Milford Sound Cruise
Milford Sound was once described as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ by Rudyard Kipling. It is a true picture of beauty and an absolute must-do if you are visiting Queenstown. Many people visit the sounds on a Day trip from Queenstown and there are plenty of companies that depart from here to whisk you off to Mother Nature’s playground.
Our favourite company for Milford Sound excursions is Go Orange. Booked, paid for, and picked up from wherever you are in Queenstown, the coach will then drive you down towards Fiordland national park. After around a 4 hour trip you will reach one of the world’s most stunning locations. The coach driver will also school you up on some Maori history and plenty of facts about the landscape and native animals, you will also get regular stops at the Mirror lakes and a pit stop in Te Anau, make sure you stock up on food and drink here as there are no shops or ATM’s when you reach Milford. The cruise will take you the length of the fiord out the Tasman Sea and back under the spectacle of mountains and waterfalls.
Before you board the coach back to Queenstown be sure to grab the best photograph of the day, it may not be the tallest mountain in New Zealand, sitting 1692m above Milford but it is the most popular, right at the gateway to the sound it is essential you get that shot before you depart. Sit back, enjoy the coach ride back to Queenstown and reminisce on all the beauty from your visit. Milford will hold a place dearly in your heart but at least you now have the photo evidence to pine over when you leave!