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Milford Sound is one of New Zealand's most breathtaking fjords. Described as the 8th Wonder of the World by writer and world traveller Rudyard Kipling, the fjord has impressive cliffs, mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls some as high as 1000 metres. Located on the west coast of the South Island, Milford Sound is one of New Zealand's most famous tourist destinations.

Milford Sound is accessible on a day trip from Te Anau (just under 2.5 hours by car) or Queenstown (just under 5 hours by car). Milford Sound is known as the wettest inhabited place in New Zealand, and probably in the world with an average 182 days of rain a year. Despite its wet environment, Milford Sound remains breathtaking in any weather.

You can experience the astonishing beauty of the fjord in a few different ways: by cruise, kayak, bike, walk or scuba diving.

If you decide to cruise the fjord by boat, day or overnight trips are available. For the most adventurous ones, you can embark on a sea kayaking tour, a scuba diving trip, jump on a helicopter flight or cycle the area at your own pace.

If you love hiking or trekking, you can do the Milford Track in 4 days. The track (53.5km) starts at the top of Lake Te Anau and finishes at Sandfly Point in Milford Sound. The track will take you along valleys carved by glaciers, ancient rainforests and mesmerising waterfalls.

If you love scuba diving, you will be intrigued by the unique underwater environment that lies in the fjord, including the world's largest population of black coral trees - around 7 million! During your dive, you may also encounter dolphins, seals, sharks, eels, stingray, crayfish and over 150 different fish species.

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        Milford Sound: What to do when you get there?

        Milford Sound is one of New Zealand's most breathtaking fjords. Described as the 8th Wonder of the World by writer and world traveller Rudyard Kipling, the fjord has impressive cliffs, mountain peaks and cascading waterfalls some as high as 1000 metres. Located on the west coast of the South Island, Milford Sound is one of New Zealand's most famous tourist destinations.

        Milford Sound is accessible on a day trip from Te Anau (just under 2.5 hours by car) or Queenstown (just under 5 hours by car). Milford Sound is known as the wettest inhabited place in New Zealand, and probably in the world with an average 182 days of rain a year. Despite its wet environment, Milford Sound remains breathtaking in any weather.

        You can experience the astonishing beauty of the fjord in a few different ways: by cruise, kayak, bike, walk or scuba diving.

        If you decide to cruise the fjord by boat, day or overnight trips are available. For the most adventurous ones, you can embark on a sea kayaking tour, a scuba diving trip, jump on a helicopter flight or cycle the area at your own pace.

        If you love hiking or trekking, you can do the Milford Track in 4 days. The track (53.5km) starts at the top of Lake Te Anau and finishes at Sandfly Point in Milford Sound. The track will take you along valleys carved by glaciers, ancient rainforests and mesmerising waterfalls.

        If you love scuba diving, you will be intrigued by the unique underwater environment that lies in the fjord, including the world's largest population of black coral trees - around 7 million! During your dive, you may also encounter dolphins, seals, sharks, eels, stingray, crayfish and over 150 different fish species.

        Photo by Rob Suisted

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