Milford Sound

There are plenty of ways to see Milford Sound including the most comfortable of cruise boats.  With kids, this was our choice.

The last boat of the day was cheaper and ready just in time for us to finish lunch.  It is a quick 10-minute walk from the parking lot to get to the harbor and there are several companies to choose from.

The boats all make their way down one side and turn around at the mouth of the Tasman Sea, where you will be subject to whatever the sea throws at you.

Part of the uniqueness of this sound is the underwater break that calms the turbulent water of the Tasman Sea and makes for calm quiet water inside.

There are also tannins, the nutrient sought after in Red wine and chocolate.  It is also highly regarded by sea life.  It is these tannins washed into the water by the 300 mm of rain a year, that make a unique environment for the sea life below.  A one in a kind location, the underwater creatures at just 10 meters deep are usually found at 100 meters!

This is so unique, in fact, that there is no other place like it in the world.

The water is usually quite dark with all the fresh water and soil mixed with the sea water that flows in.  There has not been a lot of rain lately so we are treated to clear blue water.

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That dark line at the bottom is about 6 feet tall.  There are also Fur Seals sunning them selves in this picture.

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This waterfall appeared at minute 44 of the movie Wolverine Origins.  Wolverine jumps naked from these falls.  The falls stand 151 meter high.  That’s over 40 stories high!


If you happen to go to Milford Sound be sure to visit the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory.  Sadly, we missed it by a day and it was closed for a week of maintenance.

Since there were soooo many pictures and video I made this for you to watch.


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