Over 500,000 visitors come to the Milford Sound each year. Our original intent was to avoid the crowds and do the 4 day Milford tramp, but it is fully booked until March so we decided to rest our feet and go with Option B, a Milford Sound cruise. We found ourselves overwhelmed with all of the cruising options–overnight, nature cruise, two hour, four hour, luxury cruise, and the list went on. So what did we choose? The smallest and cheapest and also the best, as far as we know!
Our two and a quarter hour cruise took us from one end of the sound to the other and back. The Milford Sound is full of sheer rock faces, waterfalls, grand views, and quickly changing weather. We were fortunate to have nice enough weather to stand on the viewing deck the entire cruise, only getting wet due to the boat going into a waterfall (and we were well warned about that). Another highlight of the cruise was seeing the yellow crested penguins (think “Surf’s Up!” movie). The seven birds we saw were incredibly entertaining. It looked like brothers hanging out. We watched them yell at each other, swim together, and just generally stumble around.
We were told the drive to Milford Sound was just as good as the cruise and I don’t know if we’d agree, but it was really nice. Our favorite part was a field covered in lupine with a back drop of the snow peaked mountains. There were spectacular mountain views all along the way too. This is truly a must-do for anyone traveling to NZ (and really a steal at about $65 USD for us both).
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