The steady waves beat against the side of the boat. It was a perfect sunny day in Milford Sound. Not a cloud hovered in the sky, and the sun felt warm and comforting after a week of cold in the South Island. Being one of the rainiest places in the world, I crossed my fingers that my luck would hold out in Milford Sound. It did. COASTING THROUGH MILFORD SOUND
Milford Sound rests on the edge of Fiordland National Park in the South Island of New Zealand. It is World Heritage Site and considered one of the top wanders of the world. This is for a good reason! The majestic rocky cliffs crash into the sea, the rocky coast is home to penguins and the waterfalls transport you to a magical land. I was incredibly lucky to see a penguin that day, because it is a rare sighting.
As isolated as this place is you have only a few options to discover this magical park. I took a one day tour from Queenstown that included the bus drive and the boat ride. It was the best experience for me, because I could relax and look out the window at magical sights. Our bus driver was a true Kiwi and raved about the beauty of New Zealand. When we stopped for pictures in Fiordland National Park, she took the ten minutes to walk the area and pick up trash. It was touching to see someone with such love for her country. You can take a tour like this through Real Journeys or Jucy tours.
It is possible to drive to the national park yourself, but don’t expect many towns and rest stops on the way. The drive will take you past incredible views that seemed to have jumped out of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Our bus driver was kind enough to play the soundtrack, so we actually felt like we entered Middle Earth.
Every stop is breathtaking and Fiordland National Park can be enjoyed for a whole extra day in addition to Milford Sound. There is just so much to see. New Zealand is full of magical sights such as these. If you’ve been to New Zealand, what is your favorite location?
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