Milford Sound Highway, Milford

Often described as the “eighth wonder of the world”, the jewel in Fiordland’s crown, and one of the New Zealand’s top travel destinations, Milford Sound (Piopiotahi) was carved by glaciers thousands of years ago during the ice ages. Breathtaking in any weather, forest-clad cliffs rise vertically from clear, dark waters, waterfalls cascade downwards into the sea from as high as 1000 metres, and mountain peaks scrape the sky - the most famous being the monumental Mitre Peak which rises 1,700 metres out of the water.

Despite its name, Milford Sound is actually a fiord. It is the only fiord in New Zealand that is accessible by road, with booming tourism leading to the opening of the Homer Tunnel in 1953. Boat cruises are a hugely popular and easy way to experience the Sound. For those more adventurous, there are also opportunities for sea kayaking, diving or flightseeing.

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Last modified
Fri 9 Apr 2021
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