Milford Sound Scenic Trips
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
“Highlights galore await you on a Milford Sound scenic trip.”
Milford Sound scenic trips offer visitors a wonderful opportunity to explore one of the more-accessible fiords of New Zealand’s remote southwest corner.
- Mitre Peak – The iconic shot of Milford Sound is undoubtedly that of Mitre Peak, recognisable throughout New Zealand for its shape – that of a bishop’s mitre. Mitre Peak is a closely grouped set of five peaks rather than one as its name suggests and is a highly dramatic landmark, whether covered in snow, cloud or rain.
- Water and waterfalls – Although flying into Milford Sound is sometimes impossible due to heavy rain and cloud cover, the cascades of water (for which Milford is famous) really do add to the drama of the its waterfalls, sheer cliffs and hanging valleys. With an average of 7 metres of rainfall a year, Milford Sound is the wettest place in New Zealand. You can take in Milford Sound’s unique atmosphere on scenic trips either in sunshine or in rain – each day is as dramatic as the next.
- Marine life – Called the eighth wonder of the world by Rudyard Kipling, a keen traveller and outdoors enthusiast, Milford Sounds offers visitors the opportunity to see seals, penguins and dolphins in their natural habitat.
- Scenery en route – Taking in an appreciation of the wonderful scenery en route to Milford by both air and by road is highly recommended. The famous Homer tunnel is a magnificent feat of engineering and its stony walls offer entry into another world, a world of lush, green rain-forested canyons.
It might be the wettest place in New Zealand, but it’s also the most scenic and worthy of a trip.