Milford Sound or Piopiotahi (the Maori language) initially looked like a lake or river. However, it turns Milford Sound is a mountain valley flooded by sea water. Sound or Fjord / Fiord is the mountain valleys formed in the ice age. When the ice melts and sea levels increase, the sea water flooded the steep valleys that form a water line that resembles a river or lake.
Milford Sound on South Island, New Zealand, and is within the Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi marine sanctuary and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage. Pretty much Fiord or Sound found in New Zealand, especially in the South Island. In addition to Milford Sound, there are also other fjords IE Doubtful Sound. Due to time constraints we could only sail in Milford Sound.
Milford Sound can be reached by bus or car. Visitors to the bus generally departed early from the nearest large town that is Queenstown. Our family chose to stay in a caravan car in the small town closest to Milford Sound, the Te Anau. The distance from Queenstown about 300 km, while from Te Anau is only about 120 km.
In addition to using ships, when sufficient budget, then the beauty of Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park can also be enjoyed by hiring a small plane. For the more adventurous, and certainly fitter, can also try down the National Park and Milford Sound by walking, biking, or kayaking.
There are several choices of ships and packages to choose to wade through Milford Sound. In addition to sailing during the day, there is also the option to sail at night route which farther and longer. Generally, each vessel is equipped with open deck so visitors can more freely enjoy the beauty of Milford Sound. Supplied also the passenger cabin with glass windows were great as well as the cafeteria, so when you’re feeling hungry or feeling the cold sea breeze, can go a while to warm the body.
Because Fiord is part of the sea that juts into the valley of the mountains, the animals that appear in these waters also are typical of marine animals. Some we encountered in cruise on Milford Sound is a herd of seals, dolphins and seagulls. A gang of seals lazing on the rocks sunbathing and seagulls are flying. Quite surprised to watch the animals live in their habitat and not in a zoo.
In addition to marine animals, during this voyage we also can see beautiful waterfalls located in Milford Sound. Two well-known are the Lady Bowen and Stirling waterfalls. According to the info, there will be more visible after the rain falls down. Sailing along Milford Sound, to the end that the high seas, and back again to the Port Visitor Center takes about 2 hours. But the trip was short because of the beautiful scenery along the way.
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