The jewel location of our trip to New Zealand was a cruise tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site , Milford Sound . It is located on the southwest of South Island in Fiordland National Park . The 16 kilometer length from the head of the fiord to the open sea is lined with sheer rock faces that soar 1,200 meters high from the water. It is often called one of the most beautiful places on Earth! AND, there were several “Lord Of The Rings” filming locations in and near the park!
It has also been judged the world’s top travel destination in an international survey (the 2008 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards by TripAdvisor) and is acclaimed as New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination. Rudyard Kipling had previously called it the eighth Wonder of the World!
It is easy to see that waterfalls can be found throughout the park, especially on rainy days. It rains most of the time here and the park often will close as a result of treacherous weather. We were lucky the day we went. It poured on the way there, but the sun did break out a few times with patches of blue sky!
We were fortunate to see some seals resting on the rocks.
This was an experience we will never forget!
You can view a detailed tribute to Milford Sound here!