Milford Sound (New Zealand)

Milford Sound Travel Guide and Trip Resources



Milford Sound is a fjord in New Zealand, that forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage SiteThe area gets 7 to 9 meters of rain a year!
Dramatic scenery featuring dark waters extending from the Tasman Sea inland, steep cliffs and rain forest
Spectacular during both sunshine and rainfall

Milford Sound is a fjord located in the southern parts of the South Island in New Zealand, that forms part of the Te Wāhipounamu UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you came to New Zealand for its awe-inducing scenery (and most of you would indeed have, we reckon), then Milford Sound should be fairly high, if not top, on your list of absolute must-sees during your trip here.

Milford Sound is a surreal type of place, offering the kind of sights that when you first lay eyes on them make you wonder whether you may have landed on another world. Milford Sound features deep dark waters surrounded by steep rocky cliffs and peaks, some snow-topped, that rise straight from the sea and are covered by a blanket of deep green trees and bushes from top to the very bottom. The waters feature penguins, seals, dolphins and even whales, while the cliffs feature rain forests housing waterfalls, lakes and ice fields.

Even the weather stats here are somewhat abnormal as the area gets anywhere between 7 and 9 meters of rain on annual basis - trust us when we say that even having covered hundreds of travel destinations we have not seen that before.

The best ways to explore Milford Sound are either by foot (the Milford Track is a classic) or by making your way onto the water on a cruise or even a kayak! [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Milford Sound is a region in New Zealand. It is situated at an altitude of 3ft and the best airport to fly into is ZQN (Queenstown, Queenstown)
  • The currency used in New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar (NZD)

Milford Sound Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

66 66 64 61 54 50 48 52 55 59 61 64

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

28.4 17.9 23.4 21 23.5 19.2 16.7 18.3 21.7 25.2 21.6 27.6

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