Cruising Milford Sound

Written by  //  February 7, 2012  //  Land Travel, New Zealand, Travel Journals  //  1 Comment

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Words seem inadequate and photos only begin to suggest the scale of Milford Sound, where massive walls rise from deep below the water to surround you. The weather here is as extreme as the mountains. Earlier in the week the forecast called for a foot of rain in 24 hours and winds of 90 mph.

Fortunately, we arrived to sunshine. (We’re told rainy days compensate by increasing the number and size of the waterfalls, but we’ll take the sun.)

Milford Sound is technically a fiord, with the closed end a deep bowl.  At the risk of sensory overload, we offer this sampling of the views.

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Often, the steep sides were almost vertical.

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The Tasmen Sea is at the mouth of the sound. It’s a clear shot from here to Australia.

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Sunshine and warm weather improve the view.

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Seals sun at the windiest spot on the fiord to keep the flies off.

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Two boats in the wilderness. How’s this as a site for kayak lessons?

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One Comment on "Cruising Milford Sound"

  1. Ann February 8, 2012 at 5:00 am · Reply

    Incredible!

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