Discover why Milford Sound has been called

the Eighth Wonder of the World

Unbridled nature awaits in the wilds of New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park. Bring your stamina – and sense of adventure – to explore Milford Sound on an overnight cruise.

By Natasha Dragun.

There will be a moment, while you’re cruising across the inky waters of Milford Sound (Piopiotahi), when you’ll feel like someone has taken the glasses off your nose and cleaned them for the first time. The colours seem more vivid here and the wilderness, well, wilder. Gem-like glaciers twinkle from the top of snow-dusted mountains, and 1,200-metre-high cliffs create a sheer, waterfall-drenched barricade that appears to cleave off the edge of the Earth.

ABOVE: Milford Mariner, Milford Sound, New Zealand

It’s not hard to see why this is part of the South Island’s Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site, an immense national park carved by successive glaciations over millions of years. Many visitors come here to hike along the Milford Track, following in the footsteps of Māori traditional landowners, who arrived more than 1,000 years ago in search of precious pounamu, or greenstone, used for ornamentation as well as weaponry and tools.

ABOVE: Milford Mariner, Milford Sound, New Zealand

The spirit of Milford Sound

A unique environment

Cruising Milford Sound

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