Situated on the west coast of the South Island, Milford Sound is possibly one of the most spectacular, and recognisable, stretches of water in the world. The subject of countless photographs and artworks, it was described by author Rudyard Kipling as the eighth wonder of the world. Carved by glaciers during the ice age, the dramatic cliffs rise vertically out of the water with waterfalls spilling over their tops, some cascading as far as 1,000 metres.
Take a boat cruise and experience the Sound, or for the more adventurous you can kayak, dive or flightsee your way around. If you go diving, head for the underwater observatory at Harrison Cove and look out for the black coral, 11 legged sea stars and delicate anemones.
Taking in Milford Sound and stretching south, Fiordland is surely one of the most dramatic and breathtaking parts of New Zealand. Waterfalls spills over cliffs and rocky outcrops, ancient forests cling to steep cliffs and shimmering peaks and sparkling waters look as they have for thousands of years, untouched and unchanged by man.
If you're heading here pack your walking boots, it's world class and has some of the most stunning scenery in the region. Highly recommended is a scenic flight which gives a proper impression of just why the area is so renowned for its natural beauty.