Our memory of visiting Milford Sound will always be one of complete and utter awe. The drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound was incredible in itself: a winding long road through beautiful coastal towns, that carves through wild mountains, past fast-flowing crystal clear rivers, and into vast stunning valleys.
We arrived at Milford Sound. The chilly winter air fresh on our faces. Early morning light flickered through surrounding branches. Standing on the waters edge, turning on the spot to see 360 degrees of stunning mountains like diamonds sticking out from the sea. The snowy tops glistened in the winter sun. The only sound came from an enormous waterfall; water rushing over the edge of a nearby mountain into the glassy sea below.
We stepped over the pebbles and sticks that covered the sea shore; stunned by Milford Sound’s natural (ridiculous) beauty with every turn we took. We ended up sitting on the shore, simply looking out across the bay, soaking up the silence and breathing in the beauty.
Milford Sound is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island, within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It has been judged the world’s top travel destination in an international survey (the 2008 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards by TripAdvisor) and holds the proud title of New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination. Milford Sound has in the past been called the eighth Wonder of the World. It’s not difficult to see why.
A simple Google search will direct you to a variety of ways to enjoy the scenery and divine surrounds. Boats also regularly make their way into the stunning bay to treat their guests to natures wonder here. If you’re heading to New Zealand – please, please, put this natural masterpiece on your list.