Magical Milford Sound!! The most stunning landscapes and views ever. A place that is claimed as the crown of New Zealand. A photographer’s paradise; a lonely traveler’s oasis, a couple’s romantic haven. The views here are breath-taking, the water here is pristine and the wildlife seen here is rare. I can sing praises throughout but it would still be incomplete unless you experience it on your own to believe it. I feel so happy that we had made it visiting Milford Sound. We, as a family went on a cruise to this amazing land.
There are many ways to see Milford Sound. Cruising, kayaking and flying over in a helicopter are the three main ways to see Milford Sound. Cruising is the most opted choice while the other two options give an one-on-one experience. Differences modes of seeing Milford gives you a new perspective of this wonderland. It all depends on time, money and what you wish to do.
To all those wish to know what Milford Sound is, it is one of the many fjords (Kiwis call it as Fiord) located in the Fiordland National Park, New Zealand. Fiord is nothing but a long, narrow deep inlet of the sea between the mountain cliffs. There is no wonder that Milford Sound is called as the “8th wonder of the world”. And now I know the reason why it is called so. It was a such a breath-taking moment to sail in the water pavement between the high clustered mountains that leads to the Tasman sea along with the unique wild life.
On my birthday, the first day of the Christmas month, the first day of official summer in New Zealand, I was lucky enough to visit the most beautiful place in New Zealand – The Magical Milford Sound. There is no better way to celebrate birthday. Feeling special on a special day in a special place is a divine feeling by itself. I take pride in ticking off one of the top priority checklist on my bucket list. Thanks to hubby, for making it special.
The cruise started over one side of the high cliffs and ended over the other side while meeting up with the Tasman sea making an inverted U shaped sail over water. It was a closer encounter with every creature on both sides of the fiord. How closer do they get to waterfalls? Much closer. In fact, they will get you right under the falls. Getting drenched in one of the permanent water falls is an experience and a moment to cherish.
Milford sound receives the most rainfall in New Zealand. Raining about 180 days in a year recording an average 6.8 meters of rainfall, it is one of the wettest places on earth. When it rains, it denotes the making of hundreds of temporary water falls. They say, even if it rains it is a beautiful sight to watch over innumerable water falls from the cliffs and mountains into the deep inlet which flows towards the open sea.
Unique wildlife of Milford Sound
A couple of hours of close journey piercing the water through the mountains that hosts innumerable falls and water stream where penguins swim in and seals take rest on the rock shores. I have only seen the over-sized penguins in Nat Geo. Haven’t really seen or heard about these duck like small penguins ever. What an experience it was!! Spotting these rare penguins unique to New Zealand was a treat. Truly have never been to such a wonderland before.
The lazy seals were resting in the sun on the rocks. There were many seals small and big on both sides of the water ways.
Milford sound journey is a trip of a life time. If you are in New Zealand, it is a must. For people in other parts of the world, it is highly worth to visit this amazing place once in your lifetime. The cool breeze, sinless air, pure glacier water, the stunning landscapes and the unique wildlife; all in one place. The views are high worthy. Now, you know the reason why Milford Sound is called as the 8th wonder of the world. No photo or video can do justice portraying the real scene of Milford sound. You got to be there to believe it. See it yourself and know it!!