Due to the mountainous nature of the surrounding region it’s quite far from the closes settlements, however, it’s still accessible by road (the only fiord in New Zealand which is) and the drive there from Queenstown is amazing. I’ve never driven through mountains like that – snow-capped giants making you feel so tiny. The long drive is definitely worth it, and you pass waterfalls and river crossings of bright blue snow-melt as well. There are plenty of options of boats to tour Milford Sound, and you won’t be disappointed. As well as the amazing views, the wildlife there is also worth going to see. At one point on the boat, a group of dolphins came and swam right next to it, and I had never seen dolphins that close up before in my life. We also saw seals relaxing on some rocks a short distance away. I went on an early morning tour, and even though the journey is long and meant getting up super early, I can’t imagine a better way of starting the day.
Explore the outer coast of Pohatu Marine Reserve and marvel at its spectacular towering cliffs, rock stacks, reefs, and deep sea caves. Observe the diverse wildlife and marine species such as penguins, seals, various sea birds and possibly the world’s smallest dolphin!