2008 Travelers' Choice Destinations Award
Trip Start Aug 24, 2011
41Trip End Apr 01, 2012
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Milford Sound runs 15 kilometers (about 10 miles) inland from the Tasman Sea at Dale Point - the mouth of the fiord - and is surrounded by sheer rock faces that rise 1,200 meters (3,900 ft) or more on either side.
Milford Sound was initially overlooked by European explorers, because its narrow entry did not appear to lead into such large interior bays. The fjord remained undiscovered by Europeans until a sealer by the name of Captain John Grono discovered it in around 1812 and named it Milford Haven after his homeland in Wales.
The beauty of this landscape draws thousands of visitors each day, with between 550,000 and 1 million visitors in total per year. This makes the sound one of New Zealand's most-visited tourist spots, and also the most famous New Zealand tourist destination, even with its remote location and the long journey from the nearest population centers. As you can see from the video ("Click on the Jucy Cruize title below to view the it) we took one of the boat tours which usually last between 1-1/2 hours.