About Milford Sound
Milford Sound, the most famous fiord in the Fiordland National Park, is located on the south-west coast of New Zealand. The Te Wähipounamu region earned a World Heritage Status in 1986, recognised by UNESCO as one of great natural areas of the world.
Reaching from the mountains out to sea, the natural grandeur of Milford Sound was carved out over time by ancient glaciers, actually making it a fiord rather than a sound.
At the forefront of the fiord, Mitre Peak stands tall at 1692m. From the head of the fiord, it then stretches 16km out to the horizon where the Tasman Sea meets Fiordland. Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls are two of the permanent waterfalls you’ll find in Milford Sound. Both of these waterfalls rise taller than the famous Niagara Falls!
This untouched region is one to add to your list of must-do’s while visiting New Zealand. Lose all track of time as you step back into a prehistoric world, a vast landscape that still to this day remains largely untamed.
Milford Sound Weather
Milford Sound is renowned for its magnificent waterfalls that thunder down from high peaks into the depths of the fiord. It’s a region covered by temperate rainforest and the rain really gives Fiordland its unique character.
The weather can vary often, sometimes changing a number of different times in a single day. For this reason, it’s always important to schedule your flight for early on in your trip, in case we have to postpone due to weather conditions.
Summer temperatures average around 18 degrees Celsius, while winter conditions can bring snow and cooler fronts. The region can receive on average up to seven metres of rainfall each year, which makes for a spectacular sight of the waterfalls on a day after heavy rain!