Milford Sound is located at the northernmost end of Fiordland National Park on the South Island of New Zealand. Formed over time by the gradual erosion of ancient glaciers. The fiord stretches for 16km out to the Tasman Sea and is home to two permanent waterfalls – the Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls.
The largely untouched region is recognised by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) for its natural beauty and grandeur, earning a World Heritage Status in 1986.
One of the most photographed scenes in Milford Sound is the view looking out to the iconic Mitre Peak. Named after its resemblance to a bishop’s mitre (head-dress), Mitre Peak is a prominent peak on the south shore of Milford Sound. Rising 1692 metres, seemingly sheer above the Sound, the summit actually consists of five closely grouped individual peaks.
Appropriately described by Rudyard Kipling as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’, many international visitors consider the destination a must-do on their trip to New Zealand.
If you’ve got time to stay and explore Milford Sound, experience the diversity of the region on some walks. With a huge choice of short hikes through to multi-day walks, you can explore the unique surround for yourself. See the Department of Conservation website for more information.