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Milford Sound, the most spectacular fjord in New Zealand

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Milford Sound is not only one of the most spectacular fjords in New Zealand, but also one of the most visited and easy to travel. Just as the Doubtful Sound fjord is more hidden and difficult to reach, Milford Sound, although it seems an adventure to reach it, is one of the most accessible when there is no snow and we are talking about the New Zealand summer, from November / December to February / March. We visited it at the beginning of December, in a motorhome and wanting to see one of the most magical places in New Zealand.

Our experience at Mildford Sound

Before leaving

The Milford Sound fjord is located on the south side of the South Island, the largest and most unpopulated island in this spectacular country. We knew in advance that watching Milford Sound on a sunny day is only for lucky and very lucky people, something we unfortunately lack :). Practically the 95% of the days in Milford Sound are rainy, as we talk about one of the areas with the highest rainfall in all of New Zealand. Regardless of this particularity this does not have to be a problem, because the experience has to pay around € 120, which is what the boat costs and the adventure in Kayak (optional), it is worth it.

It is important if you visit New Zealand in high season that you book certain excursions with time, since although it seems a lie the few places and the agglomeration in certain places means that you can reach a place after traveling 300km and stay in the street. Therefore, for the Milford Sound tour Buy tickets online now.

Arriving at Milford Sound

We spend the night in Anau te, a small town next to a huge lake of the same name. We had dinner at an American-style restaurant where a charming Chilean, Chilean who told us anecdotes of the type attended us ... everyone here has a boat, people prioritize their free time to work, etc ... and the best, when she did the interview To be able to work in New Zealand, one of the things that they valued most was their life outside of work, something that they say, and they are right, makes you more productive. Happy in your free time equals productive people.


Te Anau Lake
Map to Milford Sound

One of the tips that the Chilean gave us in the face of Milford Sound was thatrefuel before to get to Milford Sound, since there is no gas station until the fjord. The distance between Te Anau and Milford Sound are 118km. In addition, reaching the fjord is a dead end road, so once you see the fjord you have to turn around and return to Te Anau.


On the way to Milford Sound
On the way to Milford Sound

A fascinating day, a rainy day

Luckily we had booked in advance, since when we arrived at the fjord the port was full of motorhomes. We parked about 500m from the port and when we arrived at the ticket office we saw the schedules that were available. Luckily, with the reservation we had no problems, but there were people who had to wait one day to get tickets. With the tickets in hand we wait for the boat, an imposing ferry With two floors. At that time we had the faith that the weather would improve, since since we approached the fjord the rain and fog He made an appearance.


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Milford sound

A round trip route

In the end we lost faith and we were clear that it was not going to stop raining, so we had to make a decision. Inside and contemplate the fjord from a window or outside, on deck, with an annoying wind and a challenging rain. If you are at the “end of the world” and you don't usually visit it, why not get a little wet? Well, although it rained to enjoy the hundreds of waterfalls that fall on the fjord make the cold and humidity forget you. Milford Sound is a show, because sometimes so much water falls from the mountain that do you think the mountain itself is a waterfall.


Milford sound
Milford sound

Much of the crossing, round trip, was on deck or inside, because we dropped so much water that it was almost impossible to be up. As an anecdote in New Zealand it is mandatory that there is always a person on deck, even if the universal flood falls, which shocked me a lot since I was only up next to part of the crew holding the downpour, and of course, I asked the person who I had to go outside when I could be inside ... The reason was me, if there is a tourist, I have to be. I didn't know who he had run into :).

The experience with the kayak

Already back to the port we had previously hired a Kayak tour of the fjord, so the ship stopped halfway in an idyllic place.

In that place there was a small port in the middle of nowhere, in the Mouth of a river where the guide told us we could drink from him. The water was not only pure, it was super crystalline. Imagine that in Spain!


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Kayak in Milford Sound

We hired an excursion in kayak that in the end it made us a little short and the truth, we had a little cold. The rain stopped a little, but the humidity was such that our body resented. In the global of this little adventure we can say that it was fantastic, since this place is not only wild, it is simply spectacular. More than recommended.


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Seals in Milford Sound

We recommend that you read the article “Crazy activities to do in New Zealand”

Book Milford Sound tour

We recommend that you book the Milford Sound excursion in advance, since in high season you can stay on land and have to wait at least one day for seats in one of the ferries.

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