Milford Sound – An Awe-inspiring Natural Wonder
A world famous natural wonder, Milford Sound is a majestic, spectacular fiord located in Queenstown. This unscathed marvel of nature was carved by a glacier and includes the tallest standing mountains in Fiordland. Rising straight out of the ocean of blue waters, the two magical mountains are adorned by the lush rainforest clinging to the walls and waterfalls flowing hundreds of meters to the sea below.
The visitors to Milford Sound are always captivated by its unique beauty. The scenery has remained unchanged over the years allowing visitors to bask in its delights. Some of the most awe-inspiring ways to take in the stunning scenery include taking a cruise or kayaking. With a number of boat operators offering day cruises, it is most preferable to take a cruise in the early-morning or late-afternoon, although there are extended over-night cruises. For the adventurous, kayaking is most suitable with a better chance of seeing a great deal of wildlife, specially seals and penguins.
Another fascinating feature of the Fiordland environment is the atmosphere under the fiord. The mountains continue plunging down the sharp rock walls beneath the water until they reach the fiord’s floor at a depth of 100-450m. Not many visitors are aware of the fact that below the tide line, there is a unique world with a layer of fresh water sitting atop the seawater filters. Glowing with fresh water, it allows the species normally living in the deep waters to exist close to the surface.
Thousands of visitors are drawn to this attraction daily. It is probably one of New Zealand’s most frequented tourist spots, regardless of its remote location and long journey from the town. There are several water sports people can engage in while visiting the attraction, such as canoeing or tramping.
Milford Sound is known to receive a considerable amount of rain like the rest of Fiordland. But many argue that it is on rainy days that the attraction’s scenic beauty is at its best with its waterfalls presenting breathtaking vistas.
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