The Magic of Milford Sound

Milford Sound is often at the top of “Must See/Do” lists in New Zealand. It is a World Heritage site and one of the most visited destinations in New Zealand. Milford is a fairly remote location, and it takes quite the journey to get there. The roads are treacherous enough that they actually close them every night at 6pm (in the winter) and decide the next morning based on weather conditions whether or not to reopen them. We actually rearranged our schedule in Queenstown back in July so that our day in Milford coincided with the most promising weather forecast. The two days prior had seen the roads closed and all tours cancelled, but we were lucky enough to have nothing more than a few clouds in the sky. It just took a 6:45am pick up, 4 hour bus ride, two hour cruise, and a 4 hour bus ride back to Queenstown to experience it. But boy, was it worth it. Words don’t do it justice, so here’s a bunch of pictures…

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Window views on the way there.
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We were lucky enough to experience the still water of Mirror Lake during a quick stop.

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The winding road to Milford.

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Most days of the year Milford has a moody, misty vibe.

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Seals lounging on the rocks. We also saw some dolphins right after this.

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The road back to Queenstown.

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