Milford Sound, Te Anau

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Experience New Zealand's untouched wilderness by cruising Milford Sound, a fjord located within a World Heritage Site encompassing four national parks. Moved by the sight of rocky cliffs rising out of perfectly still water, writer Rudyard Kipling once described this fjord as the eighth wonder of the world. Mitre Peak, one of the most photographed mountains on the planet, towers over the sound. Most of the area's half a million annual visitors arrive by one of many bus tours from Queenstown offering easy access to this pristine natural world. Numerous operators also offer flights from Queenstown, drastically reducing transit time and giving you extra time for additional activities that day. If you're staying closer to the national park, you can reach the fjord by hiking a 50 km (31 mi) walking trail starting at Lake Te Anau. Before you head to Te Anau, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Te Anau route website, to make sure you see all that Te Anau has to offer, including Milford Sound.
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  • this would have to be the best thing to do in the south island try and get to Milford Sound ealry morning for the 10.45am departures - less traffic - more car parking and nice to cruise in the morning 
    this would have to be the best thing to do in the south island try and get to Milford Sound ealry morning for the 10.45am departures - less traffic - more car parking and nice to cruise in the morning  more »
  • The journey in through the tunnel was so scenic included seeing a rare parrot. Milford Sound is breathtaking. We ventured out on the Pride of Milford Sound to the Tasmanian Sea. A windy journey in....  more
    The journey in through the tunnel was so scenic included seeing a rare parrot. Milford Sound is breathtaking. We ventured out on the Pride of Milford Sound to the Tasmanian Sea. A windy journey in....  more »
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  • Beautiful views. Must see for anyone visiting the South Island. Despite visiting on a rainy day still enjoyed the experience greatly.
  • Breathtaking sights, so glad we took the trip. The cruise we took offered by “Pure Milford” was amazing with clear commentary and wonderful friendly crew on board. Leave 5 hours for the drive from Queenstown with only a maximum two quick stops due to road works and queues at the tunnel. Recommend doing the stops for the remaining points of interest on the return journey to Te Anau. A cruise or Kayak would be the best option to get up close to the majestic peaks and waterfalls. Rainy day cruise will offer more waterfall sights. Dryer weather which we had only enables viewing of the permanent waterfalls and the temporary ones have just the glacial melting water. It’s beautiful either way

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