June 12, 2017

Where in Tolkien country were our guest bloggers on Day 5? Here's the answer...

Milford Sound!

Located in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island is Milford Sound (or “Piopiotahi” in Maori) – a fiord in the Fiordland National Park and a World Heritage site. In 2008 it was judged as the world’s top travel destination in an international survey hosted by TripAdvisor, but it’s been lauded for its natural beauty long before that: famed British writer Rudyard Kipling called it the “8th Wonder of the World”. It’s not hard to see why with incredible natural attractions like Mitre Peak, which is surrounded by rainforests and waterfalls that plummet down its sheer sides. The fiord is home to fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins, while Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory offers views of rare black coral and other marine life. Boat tours, like the one our guest bloggers Natasha and Adrian took, are a popular way to explore.

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What Natasha loved...

“Born of ancient glaciers, a multitude of waterfalls and swarms of sand-flies, this “8th wonder of the World is a piece of wild and vivid heaven everyone should have a slice of while visiting the Land of the Long White Cloud!”

Adrian’s take...

“Milford Sound – aka Piopiotahi, aka The Land That Time Forgot. Many adjectives have been used to try and capture the majesty and beauty of this area but none can really portray the immense pristine conditions here. The pure isolation and solitude of this place makes it special, offering us an insight into how Earth was before humans left their touch on her. Taking a cruise through the sound is akin to taking a trip into the past.”

Follow Natasha and Adrian’s Instagram for more of their epic New Zealand trip.


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