Milford Sound: A Journey into the ‘8th Wonder of the World’ 01:48 PM on Wed 09 Apr 2014

Named the “8th Wonder of the World” Milford Sound is an absolute must do in New Zealand. Kiwi Experience operate a day tour ‘Milford Explorer’ from Queenstown.

An early start, 8:00am, as we began our adventure towards Milford Sound. Our driver gave us a brief on the day ahead and urged that we make friends with the fellow travellers seated beside us. As we departed Queenstown, we took the scenic road along Lake Wakatipu. Our guide was full of interesting information. Did you know that Milford Sound once received London’s annual rainfall in the space of 24 hours?

Soon we reached the lake side town of Te Anau, at the very foot of Fiordland National Park: New Zealand’s largest national park. Te Anau is a popular destination for keen trampers and is the starting point of the infamous Kepler Track: a 60km walking trail that explores the Fiords. Kiwi Experience offer a hop on hop off option for those keen to spend a few days exploring the off beaten track.

After a quick snack and toilet break, we left Te Anau and made our way into the native beech rainforest of the Fiordland National Park. A Fiord is shaped by a glacier and the lakes that occupy this stunning region were formed during the ice ages in New Zealand. We visited the mirror lakes which were absolutely stunning and reflected the misty mountains surrounded them.

Our driver continued to entertain us with his singing and interesting facts before stopping at Eglington Valley for some fantastic photo opportunities. We then ventured through the historic man made tunnel before continuing along what has been called the most scenic drives in the world.

We then reached the wharf ready for the 2 hour boat cruise through Milford Sound. Lunch was provided as well as free tea and coffee. As the boat departed we were all absolutely blown away by the mountainous peaks surrounded us: some snow capped, others home to cascading waterfalls and seal colonies. The water was almost a dark green due to the greenstone in the region. We ran from side to side unsure what to take a photo of next. Regardless of the thousands of snaps taken onboard, no photos gave justice to the 360 degrees of absolute beauty surrounding us.

Soon the sound opened to the Tasman Sea: we were staring into the abyss. On the way back the driver continued to provide commentary, driving us to the foot of a waterfall and directing us to a pod of dolphins close by. The cruise was absolutely amazing and the drive into Milford Sound really made you feel like you were in the middle of nowhere.

We arrived back at our accommodation at about 7:45pm. Milford Sound and the journey into Fiordland National Park should be on everyone’s bucket list – absolutely stunning! For something a little bit different, you can also arrange a scenic flight back from the Milford Sound Cruise which can be arranged onboard with the Kiwi Experience driver. Keen to explore more of New Zealand? Take a 3 Day Kiwi Experience Bottom Bus tour and add Dunedin & the southern coast of NZ to the experience.

For more information on Milford Sound activities, email info@stayatbase.com

Tags: New Zealand , Queenstown , Kiwi Experience

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