Milford Sound

After driving for three days and enjoying the charms of rural New Zealand, we headed West for our first big attraction, Milford Sound. Using a 2 for 1 coupon that came with our car rental, we were able to afford a boat tour, which would have been worth it even at twice the price.

To get to Milford Sound you have to travel down a road from Te Anau which is often closed in winter due to avalanches and poor road conditions. We left 4 hours early for a two hour drive, just in case. As it turned out the road was fine and we didn’t even have to use tire chains. Not only was the road fine, but it was absolutely beautiful, as much of an attraction as Milford itself. There are plenty of small hikes and campsites available along the road. The only scary bit was the 1.3km Homer Tunnel which goes through a mountain at a steep angle and whose walls are covered in ice. Barely wide enough for two cars, there are special passing bays for the tourist buses. It was terrifying.

The sound, which is technically a fjord, is over 15 km long and surrounded by steep cliffs. The boat tour makes stops to see waterfalls and other areas of interest, including in our case, a small detour to see a penguin. It was an amazing experience and I can’t recommend it highly enough.How to: we booked our boat tour with Real Journeys in Te Anau, and it normally costs ~$80 per person depending on the season. You can also get a combination tour which includes a bus from Te Anau or Christchurch.

 

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One Response to Milford Sound

  1. tanya says:

    heather i know i haven’t commented in a while but just wanted to say these pictures are stunning! glad you are getting to see such amazing places! let’s talk soon 🙂

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