Milford Sound is a fiord in the south west of the South Island, New Zealand. It is located within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.
Milford Sound the settlement is there to look after travellers who go to visit Milford Sound the fiord. Most activity is centred around the wharf, because cruises on Milford Sound are very popular. Facilities and services in the settlement area are limited.
The area is one of the most well liked tourist destinations in New Zealand there are many ways to immerse yourself in the majesty of huge peaks, waterfalls and sheer rock faces such as flight seeing and sea kayaks. A popular location is the underwater observatory where you can enjoy the extraordinary scenery that exists below the water.
Visitors usually walk the Milford Track, which begins at the northern end of Lake Te Anau and finishes with a ferry trip from Sandfly Point to the Milford Sound wharf.
Milford Sound is one of the wettest places in New Zealand with around 182 days of rain each year; the rain creates numbers of temporary waterfalls created both at Milford Sound and along the Milford Road. Visitors are also drawn by the spectacular sights of waterfalls cascading from sheer rock faces rising 1,200 metres or more from the sea, lush rain forests clinging precariously to the cliffs, and the seals, penguins and dolphins that are in the waters.
Milford Sound History
Maori are believed to have discovered Milford Sound more than 1,000 years ago, returning seasonally to the fiord, collecting the much prized greenstone.
John Grono was the first European settler to land in the sound around 1812. He named Milford Sound after Milford Haven in Wales, while the Cleddau River which flows into the sound is also named for its Welsh namesake.
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