Friday, 15 March 2013

Milford Sound, the Most Popular Tourist Destinations in New Zealand

Milford Sound (Piopiotahi in Māori) is the most famous tourist destinations in New Zealand, this resort is located in a National Park and World Heritage Fiordland Te Wahipounamu.

Milford Sound runs along 15 kilometers inland from the Tasman Sea and is surrounded by rocks as high as 1,200 meters (3,900 feet). Among the top of the rock there that resemble an elephant's head as high as 1517 meters (4977 feet), and a lion as high as 1302 meters (4272 feet). [10] In addition, there is also a Lush rainforests between these cliffs, while seals, penguins, and dolphins and whales are often seen around the cliffs and waterfalls.

Milford Sound was initially overlooked by European explorers, because when they came to this area almost almost unable to get out. The cruise boat captains such as James Cook, Milford Sound passing through, too afraid to wander too close to a steep slope, afraid of wind conditions that cause a roaring sound

Fiord is a playground for local Maori who have knowledge of local seafood including tidal patterns and fish diet for generations before the arrival of Europeans. Fiord it remained undiscovered by the voyagers, until a man named Captain John Grono discovered it in 1812 and named it Milford Haven and regards as his native Wales. Furthermore, the place was renamed from Milford Haven to Milford Sound.

Fiord Land is one of the areas that are often explored by New Zealand society until the 20th century, causing the natural beauty of Milford Sound is very interesting and well-known nationally and internationally, and are associated with the discovery of MacKinnon in 1888, the area became part of the new Milford Track , this is an initial point of tourism. In the same year, the tunnel between the Hollyford River and the River Cleddau found, where the tunnel was to be developed about sixty years later to provide road access.

About one million people visit Fiordland each year, which can only be accessed through a single path. Many tour companies will combine a bus trip (to and from Queenstown-drive-or six hours of Te Anau) with a two-hour cruise sounds. I took the Kiwi Experience from Queenstown and Milford Sound boat jumped ship Red, a cruise line that will take you around the sound and includes a stop at the Milford Deep Underwater Observatory, where we saw all kinds of fish and starfish (lucky visitors may also be see starfish pool nearby).

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