Photographer's Note

Milford Sound is a very well known place, but a visit here has its annoyances. This region receives on average 6 METERS!! of rainfall per year. When the waether is nice like this, millions of vicious biting sandflies come out. Regardless of weather, on any given day, there are hundreds of tour buses on day trips, making this in my experience the worst touristy hell outside of China. It's astonishing the number of people the tour companies try to squeeze in such a tight spot.
I have other shots from here with full reflections but I chose to upload this one today because the cabbage trees add a somewhat tropical air to the fjord scenery. The point peak is Mitre Peak 1695m., the top was covered in snow, if that damn cloud wasn't there, you would be able to see it.
A more optimistic and rosy description of this place from the internet:

“For thousands of feet upwards the eye looks upon straight cut rocky frontages, not worn smooth by time, or by wind or water, but as sharply defined and as fresh looking in all respects as if riven asunder but yesterday by the stupendous wedges of Titanic Masons.“ James Hingston 1883

The Maori were the first to attribute the creation of the fiords to a “titanic mason”, Tute Rakiwhanoa who hued out the steep sided valleys with keen edged adzes. No other explanation seems to fit, as it is impossible to comprehend the sheer breadth of geological events that created this seemingly perfect sculpture, as sheer cliffs rise vertically upward from the ocean.

Wet or fine Milford is incredibly grand. Mitre Peak magnetises photographers, and the fiord’s sheer cliffs excite both admiration and apprehension.

Milford is by far the best known of all of the fiords and the only one that can be accessed by road. It is approximately 16km from the head of the fiord to the open sea, which means visitors can comfortably travel the length of the fiord to open ocean and return on one of the many cruise options available in one and a half to two hours cruising time.

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