Famous for its breathtaking beauty, sheer peaks and thundering waterfalls, Milford Sound is the gem in Fiordland's crown, drawing thousands of visitors each year. The most northerly of Fiordland's 15 fiords, the sheer sides of this drowned glacial valley rise 1200m above sea level. For many, the much-photographed Mitre Peak is a highlight, jutting from the still waters of the sound, while walkers will enjoy the challenge of the world-famous Milford Track (54km). The four-day track starts at Glade House, at the northern end of Lake Te Anau, passing through pristine rainforest, over the dramatic Mackinnon Pass and down through the Arthur River Valley to Milford Sound.

Nature lovers have a real treat in store at Milford Sound - there is a huge variety of marine life in the sound, including native dolphins, seals and penguins. Day and overnight cruises explore the sound, but make sure you book in advance, especially during the busy summer months. En route, you'll get to see Milford Sound's dramatic waterfalls, including the Bowen, Fairy, Sutherland and Stirling Falls, as well as Mitre Peak, Anita Bay and the underwater observatory at Harrison Cove. Sea kayaking tours are another great way to go exploring, allowing you to get up close to the wildlife. Day cruises depart from the wharf complex, a short walk from the Mitre Peak Café and carpark.

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