By simply typing “Milford Sound” in a Google image search, one will see photos of seemingly heavily-photoshopped pictures suggesting that it’s quite impossible for this place to be real; like a scene from a forgotten fairytale or a manipulated scene from a movie.
Before you admire the photo-editing skills of those who posted about Milford Sound, you must be aware of one thing, this place is real and most of the pictures you’ll see won’t lie. Though difficult to believe, the Milford Sound is actually this beautiful, and that what you see in the photographs is how it appears to be in real life.
The Milford Sound
The Milford Sound (Piopiotahi), is a fjord located south west of the South Island of New Zealand, 307 km from Queenstown. Some of the things used to describe the grandness of this fjord are: “Justfiably the most famous visitor destination in New Zealand,” (according to the place’s website), “the Eight Wonder of the world” (said writer Rudyard Kipling). These descriptions, as well as its photographs, already shows that this place exudes a breathtaking and inspiring aura that could be pretty difficult to find anywhere else.
This place lies within the Fiordland National Park, which has some of the world’s most scenic lakes, mountains, fjords, waterfalls and rainforests; as well as rich flora and fauna and beautiful and marine life.
Activities at the Milford Sound
A lot of activities are in store for all visitors who wish to visit this place. Some of them are:
Cruises – different companies offer cruises that will take you to the heart of the fjord, a trip that will take you to the most awe-inspiring spots of the Milford Sound NZ. A company called Real Journeys, for instance, offers excursions to visitors of southern New Zealand. Some of their services include daytime cruises (your choice of a nature cruise of a scenic cruise), or overnight cruise, which involves dinner, bed and breakfast, and of course, amazing views of the Milford Sound.
Flights – Milford Sound Scenic Flights, a Civil Aviation Authority-approved operator, offers a flightseeing adventure for those who wish to see the fjords from up above. This form of Milford Sound tour sightseeing will give visitors uninterrupted viewing and even some commentary and interesting information from the pilot and the staff on board.
Overnight accommodation - One of the best ways to fully experience the Milford Sound is by staying in the area overnight. The Milford Sound Lodge assures that visitors will be able to immerse themselves more on the surroundings by offering sights that you could forget to see if you just do a day trip. After hiking and sightseeing in the day, you can rest in the lodge’s Riverside Chalets offering the best views of the river or you could also choose to stay in backpacker-style rooms. There are also available sites for campervans and tents.
Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory – by visiting this place, you will be in for some extraordinary education. This interactive learning experience will give visitors lots of things to learn about the history and geology of the Milford Sound. Another special activity in store for visitors here is the underwater trip that will allow you to see the rare and beautiful marine life.
There are lots more in store in this place, which has captured the hearts of many. Being here is like being in a whole different world, so make sure you bring your camera to document all the things that it has to offer. Its beauty will definitely leave you— and the ones who will be viewing your photos—in complete awe. And no, your pictures won’t lie.