Milford Sound has been judged the world’s top travel destination 2008 by Trip Advisor, and had even been described as the eight wonder of the world by Rudyard Kipling!
Milford Sound also called Piopiotahi by the Māori ( indigenous people of New Zealand) is a fiord within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It is 15 km long, running inland from the Tasman Sea at Dale Point and is surrounded by sheer rock faces on either side.
The Sound contains two permanent waterfalls, Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls. After heavy rainfall, several temporary waterfalls run down the steep sided rock faces that line the fiord. But they last a few days at most once the rain stops.
If you are lucky you might get to witness cameo appearances by some New Zealand fur seals sunbathing on the Seal rock! It’s a rare sight elsewhere in the world, but in NZ you might honestly come across several seals basking in the glorious sun. One might think how a seal weighing over 120-150 kg can climb up high on the rock, but with the help of their front and hind flippers they can glide and walk on land reaching a speed up to 20 km/hour!
To be continued to Firoze’s journey through Fiordland National Park. You can check out the rest of his travel stories here.
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