Milford Sound has been considered as the most visited tourist place in New Zealand. It is the crowning jewel and quintessential spot of New Zealand. Many visitors say that it is the most beautiful place they have ever seen. It so beautiful, it is usually included in blogs and publications that enumerates the places to go to before an earthling dies.
Milford Sound is a body of water, thus, one has to take a boat ride to really appreciate its beauty. And that’s exactly me and my friends did. We took the tour as operated by Southern Discoveries which is inclusive of a sumptuous buffet lunch served right inside the boat. It was actually a smooth connection between the 5-hour bus ride and that of the ship ride. No worries, no hustle and surprisingly, no overcrowding! Everything went smooth and organized.
And when the boat embarks into the water, further excitement about my NZ experience sets in. The sights of the Sound were just gorgeous. Limestone cliffs, snowcapped mountain peaks, amazing waterfalls and the clear water of the fiords were all so stunning.
I particularly loved the part when the boat would get so near the waterfalls throwing water down the sides of the sheer cliffs. And according to the boat’s tour guide and narrator, water coming from above the cliffs were actually melted glacier from the mountains. The narrator told all passengers to be ready to get wet and secure a raincoat because the bow of the ship will go right underneath the pounding falls.
The up-close look of the waterfalls were simply spectacular! Only when the ship maneuvered right at the bottom of the falls did I realize how high, how strong and how massive the waterfalls were. The sprinkling, the shower, the downpour of the glacial water on my face was something to behold. I totally agree with the boat narrator’s description that the feeling would be like having a “glacial facial”!
Another add on about the Milford Sound cruise were the animals that tourists got to see. We were unfortunate that we did not see pods of dolphins or rare penguins. But what we found were lazy seals sunning themselves on low lying rocks.
Me and my friends were just too glad to do a 2-hour Milford Sound tour! We were so happy that such an amazing place with all its natural splendor really does exist!
Kakaibang pasyal na may peyshal!