Spectacular Scenery of Magnificent Milford Sound [43 PICS]

November 4th, 2011 Permalink

Beautiful Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations. It’s a fjord located in the southwest of NZ’s South Island and is within the Fiordland National Park. Rudyard Kipling once dubbed it ‘the eighth Wonder of the World’ and its natural beauty is internationally renowned. Having been carved by a glacier, hundreds of temporary waterfalls cascade off the steep cliffs after a heavy rain. Milford Sound is another of the 28 finalists in the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition. One side note, as a bonus, if you ever have a desire to get away from it all for real, to poof off the radar for the ‘ultimate privacy,’ New Zealand is the most highly recommended place where you can ‘vanish’ without a trace and live a happy life. [43 Photos]

Early morning calm in Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Early morning calm in Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand. Kayaking, canoeing, boating and other water sports are highly recommended if you visit here. Photo #1 by Joe Forjette

'Mother Nature's Mirror,' New Zealand, Milford Sound, Mirror Lake

‘Mother Nature’s Mirror,’ New Zealand, Milford Sound, Mirror Lake. Photo #2 by Christopher Schoenbohm


Milford Sound Airport, New Zealand as seen from an aircraft

The CIA World Factbook claims that almost 90% of the NZ population lives in cities. In 2006, a mere 120 people lived in Milford Sound and most of them worked in tourism or conservation. It’s not the easiest place to reach, but definitely worth the effort. Photo #3 by Gordon Wrigley

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, New Zealand

Mitre Peak is one of the most photographed and certainly iconic peaks, stretching up for over a mile (1,692 m) from the water. Milford Sound runs inland for over 9 miles (15 kilometers) and is surrounded by magnificent sheer rock faces that rise over 3,900 ft (1,200 m) on either side. Some of the famous peaks are The Elephant at 4,977 ft (1,517 m) which is supposed resemble an elephant’s head and The Lion at 4,272 ft (1,302 m) tall which is in the shape of a crouching lion. Photo #4 by Maros M r a z

'A Steep Incline', New Zealand, Milford Sound

‘A Steep Incline:’ Milford Sound is the wettest inhabited place in New Zealand and one of the wettest in the world. WikiTravel put in bold print: Bring bug repellant. The sand flies here are evil. Photo #5 by Christopher Schoenbohm

Bridge on the Milford Track

Bridge on the Milford Track. The track ‘off trail’ of Milford Sound is a hiking/backpacking route, called ‘tramping’ in New Zealand; it has been called ‘The Finest Walk in the World.’ The photographer wrote, “One thing that sets this track apart from others is that the subalpine sections are fantastic too. The colors of the water and the deep trout pools are lovely.” Photo #6 by almassengale

'The Rapture'

‘The Rapture.’ The Photographer wrote, “The drive to Milford Sound is probably the prettiest in the world. The landscapes were just outrageous.” Photo #7 by Trey Ratcliff

Chute d'eau en vu, Milford Sound, Nouvelle-Zélande

A waterfall in Milford Sound as seen during a cruise. Photo #8 by Airflore

McKinnon Pass, Milford Track, Fjordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand

McKinnon Pass, Milford Track, Fjordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand. Photo #9 by almassengale

Looking west from the portal of the Homer Tunnel (underneath Homer Saddle) into one of the valleys (Cleddau Valley) leading into Milford Sound

Looking west from the portal of the Homer Tunnel (underneath Homer Saddle) into one of the valleys (Cleddau Valley) leading into Milford Sound. Note the contrast between early-winter snow white and rain-slick, dark rock Photo #10 by Ingolfson

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Lush rainforests cling to these cliffs, while seals, penguins, dolphins and even whales can frequently be seen in the waters of Milford Sound. Photo #11 by Mandy Simpson

River Run - Aerial photo of a river around milford sound, New Zealand, south island

River Run – Aerial photo of a river around Milford Sound. Photo #12 by Erman Akdogan

The fall of Milford Sound(New Zealand)

When there isn’t heavy rains, Milford Sound has two permanent waterfalls all year round, Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls. Photo #13 by JennyHuang

New Zealand's Milford Sound. Milford Sound, one of New Zealand's most famous tourist destinations

Even with its remote location and the long journey required from the nearest cities, the magnificent landscapes of Milford Sound draw between 550,000 and 1 million visitors per year. Photo #14 by Wikikiwiman

Falls Creek Falls, NZ on the way to Milford Sound

Falls Creek and another waterfall on the way to Milford Sound. Photo #15 by Luke Chapman

Milford Sound, New Zealand - analog archives 1997

Milford Sound, New Zealand – analog archives 1997. The photographer stated, “Continuing with these explorations of a 19th century image making sensibility, this is what I imagine the Polynesians and then centuries later, Captain Cook and his crew saw when they finally arrived at New Zealand after all those miles of wide open seas.” Photo #16 by Anjan Chatterjee

I'm On A Plane II (Somewhere between Queenstown & Milford Sound)

This photo was attached with a note saying, “I’m On A Plane (Somewhere between Queenstown & Milford Sound).” Photo #17 by Jonas Seaman

Deep in the South of New Zealand

Deep in the South of New Zealand. The Photographer noted, “The weather was crazy the whole time! It would go from sunny to violent little storms to random winds to perfect calm. During one of those transition periods, I was halfway to Milford Sound by this beautiful little lake when this rainbow peeked out.” Photo #18 by Trey Ratcliff

NZ - Milford Sound

Ready to kill off your online aliases, flee social media, erase your digital trail and start over in this little slice of heaven yet? Photo #19 by Daniel Hayes

There are many neat suspension bridges on the Milford and Routeburn Tracks. Most have a maximum load and shake pretty badly when you cross them

According to the photographer, “There are many neat suspension bridges on the Milford and Routeburn Tracks. Most have a maximum load and shake pretty badly when you cross them.” Photo #20 by Helen via Or Hitch

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand. Photo #21 by klaasmer

'A Rocky Beach', New Zealand, Milford Sound

‘A Rocky Beach’ on Milford Sound. Photo #22 by Christopher Schoenbohm

Stirling Falls, Milford Sound, New Zealand

Stirling Falls along Milford Sound, one of the permanent waterfalls year round. Photo #23 by Greg O’Beirne, edited by Sting and JJLudemann

'White Blanket', New Zealand, Milford Sound, Evening Fog

‘White Blanket’ of evening fog at Milford Sound. Photo #24 by Christopher Schoenbohm

The view at the end of the Milford Track

The view at the end of the Milford Track. Photo #25 by Timmy Toucan

Post Office Rock, Milford Sound, NZ

Post Office Rock, Milford Sound, NZ. Photo #26 by Christiaan

Milford Sound, Mitre Peak

Mitre Peak was named after the mitre headwear of Christian bishops. Photo #27 by Tony

Come sail away

Come sail away. Photo #28 by Dwstein

Milford Sound

Spectacular scenery. Wikipedia states: A spill of 13,000 liters of diesel fuel was discovered in 2004, resulting in a 2-kilometer oil spill which closed the sound for two days while intensive cleanup activities were completed. Apparently a hose was used to displace the fuel from the tanks of one of the tour vessels, and various government officials claimed it appeared to be an act of ecoterrorism motivated by rising numbers of tourists to the park, though more details did not become known. The spill has been removed and damage to the park’s wildlife appears to have been minimal. Photo #29 by Zélande BY Olywyer

Sailing on Milford Sound

Sailing on Milford Sound. Photo #30 by lwtt93

Panorama of Milford Sound in New Zealand

Panorama of Milford Sound. Photo #31 by Oliver Leimig

Raise the Sun

Titled ‘Raise the Sun’ by photographer. Photo #32 by Karen (The Pack)

Mitre Peak

Mitre Peak is actually a closely grouped set of five peaks, but from most easily accessible viewpoints it appears as a single point. Photo #33 by RCLH

Near Milford Sounds

Near Milford Sounds. Photo #34 by Rivindu Weerasekera

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Lake Marian in Fiordland National Park near the Homer Tunnel on the road to Milford Sound. Photo #35 by Thorney¿?

the track between Quintin Lodge and Sutherland falls on the Milford Track

Another waterfall, this one called Sutherland Falls. Photo #36 by Evan Hunter

Sheerdown Peak near the end of the Milford Track, The South Island, New Zealand

Sheerdown Peak near the end of the Milford Track, The South Island, New Zealand. Photo #37 by James Shook

sections of Milford Track carry over wetlands

Some sections of Milford Track carry over wetlands. This boardwalk on a pretty bog is part of a little educational side-trail shortly before arriving at the huts for the end of the first day of the (Freedom Walker’s) track. Photo #38 by Ingolfson

Bowen Falls at Milford Sound, New Zealand

Bowen Falls at Milford Sound. Photo #39 by eyeintim

The impact from Sterling Falls as it hits Milford Sound

The impact from Stirling Falls as it hits Milford Sound. Photo #40 by Adam Selwood

Stirling Falls on Milford Sound, Fiordland, New Zealand. Note the ship for size reference

Stirling Falls with a ‘ship for size reference.’ Photo #41 by Kristian Köhntopp

Sky on fire

Sky on fire, a spectacular sunset at Milford Sound. Photo #42 by Nokes

Sunset over Milford Sound

Sunset over Milford Sound. Photo #43 by Issac Henry


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