Situated towards the southwest of the south island of New Zealand, Milford Sound is a fiord belonging to the Fiordland National Park and is also common between the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site and Milford Marine reserve. It is one of the top tourist destinations of New Zealand. Despite what the name suggests, it is not a sound but is a fiord. The name was given with respect to its geographical features. Essentially, an ocean inlet bigger than a bay with majestic peaks is what constitutes Milford Sound. It is also known to be one of the wettest spots on the planet. During the period of September to December, the rainfall can reach as high up to 250 mm in a day. The scenic view presented at the fiord is so iconic that it seems like its fresh out of a movie.
Situated at about a distance of 300 km from Queenstown, the Milford Sound is a place of miraculous beauty. The rocky mountains cutting through the landscape, almost as if made by a sculptor himself. Milford Sound is extremely popular since it is the only fiord that can be accessed via road. You can explore the fiord through cruises along the water, going up to the sea, or also engage in activities such as canoeing and tramping. Even the drive up to fiord is one of sheer magnificence, and plenty of tour buses leaving early in the day are available. While you're here, do take a visit to the The Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory, which allows you to gaze at the underwater life of the fiord, and is situated at a depth of 10 metres.
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