Milford Sound was once described as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ by Rudyard Kipling. It is a true picture of beauty and an absolute must-do if you are visiting Queenstown. Many people visit the sounds on a Day trip from Queenstown and there are plenty of companies that depart from here to whisk you off to Mother Natures playground.
Our favourite company for Milford Sound excursions is Jucy Cruise. Booked, paid for and picked up from wherever you are in Queenstown, the coach will then drive you down towards Fiordland national park. After around a 4 hour trip you will reach one of the world most stunning locations. The coach driver will also school you up on some Maori history and plenty of facts about the landscape and native animals, you will also get regular stops at the Mirror lakesMirror lakes and a pit stop in Te Anau, make sure you stock up on food and drink here as there are no shops or ATM’s when you reach Milford. The Jucy cruise will take you the length of the fiord out the Tasman Sea and back under the spectacle of mountains and waterfalls.
Milford sound was originally carved by glaciers, was a stomping ground for the Maori’s and was missed by Captain James Cook as he sailed past on many occasions. The cliff faces rise vertically from the ocean and the waterfalls sometimes as high as 1000m crash back down, your boat captain will make sure you get a mouthful of that waterfall as he drives his boat close.
No matter the weather here you will have a fantastic experience, when it rains it pours in Milford averaging an annual rainfall of 6,412 mm each year, it has known as the wettest inhabited place in NZ and one of the wettest in the world. You will spend your day soaking in the pure beauty all around you, make sure you pack your camera as this is an experience you will want to remember forever.
Before you board the coach back to Queenstown be sure to grab the best photograph of the day, it may not be the tallest mountain in New Zealand, sitting 1692m above Milford but it is the most popular, right at the gateway to the sound it is essential you get that shot before you depart. Sit back, enjoy the coach ride back to Queenstown and reminisce on all the beauty from your visit. Milford will hold a place dearly in your heart but at least you now have the photo evidence to pine over when you leave!
Author: Sophie Piearcey