People love to select a secluded tourist destination so that they can spend some quality time without the hustle and bustle that most famous tourist cities and places boast of. If you are lost between numerous options and want to select the best place then I would really want you to visit New Zealand, which is a beautiful and fascinating country.
New Zealand is not a big country but has some of the most captivating and enchanting places with diverse scenery and lots of adventure for you that includes hiking, water sports, and other site seeing. New Zealand is regarded as the most photogenic country, and the landscapes are so enthralling and breathtaking that many of the blockbuster Hollywood movies have been filmed here.
You have to journey across the Pacific Ocean to reach New Zealand, which is divided into North Island and South Island. The North side is famous for picturesque coastline, incredible glowworm caves, and geothermal treasures while the South side is home to ominous mountain ranges, stunning glaciers, and lush green forests. The flight to New Zealand from North America is 12 to 14 hour and even longer if you are traveling from Europe or Middle East. Once you have landed, then traveling around is easy as you have options of hiring a car, a campervan or getting a pass from a local bus company.
The one place that I would really like to recommend you to see is Milford Sound which is a simply spectacular place and regarded by famous novelist Rudyard Kipling as the ‘Eight natural wonder of the world. Milford Sound is splendid in every weather and is thought to be carved from glaciers during the infamous ice age. The cliffs surrounding the place rise vertically from the dark and quiet waters, the mountain peaks are quite high, and waterfalls cascade from as high as 1000 meters. It rains plenty in Milford Sound which makes it one of the wettest places on the earth, and during the rains the waterfalls give a mesmerizing effect.
The most popular way to explore the beauty of the island is through a boat cruise. The passionate adventure enthusiasts also have the option of kayaking, scenic flights, diving, day walks, and hiking. Milford Sound is located from a few hours away from Queenstown where you can take a flight from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. There is a small scenic town named Te Anau which is like a central place as it is two hours south of Queenstown and also two hours away from Milford Sound. If you are planning to visit between December and February, then you need to make your booking for accommodation and tours in advance as it is the peak season for travelers and tourists.
I loved going on the cruise as it allowed me to get close to the surreal waterfalls and other natural landscape. The Milford Deep Underwater Observatory is one of a kind in the world and is only accessible through a cruise. The one tour I personally loved, and you would love too is the Milford Sound Nature Cruise where you will discover the true beauty of the place, the serene landscape, big waterfalls, and diverse wildlife. On the trip you will be astounded to see the Mitre Peak, travel both sides of the fjord and get close to the stunning Stirling Falls all from a luxurious boat.
Description of Milford Sound Nature Cruise
You should at least have 5 hours of traveling time from Queenstown that includes 2 hours from Te Anau before your cruise begins. The meeting point of your tour is Milford Sound Visitor Center. You will climb aboard the catamaran from the Milford Sound Cruise Terminal and sail across the waters to watch New Zealand’s most popular tourist attraction. You will be served complimentary tea and coffee to make you feel comfortable.
The boat will travel down the south side of the fjord and out on the Tasman Sea before the boat is returned to the North side of the fjord. You will listen to live commentary, which is quite captivating as you will learn the lay of the land from an experienced nature guide. You can easily join the wheelhouse, say hello to the boat captain and get a chance to see the seals basking on the rocks.
You will get within touching distance to the incredible rock walls that are carved by glaciers thousands of years ago. You will feel the force of the amazing Stirling Falls that are thought to be 15000 years old. Make sure to keep raincoats on you as not only will you get wet but it rains quite often in Milford Sound.
Along the cruise you will get a glimpse of every nook and cranny where you will witness the exotic flora and fauna. You will also get close to seals, dolphins, birds, and penguins.