Tap into this post to read about some of our sightseeing, fun facts, travel tips and many pictures of our time in Milford Sound, New Zealand. We encourage you to get out and see the world if you are able, and if not, we will bring it to you through our posts. We hope you enjoy!
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Milford Sound and the Fiordland National Park
The first stop along our Australia-New Zealand cruise was Milford Sound in the southwestern portion of New Zealand’s South Island (see map below). Crossing the Tasman Sea from Sydney was quite a two-day adventure. The sea was very rough and the cruise ship was crashing into the huge 12 meter (40 foot) swells making giant splashes. People were getting seasick all around the ship. Luckily Nina and I were ok apart from being a bit woozy now and then, but overall we had pretty good sea legs. Once we entered Milford Sound the waters calmed to a mirrored sheen and we had crisp blue springtime skies in early December (late springtime Down Under). The scenery was literally breathtaking; one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever seen!
Facts & Figures
— Fiordland National Park is the largest of New Zealand’s 14 national parks
— The deep fiords (fjords) were carved from retreating glaciers from millennia past
— Milford Sound was named after Milford Haven in Wales
— The mountain peaks that rise on either side of Milford Sound stand up to over 1500 meters (nearly 5000 feet) tall
— Even during late spring New Zealand can be chilly, especially in the south of the South Island, so bring warm clothes
— Our trip to Milford Sound and the Fiordland National Park was a cruise only (no port of call) so there’s not much I can offer in terms of travel tips; other than to say you must see this place!
— When travelling Down Under, remember that their seasons are opposite to the seasons in the northern hemisphere, therefore Christmas Down Under is their summertime
— The Kiwi people have their own unique version of the English language; we recommend the Handy Guide… book shown below
— Currency used in New Zealand is the NZ Dollar
If you are a world trekker like us and want to become more ‘worldly’, then you will want to try our books below. Thanks to the former British Empire and current Commonwealth, the English language is widely spoken across the world, however it is spoken quite differently depending on where you are traveling. We believe the books below are essential to worldly trekkers and think you will find them both fun and informative. The books include a dictionary of everyday words and phrases, traditional cuisine, some history and culture, and other handy information.
Simply click on the book covers below to find out more:
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