Scenic Cruise Around Milford Sound

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That night after cruising around Milford Sound, the scenes of mountains towering from the ocean kept replaying in my head. That’s when I knew that just taking the cruise was not enough. I have to go back.

This fjord in the Fiordland region of New Zealand has become a top tourist destination for its shear natural beauty. Just take a look:

The one and a half hour scenic cruise with Real Journeys takes passengers to the mouth and back, stopping at Stirling Falls and any notable wildlife spotted along the way. For example, we saw some seals that had been kicked out of their colony.

Get me closer!

Get me closer!

Milford Sound is also known to have penguins and dolphins. Unfortunately, we didn’t spot any on this super sunny winter’s day. Speaking of nature, the weather plays a vital part in seeing Milford Sound. It is said that Milford is spectacular in two weather scenarios. One is like this:

Super sunny!

Super sunny!

Cruise in the sun.

Cruise in the sun.

Another scenario is just after some heavy rainfall when temporary waterfalls come alive all around you. A waterfall on the more permanent side is Stirling Falls. The boat went so close to the falls that I had a refreshing face wash.

Stirling Falls in all its glory.

Stirling Falls in all its glory.

A beautiful spray.

A beautiful spray.

Not... quite... sure about this.

Not… quite… sure about this.

Complimentary tea and coffee was provided on the cruise. Commentary through the speakers ran throughout the journey. I would have liked to listen to it but it was all in Japanese, except for the seal encounter when an english speaking fellow got on the mic.

Verdict

There were mixed reactions within our little Stray bus group. One guy who had seen fjords in Norway was unimpressed, whereas I and a couple of others who had never seen fjords before absolutely loved it. Good weather and seeing some wildlife in their natural habitat is a combination to have a good Milford Sound experience. It is almost essential, so if you are taking a trip out here, try to plan around the weather if possible. Did I mention that the trip out here is also pretty cool? No?

Close encounter with the world's only alpine parrot: the kea. They have no fear and are cheeky buggers!

Close encounter with the world’s only alpine parrot: the kea. They have no fear and are cheeky buggers!

Mirror Lakes! New Zealand loves these things.

Mirror Lakes! New Zealand loves these things.

Like what they did there.

Like what they did there.

Take the time to stop off at a few places along the way to bask in the New Zealand scenery.

Take the time to stop off at a few places along the way to bask in the New Zealand scenery.

The scenic cruise gives you a fantastic perspective from the water, which is ideal for the short stay I had. However, it left me wanting more and now I must go back to do some walks around the area or even kayaking! Take me back to Milford.

*I would like to dedicate this post to Nana G! She was more excited for me to come to Milford Sound than I was! And I was pretty excited.*

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