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Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound

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Introduction

One of New Zealand's most famous and recognisable destinations, Milford Sound is also one of its most spectacular. It showcases natural New Zealand at its very best, come rain or shine, and Rudyard Kipling once famously referred to it as ‘the eighth wonder of the world'.

The cool blue waters of the sound lap towering cliffs and mountains whose tops are often capped with snow. There are thick forests and waterfalls, some of which plunge several hundred metres down the steep-sided walls of the fiord.

Bottlenose and husky dolphins can sometimes be seen leaping in the wake of cruise ships. Fur seals are another species that can be sighted, in the water or basking on empty beaches.

Doubtful Sound

In 1770 Captain Cook spotted Doubtful Sound, but he decided against entering it as he was doubtful as to whether he could get out again. Had he ventured on, he would have witnessed a sound some ten times the size of its more famous brother, Milford - an untouched wilderness of mountain peaks, mirror-calm waterways and tangled rainforest.

Dolphins, seals and penguins make occasional splashes in the waters of the Sound, but at other times it's eerily peaceful - so much so that it has earned the nickname of the ‘Sound of Silence', due to the lack of disturbance, particularly at night.

It's perhaps best explored on an overnight cruise, taking to the water after the day-trippers have departed.

Top itineraries in Milford Sound

New Zealand by Motorhome

20-day motorhome self-drive from £3,900 pp incl. flights

From the subtropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, the geothermal pools of Rotorua and wine lands of Hawke's Bay to the majestic glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef and the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is home to some of the world's most spectacular driving routes.

Wilderness Highlights of New Zealand

23-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,460 pp incl. flights

Discover the Bay of Islands, Coromandel and Rotorua on the North Island and Kaikoura, Fox Glacier and Fiordland on the South Island at your own pace, with the chance to sample a full range of off-the-beaten track adventures and excursions.

New Zealand Highlighter

14-day escorted tour & rail journey from £4,835 pp incl. flights

Beginning in Auckland in the North Island, this 14-day escorted tour from leading tour operator APT winds its way through the length and breadth of New Zealand, taking in the country's star attractions along the way.

New Zealand Getaway

19-day escorted tour from £4,095 pp incl. flights

This New Zealand Getaway, Travelmarvel by APT escorted tour offers great value and is ideal for those looking to see all the highlights of New Zealand in the company of others, with expert guides and a comfortable hotel at the end of your action-packed days.

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