Often described as the “eighth wonder of the world”, the jewel in Fiordland’s crown and one of New Zealand’s top travel destinations, Milford Sound Piopiotahi was carved by glaciers thousands of years ago during the ice ages. Breathtaking in any weather, forest-clad cliffs rise vertically from clear, dark waters, waterfalls cascade downwards into the sea from as high as 1000 metres, and mountain peaks scrape the sky - the most famous being the monumental Mitre Peak which rises 1,700 metres out of the water.
Despite its name, Milford Sound is actually a fiord. It is the only fiord in New Zealand accessible by road, with booming tourism leading to the opening of the Homer Tunnel in 1953. Attracting international trampers to the area for more than 100 years, the 53.5km Milford Track is a major drawcard - often called “the finest walk in the world”. Boat cruises are a hugely popular and easy way to experience the Sound. There are also opportunities for sea kayaking, diving or flightseeing for those more adventurous.