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Travel Guide of Milford Sound in New Zealand by Influencers

Milford Sound / Piopiotahi is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand's South Island within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.

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Discover our travel guide of Milford Sound in New Zealand made of pictures from travel influencers and photographers.

What you will see and do in Milford Sound:

  🏞️ River     ❄️ Glacier     ⛰️ Hill     ❄️ Fjord     🏞️ Waterfall     ⛰️ Hill station  

Travel Tips for visiting Milford Sound

Milford Sound (New Zealand Maori: Piopiotahi) is a New Zealand fjord in the Southland region of the South Island. One of New Zealand's most visited tourist spots, it is named after the Welsh natural harbour called Milford Haven.

The beauty of Milford Sound makes it one of the major attractions of a trip to New Zealand's South Island. The location of some of the scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this fjord offers a stark contrast between the huge black rock cliffs and the steep slopes that plunge into the crystal clear water. The Milford Sound route is one of New Zealand's most famous.
To experience the full splendour of the sound and to see the seals, sea lions and dolphins that call the sound home, take a cruise on the fjord.

Milford Sound receives around 550,000 tourists a year, making it one of the most visited places in New Zealand in terms of numbers of visitors, despite the difficulties of access, including the length of the journey from populated areas of the South Island.
These tourists come to enjoy the scenery, take boat or canoe trips on the fjord waters and go hiking. Visitors do not linger long at the site, usually staying less than a day, so there are relatively few services for tourists.
Milford Sound is connected to the rest of the country by road via Highway 94 from Te Anau, by air with the airfield or by the Milford Track after several days of hiking.

Frequently Asked Questions by Travelers planning a trip to Milford Sound

Why is Milford Sound Not a sound ?

Milford Sound is not a sound
Sounds are formed when a river valley is flooded by the sea, whereas Milford Sound was formed by the erosion of ancient glaciers.

At 265 metres deep, most of the sound's water is salty, but the top 10 metres or so is freshwater. It comes from the seven to nine metres of rainfall that the area gets every year, empty into the sound via its many rivers and waterfalls.

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  🏞️‍ Waterfall spots     ❄️ Fjord spots     ⛰️ Highland spots     ⛰️ Hill spots     ⛰️ Hill station spots     ❄️ Glacial landform spots     🛣️ Road trip spots     ⛰️ Summit spots     ⛰️ Cliff spots     🌊‍ Ocean spots     🏞️ River spots     🐾 Wildlife spots     🏞️ Loch spots     🏖️ Shore spots     ❄️ Glacier spots     🌲 Forest spots     🏞️ Waterway spots     🌲 Plain spots  

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