Destination Spotlight - Year Round Beauty in Milford Sound, New Zealand
by Roy Witman © 2009
Have you ever seen anything so beautiful that
your jaw literally dropped? This is Milford Sound, New
Zealand. With a unique contradiction of tranquility and
excitement, Milford Sound offers stunning beauty that
will stop you where you stand while also delivering
exhilarating up-close encounters with fascinating
wildlife. This inspirational area of the world is highly
acclaimed for its scenery, fauna and flora. Come
Milford Sound is a fiord: a long, narrow sea inlet
that runs between steep slopes. Just approaching
region will leave you breathless. It's as if you're quietly
tiptoeing through a narrow passageway in order not to
disturb the beauty. As you glide through the water, the
sounds of nature fill the air - from the rushing of
powerful waterfalls to birdsongs and the whistling of
Milford Sound At Every Season
Regardless of the season, majestic mountains
thrust from the water to amazing heights. Admiring
these peaks can become a trance-like experience
whether they are lush green in summer or snow-
capped in winter. Remember, because New Zealand
is in the southern hemisphere, their seasons are
reverse of those on the opposite side of the world.
During summer (New Zealand's summer, that is)
from November 1 - February 30 temperatures range
between 21 and 28 degrees centigrade (72 and 86
Fahrenheit). Winter (from June through August) is still
mild with average highs between 11 or 12 degrees
centigrade (around 52 Fahrenheit) making outdoor
activities possible year round. While upper elevations
see some awesome snowfall during this season,
lower elevations usually remain untouched.
Sea Kayaking Is THE Way to See Milford
Sea kayaking is one of the most popular water
sports in Milford Sound and undoubtedly the best way
to see everything this area offers. The tropical setting
is likely to keep you in awe as you take in towering
overhangs Mother Nature and Father Time crafted out
of pure, natural granite. Waterfalls lend added beauty
as do the towering glaciers. But much of the attraction
isn't above- it's beneath.
As you paddle along, don't be surprised to have
your boat bumped by a playful bottlenose dolphin
looking for a new mate. Penguins and fur seals are
likely to join in the fun as well. It's a true nature-lover's
From guided kayak tours or day cruises to
adventuresome waterfall ice climbing and snow
skiing, this World Heritage Site is an excellent holiday
for active types. Sit back and refresh yourself on the
luxurious beaches before venturing out again.
Snowmobiling, glacier climbing, whitewater
rafting, backpacking and countless other quests are at
your fingertips when you visit Milford Sound and the
Past "the land down under," New Zealand is
literally the last stop before you reach the end of the
earth. Don't miss your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
visit such a thrilling and stunning playground. Check
with your travel agent to find fabulous tours to New
Zealand that include stops in Milford Sound.
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