By the time we arrived in Milford Sound, Sydney was a distant memory.
And there it is…
The fjord remained undiscovered by Europeans until Captain John Grono discovered it c.1812 and named it Milford Haven after his homeland in Wales.
While Fiordland as such remained one of the least-explored areas of New Zealand up to the 20th century,
Milford Sound’s natural beauty soon attracted national and international renown.
The discovery of the Mackinnon Pass in 1888 became a part of the new Milford Track,
an early walking tourism trail.
Guests from passenger ships can disembark here, walk the trail and re-board the ship in Dunedin.
About 30 of our passengers did that.
The beauty of this landscape draws thousands of visitors each day, with between 550,000 and 1 million visitors in total per year.
This is one of the two permanent waterfall near the town of Milford (pop. 120)
Lady Bowden and Stirling Falls.
It was extremely misty during our visit.
But it did lift enough for us to experience the stunning beauty of Milford Sound
Time to say goodbye and head off to Doubtful and Dusky Sounds.
All the factual information on this posting is from:
The only other place that can come close for sheer beauty is this…
It is part of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam that we visited on our trip there in 2011.
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