Exploring Milford Sound – Awesome Fiordland, New Zealand

Back in February 2014, I had the immense pleasure of spending a night and 2 days at Milford Sound (in the south-west of New Zealand’s Southern Island), and enjoyed clear blue skies throughout. On arrival I went out on a 2hour boat tour, which took us up close to some huge waterfalls and out to the Tasman Sea. I stayed out late and got up before dawn to make the most of the photographic opportunities. The second day climaxed with a helicopter ride between the mountain peaks, over snowy ridges and onto a glacier! It was my first ever helicopter ride and I can’t think of a much better place to have done it! I can only describe the experience as ‘awesome’! Much better value for money than if I’d spent it on a bungee jump, I concluded.

Although Milford is called a Sound, it’s actually a Fiord (for a fiord is a glacial carved valley which has been submerged by the sea, whereas a Sound is a valley carved by a river and then submerged by the sea – e.g. the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the south island).

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The journey back to Queenstown was 4hours on the coach, but the views along the way were well worth staying awake for!

See the full set of images in my travel gallery.