Milford Sound, Queenstown
MIlford Sound is a must do while in NZ. It is very isolated, so I recommend doing the fly - cruise-fly option from downtown Queenstown. There are 3-4 companies who offer this. It is rather expensive, however does mean that there is not 10 hours wasted sitting on a bus. Also provides the opportunity for amazing photography from the plane.
MIlford Sound is a fjord entering into the West coast of NZ. It is all natural and 100% beauty. It is great in all weather. In the sunshine, its great for photos of fauna/flora however in the rain/storms is when the water features come to life with the extra supplies of water.
A tip is to take your own packed lunch on whichever option you choose, as everything is very expensive in there with the isolation. Also if you are driving, fill your petrol (gas) tank to the max in Te Anau as there is no petrol available until you get back to Te Anau.
Milford Sound is a stunning body of still dark waters from which rise forest covered sheer cliffs to a height of up to 1,692 metres.
The township itself is fairly unimpressive despite the grandeur which surrounds it. There's not much to it except for a cruise terminal and carpark.
It has minimal choice of accommodation and very few restaurants, so most tourists tend to be day visitors.
Milford Sound is either a very long road trip or avery scenic half hour flight from Queenstown.
As Jac and I had booked the 1pm boat ride in Milford Sound at our motel, we had to pace ourselves as it would take us about 5-6 hours drive from Queenstown. We also wanted to leave early so that we can leave the tourist buses in our wake and ensure that the places that we visit are now swamped with tourists as most, if not all of the tourists start their trip from Queenstown.
Actually, as we were leaving, many tour buses went past our motel towards Milford Sound.
Milford Sound is about 5hrs drive from Queenstown. Milford Sound is the famous of all of the fiords and the only one that can be accessed by road.
It is about 16km from the head of the fiord to the open sea. Visitors can comfortably travel the length of the fiord to open ocean.
There are 4 cruise operators which you book yourself on the Milford Sound Cruise. Cruising Milford Sound, Red Boat Cruises, Mitre Peak Cruises and Real Journeys.