Milford sound is a fjord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island, within Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It has been judged the world’s top travel destination in an international survey and is acclaimed as New Zealand’s own most famous tourist destination.
Milford Sound runs 15 kilometres inland from the Tasman Sea and is surrounded by sheer rock faces that rise 1,200 metres or more on either side. Among the peaks are The Elephant at 1,517 m said to resemble an elephant’s head, and Lion Mountain, 1,302 m in the shape of a crouching lion.
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Milford Sound is, perhaps, one of the most dramatic and unspoiled tourist destinations in the world. Steep mountains plunge into a freshwater sound that is open to the sea. The water pours off the hillsides in hundreds of waterfalls. Milford Sound is at its best in the rain. But then it rains over 200 days a year so there is a better than even chance. And what rain! with 200 inches a year or an inch a day. But even on a sunny day, the clouds lift and the mountains are revealed in all their glory.