Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the ice ages. Breath-taking in any weather, the fiord’s cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters, mountain peaks scrape the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards from as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, and it often does, those waterfalls multiply with magnificent effect.
I have been lucky enough to experience a boat cruise – during the day and overnight – and found them an excellent way to experience the Sound. Although I have also witnessed more adventurous types than myself heading out sea kayaking, diving or flightseeing.
To learn more about the local marine life, I visited the underwater observatory at Harrison Cove and marvelled at the black coral, 11-legged sea stars and delicate anemones.
But if there is one place in New Zealand to really experience the mighty beauty and power of waterfalls it is Milford Sound.
It only takes a visit on a particularly rainy day to view the steep mountain faces covered in hundreds of temporary waterfalls that seemingly drop down from the clouds above.
Ethereal and otherworldly, the waterfalls of Milford Sound tend to enchant me with their mesmerising forces.