Another Life List addition: kayak Milford Sound in New Zealand! When we were in New Zealand on our honeymoon, we didn’t get a chance to visit Milford Sound (or kayak for that matter). This could be a double life list hit as I’d love to kayak with whales; seals, penguins, and dolphins frequent the waters and whales can be seen sometimes in Milford Sound!
Milford Sound is a fjord (a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created in a valley carved by glacial activity) in the southwest of New Zealand’s south island, within Fiordland National Park, Piopiotahi (Milford Sound in Maori) Marine Reserve, and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It runs just over 9 miles inland from the Tasman Sea and is surrounded by sheer rock faces that rise at least 3,900 feet both sides. Milford Sound has two permanent waterfalls all year round, Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls. Hundreds of temporary waterfalls can form after heavy rains.
According to Wikipedia, it has been judged the world’s top travel destination the 2008 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards by TripAdvisor and is acclaimed as New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination. Rudyard Kipling had previously called it the eighth Wonder of the World.