The Majesty of the Eighth Wonder of the World, New Zealand’s Milford Sound

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The peaks of Milford Sound, New Zealand

The peaks of Milford Sound, New Zealand

So gorgeous is New Zealand’s Milford Sound that British writer Rudyard Kipling once called it the “eighth wonder of the world.” The dark brooding waters, rocky cliffs, and lush forests of this photogenic area inspire around half a million tourists to visit this spot on New Zealand’s South Island every year.

Milford Sound is the crown of Fiordland National Park. A cruise with an operator such as Scenic Pacific or Real Journeys is one of the best ways to see the region. During a day trip, or a longer overnight journey, guests can see the area’s marine animals, including seals and dolphins, and awe-inspiring natural features.

Mitre Peak is particularly imposing, rising 1692 meters skyward, and the cascading waterfalls are stunning after showers. With Milford Sound receiving seven meters of rain on average each year, these falls rarely disappoint!

The cost of many tours includes coach transfers to the cruise wharf. However the region is also accessible on foot via Milford Track, and it’s a short drive from Te Anau. Many tourists use this lakeside area as a base for their Milford Sound journey, as the township of Milford has few facilities for travelers.

Most tourists visit Milford Sound during the summer months of January and February, so if you prefer to avoid the crowds consider traveling once the weather cools. Just remember to pack a warm, waterproof jacket if you do!

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