Milford Sound is a fiord situated in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. Milford Sound is known for its breathtaking 360 degree views and world renowned natural wonder. Milford, a fiord, not actually a sound, is known for towering Mitre Peak, plus rainforests and waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen falls, which plummet down its sheer sides. The fiord is home to fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins.
One of the best ways to see Milford Sound is to take a boat tour. This gets you out on the water and up close and personal within the waterfalls and a full view of the sound. And, if you take a boat tour, you get to see one of the most beautiful scenic drives to get there.
Rain or shine, this is a must-do. We went on a cloudy day with slight rain and were able to pick out even more waterfalls throughout the sound. Our boat put us right under one of the most famous water falls in the Fiord, which was extremely fun and very, very wet. Not only that, but we were able to pull up close to see three fur seals puffing their chests high to the sky to look more masculine, much like you see men do at bars. And, we were lucky enough to spot a few penguins waddling around on the rocks near the shore break.
If you’re in New Zealand on the South Island, don’t miss this. Yes, it is a boat tour, but I promise, it is well worth it.
Millennials: There is no service or wifi once you pass the town of Te Anau to Milford Sound. Milford Sound, although an extremely popular and well-worth it tourist attraction is not a town. There is the area where the ships port, a cafe, and a two-pump gas station.