Paul Smith January 18, 2017 Milford Sound things to Do Milford Sound New Zealand Nestled in the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is described as the ‘Eighth Natural Wonder of the World’. On an Adventurer Cruise, take in the magic of Milford Sound and then, (conditions permitting), head further out to the mighty Tasman Sea and the wild West Coast, before returning to the Milford Sound Underwater Observatory to discover the myriad of life forms underneath the dark waters of the fiord. The incredible Mitre Peak, which at a height of 1,692 meters (5,560 feet), is one of the highest mountains in the world to rise directly from the ocean floor, as well as stunning waterfalls that crash down into the serene waters. Wildlife such as dolphins, seals and penguins are often seen in their natural environment. Milford Sound BBQ BusSmall group tour for travelers seeking a personalized trip to Milford Sound. The tour departs Te Anau early to avoid the crowds, offers special “off the beaten path” stops and provides a delicious BBQ lunch in the Fiordland National Park before joining the Milford Sound Cruise. There is also an opportunity for a bush or alpine walk while lunch is being prepared. Great value for money. Milford Sound Sightseeing Cruise including Optional LunchTowering peaks and cascading waterfalls – this has to be the spectacular Milford Sound. Described as the ‘Eighth Natural Wonder of the World’, this cruise will take you past the incredible Mitre Peak, Bowen Falls, Stirling Falls and Seal Point. See marine life in their natural environment as you discover the magic of this deep fiord. Milford Sound Mariner Overnight Cruise from Te AnauAn overnight cruise amidst spectacular Milford Sound, is a once in a lifetime experience. While on board the Milford Mariner you will cruise the full length of this spectacular fiord to the Tasman Sea before anchoring for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove. Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te AnauDepart Te Anau, the “Gateway to Fiordland” and enter the Fiordland National Park, to be mesmerized by the grandeur of this region. As you pass through the Eglington Valley, you will see ancient alpine beech forest, stunning waterfalls, and the famous Mirror Lakes where the coach pauses for photo opportunities. Milford Mariner Overnight CruiseThe Milford Mariner offers you a very special dinner, bed and breakfast experience. On board the Milford Mariner you will cruise the full length of this spectacular fiord to the Tasman Sea before anchoring for the night in sheltered Harrison Cove. With our nature guide you can go exploring in the tender craft and kayaks or simply relax on deck. After the days activities, enjoy a delicious evening buffet in the spacious saloon before retiring to your private cabin. Full-Day Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park Tour including Milford Sound Cruise and BBQ Lunch from Te AnauMilford Sound is arguably the most scenic destination in New Zealand. Located in 3 million acres of the Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is a must-see for any traveler. Magnificent untouched native forests and bush, pristine waterways and lakes, glacier and high peaks. After departing Te Anau the scenery really begins as you are driven along the lake. Lake Te Anau is the largest lake in the South Island. Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau to QueenstownJoin the Milford Sound Tour from Te Anau and travel through the Fiordland National Park and be mesmerized by the grandeur of this region. Tour concludes in Queenstown. The only accommodation at Milford Sound is for the Milford Track walkers. The Milford Track walk is from Te Anau to Milford Sound – a three and a half day walk which has been described as “the most beautiful walk in the world”. This requires a reasonable degree of fitness and needs to be booked well in advance. If you want to do the guided walk it is much more expensive than freedom walking, but everything for the trampers’ comfort is provided and they need carry only their personal belongings. The best places for accommodation while visiting Milford sound are: Te Anau – Te Anau is a township of tranquil beauty nestled on the tranquil shores of Lake Te Anau. It is located close to the main southern walking tracks such as the Hollyford, Routeburn and Greenstone Tracks, Kepler, being a circular track, starts and finishes in Te Anau and is one of the newest tracks in Fiordland. At the head of Lake Te Anau is Glade House – the starting point of the Milford Track which traverses 34 miles (55 kilometres) of the Fiordland National Park. Queenstown – The resort boasts a range of activities second to none, all within easy reach of the compact town centre. Queenstown town centre is only one square kilometre in size and within easy walking distance of most major commercial accommodation. Join a Wine Trail and discover award-winning wines from the World’s most southern vineyards. Return to town and sample the delights on offer in the many shops, cafes and restaurants. As night falls, get ready to experience the resort’s buzzing nightlife. Queenstown offers relaxation at its best.