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The Milford Sound Red Boats:

Various sailing times thoughout the day from Milford Sound:

Milford Sound lies at the heart of the Fiordland National Park - a World Heritage area. Cruising the clear, still waters of Milford Sound on board one of the Red Boats, you'll encounter magnificent sights such as the awe-inspiring Mitre Peak and Stirling Falls. Red Boats on the Sound

Wildlife such as dolphins, penguins and seals are often seen in their natural environment. Enjoy an intimate and personal cruise experience as you get close to nature and view the natural wilderness of the Fiord.

The Milford Sound Red Boats Skippers provide a full and enjoyable commentary on the natural history of the Fiord. The friendly crew are there to answer any questions and help make your Milford Sound experience just that, your experience.

Described as the eighth wonder of the world, Milford Sound remains the only Fiord in this region that can be accessed by road and it is 16km from the head of the Fiord to the open sea.

Trip map of the cruises in Milford Sound

It is a deep icy blue waterway flowing into the Tasman Sea and is part of the majestic Fiordland National Park. Wet or fine the magic of Milford Sound will enthral you. Annually, Milford Sound receives between 5 to 9 metres of rain and you will see waterfalls thunder down the sheer cliffs of the Fiord. Carved over time by glaciers the deepest part of the Fiord is 400 metres. Dale Point denotes the entrance to the Sound and is 12km from the Milford Wharf Visitor Centre. The actual length of the Fiord is 16km from St Annes Point.

Bus about to enter the Homer TunnelAs you pass through the Eglinton Valley you will see ancient alpine beech forest, stunning waterfalls and the famous Mirror Lakes where the coach pauses for photo opportunities. Travel through the Southern Alps via the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled through a solid mountain of rock. At an altitude of 945 metres, the Homer Tunnel took over 20 years to complete and was constructed through a world war and the depression.

Destination Queenstown logo Under the waterfalls View of boat at the wharf Red Boats under the falls

Located on the South West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand , Fiordland stretches over 124 miles (200 kilometres), from Milford Sound in Map of Fiordlandthe north to Preservation Inlet in the south. Covering 1.25 million hectares, Fiordland is the largest National Park in New Zealand and is administered and managed by the Department of Conservation.

It is also one of the wettest places in the world but it is the rain that contributes to the area's beauty. Waterfalls tumble down steep mountains to the sea and rain nourishes rich beech forest.

Fiordland's extraordinary serrated coastline and deep branching lakes were carved out by glaciers millions of years ago . The glaciers left behind a land internationally acclaimed for its spectacular scenery, isolation and uninhabited environment which became a designated World Heritage Area in 1986.

Underwater Observatory:

Underwater Observatory in Milford SoundThe Fiord contains a unique and beautiful underwater environment; there is nowhere else like it in the world. Situated in the middle of the Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, the Milford Deep Underwater Observatory lets everyone see in comfort and ease this special world that previously has been the exclusive realm of divers. The Underwater Observatory is located within the picturesque Harrison Cove, here you'll see the precious black coral and other brilliantly coloured corals. There are 11-legged sea stars, delicately shaped anemones and intriguing snakestars wrapped around the black corals. Spotted and banded perch and triplefins swim among tube worms, while sponges and underwater fauna grow outside the Observatory windows.

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