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Milford Sound’s pristine scenery makes it a must–see for visitors; here you will find stunning waterfalls intersecting towering vertical cliffs. The sound is home to many indigenous animals, plants and insects.

Located within New Zealand’s spectacular Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound was described as the “eighth wonder of the world,” by Rudyard Kipling and is home to a natural and indigenous flora and fauna. Here you can spot blue duck, takehe, mohua, kea and the kiwi.

Visitors to the sound include bottlenose, dusky, and Hector’s dolphin, New Zealand fur seals and the little blue penguin. One of the world’s rarest penguins, the Fiordland crested penguin can also be found here. Milford Sound’s rich underwater life is available for divers to discover too – a visit to the underwater observatory at Harrison Cove gives you a chance to marvel at black coral, eleven-legged sea stars and delicate anemones, whilst keeping your feet on dry land.

Boat trips, kayaking or trekking are ideal ways to experience Milford Sound, and walkers can take the Milford Track, which winds from Lake Te Anau to Sandfly Point, where a boat takes you to the Milford Sound wharf. 

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: Hector’s dolphin, Fiordland crested penguin, little blue penguin, New Zealand fur seal, blue duck
  • Where: South Island, New Zealand

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Kiwis & Whales Galore: South Island Self-drive

This self-drive of New Zealand’s South Island showcases dramatic scenery, from sandy beaches to picturesque snow-capped mountains. Highlights include cetacean-rich Kaikoura, the Otago Peninsula - home to the endangered yellow-eyed penguin - and Stewart Island for southern brown kiwis.

  • When to go: Sep-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 23 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea