driving to Milford from Te Anau rather than taking a bus tour - do it! This is our third visit here (last was 15 years ago) and the first time...  more »
  • Words cannot really describe the awesome scenery you will encounter here. We visited late June during some very wet weather which created some amazing waterfalls. We used Southern Discoveries for the....  more »
  • Rainy weather brings its own style to Milford sound
  • Paradise on earth. The journey there is as good as the destination. BEWARE and keep an eye on the avalanche updates website as the roads can close if there is an avalanche risk. This means you can either be locked in or out of the one road to and from Milford Sound.

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