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Milford Sound: The 8th Wonder of the World Revealed

Discover the mysterious Milford Sound, its cyclopean cliffs and numerous waterfalls bringing down gallons of pure glacial water all shadowing below the enigmatic Mitre Peak.

By: Nikos Taskos + Save to a List

Milford Sound is thought by many to be the 8th Wonder of the World. And how could it not? Still untouched and pristine, an unparalleled marvel of nature formed millions of years ago, it captivates visitors with its towering cliffs and numerous waterfalls. 

Foggy and mysterious - Milford Sound at its best

What makes Milford Sound unique?

Imagine a place where hundreds of small and massive waterfalls fall down from huge masses of land, with colourful rainbows dancing joyfully everywhere around you. The water below is deep, reaching 512 meters near the fjord’s head; a combination of seawater and darkened freshwater. A razor-sharp mountain rises vertically from the lake, adding the final touch to the already dramatic landscape; and that would be the renowned Mitre Peak. As if all the above weren’t enough, you get the chance to meet the… locals; bottlenose dolphins, rare crested penguins, southern fur seals and last but not least, cheeky Keas, the world’s only alpine parrot.

Well, it’s pretty clear now – you are getting an experience of a lifetime!

The enigmatic Mitre Peak

What’s the story with the waterfalls?

Undeniably, what makes Milford Sound truly majestic is the numerous waterfalls. Tall, tiny, twisted, powerful; all of them carry the cold glacial water from the mountains far away, to the Tasman Sea. If you are lucky enough, you might get the chance to get some pure glacial water in your face! I can guarantee it’s pretty revitalising!

Lady Bowen Falls - 162 metresStirling Falls - 151 metres

The best way to explore Milford Sound is either by following one of the world-famous tramps available, or, if you are short in time you can grab a boat and enjoy a 2-hour boat cruise around the fjord!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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