Milford Sound – A boat trip through the fjord (New Zealand)

Kategorien: Reiseblog, Oceania, New Zealand

Today we were looking forward to our boat trip through Milford Sound, one of the most famous tourist attractions in New Zealand.


Milford Sound’s history

Milford Sound is a 15 km long fjordthat stretches from the Tasman Sea into the country and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fjord was created by the glacial movements of the ice ages and is surrounded by rock faces up to 1,200 metres high. The highest elevation is Mitre Peak (Bishop’s Hat) with 1,692 meters. The Milford Sound area is one of the wettest areas on earth. Up to 8000 mm of precipitation falls here each year. By comparison, berlin has a good 500 mm of precipitation over the same period.

The prices of the boat tours

Since most tourist buses don’t arrive in Milford Sound until about 11am, we decided to go on an early tour at 9am. On the one hand, you can escape the crowds of tourists, and on the other hand, the prices are also much cheaper in the morning. The later the tour, the more expensive it becomes. By comparison, a summer tour costs 9 a.m. incl. Breakfast around $60. The tour at 11 a.m. will cost you as much as 80 p.m., and at 3:15 p.m. it will cost a whopping NZD of NZD 96.

In the port terminal there are several providers for the tours. In the end, everyone has the same route and differs only in small things. We chose Southern Discoveries, which offers a free breakfast on the ship during the 9am trip.

As a tip: You can save a little with coupons during the tours. in the tourist information in New Zealand you will find many brochures, in which you can find information about the individual sights of the country, but also one or the other coupon. For example, we discovered a 15 discount coupon for Southern Discoveries, which we were able to redeem directly on site.

A Scenic Cruise through Milford Sound

Around 8.30 a.m. we were able to get on the ship and enjoy the free breakfast for the first time. The boat trip starts at 9 a.m. It passed up to 1,200 meters high, partly still in the shade rock faces. That’s perhaps a little bit of a disadvantage of such an early tour. Although the light is best for photographing in the morning, much of it is still in the complete shadow of the mountains at this time.

There are a total of 3 major waterfalls (Stiring Falls, Fairy Falls and the Bown Falls) on the route, to which the boat has also approached very close. On an upstream rock we could see a few sea lions, which had made themselves comfortable in the morning sun. Overall it is a nice ride, although partly (especially in the shade) really cold.

After about two hours we arrived at the port again. After the tour we walked back to the parking lot and took some great pictures from here.

Alle Reiseberichte aus Neuseeland

11 Tage lang haben wir Neuseeland von Norden nach Süden mit dem Mietwagen auf eigene Faust erkundet. Angefangen hat unsere Reise auf der Nordinsel in der Stadt Auckland, wir haben die gewaltigen Kräfte unter der Erde in Wai-O-Tapu und Orakei Korako erlebt, wir haben die Hauptstadt Wellington erkundet, sind über die Neuseeländischen Alpen gefahren, haben eine Gletscherwanderung auf dem Fox Gletscher gemacht, bevor wir zum Abschluss eine Fahrt durch das UNESCO-Weltnaturerbe Milford Sound erlebt haben. Neuseeland ist ein wirklich schönes Land, dass uns unglaublich gut gefallen hat.

Reiseberichte Neuseeland-Inseln » Nordinsel: Auckland – Ein Spaziergang durch die Innenstadt
» Nordinsel: Waitomo - Eine Tour durch die Glühwürmchenhöhle
» Nordinsel: Die Stadt Rotorua & die Geothermalregion Wai-O-Tapu
» Nordinsel: Die Geothermalregion Orakei Korako
» Nordinsel: Das Tongariro Alpine Crossing & die Stadt Wellington
» Nordinsel / Südinsel: Picton - Mit der Fähre von der Nordinsel auf die Südinsel
» Südinsel: Der Abel Tasman Nationalpark - Bootstour & Wanderung
» Südinsel: Die Pancake Rocks & die Seelöwen am Cape Foulwind
» Südinsel: Der Franz-Josef-Gletscher im Westland-Nationalpark
» Südinsel: Der Fox-Gletscher - Mit dem Helikopter zur Eiswanderung
» Südinsel: Neuseeländische Alpen - Franz-Josef bis Milford Sound
» Südinsel: Milford Sound - Eine Bootsfahrt durch den Fjord
» Südinsel: Die Road to Milford Sound & die Stadt Queenstown