I just can’t go more than a month without writing about New Zealand! It’s a form of self-therapy I guess, because I miss New Zealand every day;-). I miss the relaxed way of life, the beautiful nature, the friendly people and obviously my campervan and waking up with views like this…
Which is why I regularly browse through my New Zealand photos, taking me back me to…
The Milford SoundOne of New Zealand’s natural marvels is the Milford Sound. The Milford Sound is actually a fjord as the captain of our boat explained. I didn’t know this until then, but a Fjord is gauged out by a glacier whereas a Sound is created by a river.
I did a 2 hour cruise through the Milford Sound, which was a bit short but still amazing. Let me show you why…
Did you know that the color of the water in the Milford Sound depends on the amount of rain that has fallen? The more rain has fallen, the darker the water. The thing is that rain water is lighter than the salty sea water and is therefore floating atop the green sea water.
If there is less rain for a couple of day, the water in the Milford Sound changes color and turns more and more to the green color of the sea. Interesting right! I didn’t know this, the very knowledgeable captain of our boat explained how this works.
There a plenty of cruise companies offering all sorts of cruises around the Milford Sound, varying from the 2hour tour I did to a 24hour tour including a night on the boat.
We went with Jucy Cruize and paid 67NZD for two adults (usual price is 45NZD per person) because we had a coupon giving a 50% discount for the second person. I found the coupon in one of the free AA travel magazines that you can pick up at any i-Site in New Zealand. Our cruise started at 9:15am, make sure you are there at least 20 minutes before departure time.
You can also kayak around the sound. I have to say I did not envy the guys kayaking on the day I took the tour, the wind was fierce and it was raining. Great for the amount and size of the waterfalls, not so great when you are in a kayak… But it is an excellent way to get an even better feel of the untamed Milford Sound and the force of the elements.
If you have your own wheels you can drive the amazing Milford Sound road (SH94) from Te Anau. Parking at the Milford Sound was free, at least when we were there, which was January 2015. If you don’t have your own transport, there are plenty of companies offering a package including transport (from Te Anau or Queenstown) by bus and a cruise around the Milford. I haven’t done this myself so I am not sure about the prices, but you can take a look at the Jucy website.