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New Zealand – Milford Sound

Photos taken in Milford Sound, New Zealand.

From wikipedia:

Milford Sound / Piopiotahi is a fiord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island, within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi (Milford Sound) Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It has been judged the world’s top travel destination in an international survey (the 2008 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards by TripAdvisor) and is acclaimed as New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination.

Why visit Milford Sound

Many people visiting New Zealand have Milford Sound on top of their to-do list, and for good reason. It is a truly astonishing place. The drive from Queenstown to Milford Sound alone is filled with absolutely spectacular sights that could warrant a visit alone.

Then there’s the fjords themselves. Once you’re out there, you’ll understand why Rudyard Kipling referred to it as the eighth Wonder of the World when he saw it for the first time.

Going on a overnight cruise is recommended, as there is something truly magical of seeing the sun set an rise over the mountains while being on the water. If you can afford it (the Kiwis know what they got here – seeing this place properly ain’t cheap), opt for a multi-day cruise.

Photos of Milford Sound

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Take some time for the drive itself. It’s very worth it to stop and take in your surroundings every now and then.
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Taking off.

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Waterfalls are everywhere.

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Seals sunbathing on the rocks.

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The last sun-rays of the day over the mountain.

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The sky will show you millions of stars here. The photo doesn’t really show it properly, as I couldn’t take a good long-exposure shot here (not much point in setting up a tripod on a boat),

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The next morning on the way back.

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Take note of the white motoryacht in the middle of the photo to get an idea of the scale of the place.

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Although this is one of my favorite photos, it doesn’t do Milford Sound justice. Make sure you visit this place in your lifetime, as there’s a good chance that it will change you. It was a humbling experience for me personally.

All photos: 
© Dick Hoebée
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Diederik is a guy from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He quit his job when he was 29 years old and traveled the world for over 18 months as a digital nomad and bartender. On this website, he posts his travel photos and experiences, records podcasts with interesting people, and shares his general thoughts.

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