A 16-km-long fiord, Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s best-known attractions, popular for its raw beauty, splendour, and accessibility (reached by road, air, or by hiking the Milford Track). Fingers crossed you’re lucky enough to see Milford Sound on a clear, sunny day. That’s when the world-beating collage of waterfalls, verdant cliffs and peaks, and dark cobalt waters is at its best. More likely though is the classic Fiordland combination of mist and drizzle, with the iconic profile of Mitre Peak revealed slowly through shimmering sheets of precipitation. Dolphins, fur seals, an occasional Fiordland crested penguin, crayfishing boats, and tourist launches share the sound’s deep dark waters, but you never lose the feeling of being at the bottom of the world.
Location: South Island