Today, more and more tourists and travelers are abandoning standard beach holidays in favor of unique places far from well-known tourist routes. Such a holiday has many advantages, as few people still know about these places, and consequently, there are no numerous queues and crowds of tourists. That is why holidays in New Zealand in recent years, is increasingly gaining popularity, especially in Milford Sound. Here you will find real peace among snow-capped mountains, green forests and waterfalls, wide valleys and rich fauna.
How to get to Milford Sound
Milford Sound is rightfully considered one of the most beautiful places in the world, but getting here will not be easy due to its remoteness. Milford Sound can be reached from Dunedin by ferryboat, which also runs from Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington. However, it is long and expensive. Even more expensive will go to Milford Sound on a light aircraft or helicopter.
The best option is to travel by car along the Milford Road mountain road. The journey takes about 3-3.5 hours, but along the way, you will see very picturesque landscapes.
Information about Milford Sound
Milford Sound is not only a picturesque bay, but also a glacial fjord, which is part of the Fiordland National Park in New Zealand. The depth of the bay at the maximum point is more than 500 meters. On three sides of the bay are steep cliffs with snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and greenery. The fauna of the bay is very diverse: a unique species of Kea mountain parrots, dolphins, fur seals and even penguins live here.
One of the most popular activities here is a cruise on small ships around the bay, a tour of the rocks, waterfalls and of course, observation of animals. You can also go rafting, canoeing, trekking, cycling and many other activities. The most courageous can buy a tour by helicopter and look at the bay from a bird’s-eye view.
The bay is very humid and often raining. Therefore, we recommend bringing waterproof clothing and shoes.
Hotels in Milford Sound
There is a small selection of hotels in Milford Sound and you need to book them in advance, otherwise you risk remaining without a room. Other nearby hotels are only in the city of Te Anau. There are also several campgrounds on the road between Te Anau and Milford Sound.
Here is a short list of hotels in Milford Sound:
Milford Sound Lodge: This wooden hotel is considered one of the best in the region. It offers clean and comfortable rooms, a bar and a cafe.
Mitre Peak Lodge: Another great hotel with amazing views from the rooms. The rooms have everything you need for a comfortable stay.
Kinloch Lodge -YHA Gelenorchy: This is a small but clean and comfortable hotel with beautiful views from the windows of the rooms. This is an ideal place for those who want to enjoy their holidays at a budget price.