At the state of the art Thunderbirdseque ferry terminal, Marina from Mitre Peak Cruises gave me my ticket to explore Milford Sound in style. This time I wasn’t shattered after walking the Milford track, so I was actually able to enjoy it.
Our Skipper Caleb took us cruising around Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, and kept up a faultless commentary about the history of the area, the waterfalls and wildlife. Turns out Milford Sound was named after Milford Haven in Wales by John Grono, the Captain of a sealing ship. Technically, it’s not a ‘Sound’ at all, fiords are carved by glaciers while sounds are created by rivers. The only real sounds in New Zealand are up in Marlbourgh.
Yes, Milford Sound is busy, especially in summer, the cruise boats head clockwise around the fjord like horses on a carnival carousel. However, the boats are dwarfed by the looming peaks and the tannin stained waters. Nothing compares to the incredible views that can be seen even when it rains; postcards and chocolate boxes will never do it justice. The only way to see Milford is to make your own pilgrimage, and no kiwi should go overseas without seeing this view first!