Photographer's Note

The best way to see Milford Sound (the only one when you have no car) is to buy the day trip from Queenstown. It is almost 300 km driving one way and 1-hour cruise. The way is fabulous and it is the highlight of the New Zealand trip.
As I have already written, the beginning of the day was fabulous, sunny and warm, but when we went closer to the sea, it was more and more cloudy.
With a mean annual rainfall of 6,412 mm each year, Milford Sound is known as the wettest inhabited place in New Zealand and one of the wettest in the world. Rainfall can reach 250 mm (10 in) during a span of 24 hours. The rainfall creates dozens of temporary waterfalls (as well as a number of major, more permanent ones) cascading down the cliff faces, some reaching a thousand meters in length. Smaller falls from such heights may never reach the bottom of the sound, drifting away in the wind.

Here and in Workshops the boats that cruise the fiord.
Such a trip costs 125 NZ dollars. One can survive :).

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Milford Sovereign

Milford Wanderer

In the background, Mitre Peak.
Mitre Peak (Māori Rahotu) is an iconic mountain in the South Island of New Zealand, located on the shore of Milford Sound. It is one of the most photographed peaks in the country. Part of the reason for its iconic status is its location. Close to the shore of Milford Sound, in the Fiordland National Park in the southwestern South Island, it is a stunning sight. The mountain rises near vertically to 1,690 m, from the water of Milford Sound, which technically is a fjord.

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