It seems a trip to New Zealand’s South Island is incomplete without a trip into the Fiordland National Park and a stop at one or both of Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound, These are some of the most popular destinations in New Zealand and on the South Island.
From Queenstown, I sided with Real Journeys for a daytrip out to Milford Sound which involved the following modes of transport: morning coach on the only access, Milford Road (SH94), from Queenstown to Milford Sound; a boat into the fiord proper; and a mid-afternoon return to Queenstown by plane.
Much of the scenery reminds me of my home province: coastal British Columbia. To speak of my birthtown Vancouver, Burrard Inlet and Howe Sound are also examples of glacial fiords. But what are fiords? Fjords (spelled also as “fiords”) are long, narrow inlets with steep sides or cliffs, created in a valley carved by glacial activity. The origin of the word is late-17th century Norwegian, from the Old Norse “fjǫrthr”.
Long deep channels of blue, steep channel walls, and looming peaks are all witnessed in Milford Sound, which isn’t a ‘sound’, but another example of a fiord.
I made these photos on 25 July 2012; this post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.
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