One of the most magical places to visit in New Zealand is Milford Sound. It’s like being in Jurassic Park! Seriously. We were lucky when we went because it was raining. You may think that’s a bad thing, but at Milford Sound they have so many waterfalls running down the mountains, that a rainy day will just make everything spectacular and guarantee the seeing of said waterfalls. It’s a pretty long drive to Milford Sound, but if you take a bus then you don’t have to worry about navigating the winding roads. The drive itself was lovely. The South Island of New Zealand has such a varied and diverse landscape. As opposed to Australia where almost everywhere you go is dead flat and brown.
You can go on a 2 hour cruise which takes you around Milford Sound so you can see all the waterfalls, Sea Lions and Dolphins if you’re lucky. Didn’t see any Dolphins but did see some Sea Lions! They also take you right up close to the waterfalls. Really wanted to go kayaking but there wasn’t enough time and it was also raining. Sadness. But the cruise was nice. They give you a lunch option! Picnic lunch for me 🙂
Milford Sound is a fascinating place. They discovered some kakapo (a flightless parrot). Super cute and fat! Very rare and on the brink of extinction. I’ve never come across a more delicate eco-system than New Zealand! They have a flightless parrot, a flightless duck and of course the Kiwi bird (also flightless)! Every native animal is protected. But considering it’s such a remote place, the birds just seemed to not need flight until the introduction of rodents and other predators from European settlers. This is in stark contrast to Australian wildlife, where everything tries to eat each other. You can learn more about New Zealand fauna here.