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Milford Sound Fjord of New Zealand. P.1.

Uritsk Andrey • 5 minutes read • May 5th, 2016

From Thompson Sound to the next big fjord - 

Milford Sound 

- there are about 62 miles (100 kilometers) along the coast. The ship goes along the cliffs and mountain ridges of the west coast of New Zealand rugged with fjords. This voyage along the coast was one of the most exciting and memorable cruise experiences!

It's so great to stand in the wind on the nose of the ship!

This peak with a snow cap attracts attention at first glance! This is the mountain called Rembroke with a height of 6610 feet (2015 meters). It is located 62 miles (100 kilometers) to the north, and intuition suggests that we are going right there!

Gradually we are approaching it...

But where's the fjord? It seems that the huge liner isn't able to squeeze deep into the rugged coast. However, looking at the gaiety on the decks, as well as at security guards that came out (they make sure passengers don't throw anything overboard while sailing along the preserved area of fjords), it is clear that we'll turn somewhere now.

Right here - the ship is going to long and narrow 

Milford Sound

, quite inconspicuous in a series of high cliffs at first glance...

Milford Sound (Maori name - Piopiotahi) is the most famous fjord in New Zealand that was once called "the eighth wonder of the world" by Rudyard Kipling.

Formation of the bay began during the last Ice Age, when the glacier, moving to the sea, forced a deep cavity out of the rock. 10 thousand years ago the glacier retreated, and the Tasman Sea flooded the valley, forming the modern bay of Milford Sound. Bay, surrounded by mountainous terrain with peaks reaching 4000-6560 feet (1200-2000 meters), extends over 12 miles (19 km) from the confluence with the Tasman Sea deep in The South Island. The width of Milford Sound is 2 miles (3 km) and the maximum depth - 1680 feet (512 meters). Several rivers run into the fjord, the largest of which are Arthur River and Cleddau River. Coast of the fjord is covered with dense forests. The average annual rainfall in Milford Sound is 6813 mm, making it one of the wettest inhabited places not only in New Zealand but also in the whole world. However, today we are extremely lucky with the weather - the day is hot and sunny!

Here is the main attraction of the fjord, and, perhaps, of the entire New Zealand - Mitre Peak, a pyramidal mountain with a height of 5550 feet (1692 meters) rising straight out of the deep fjord.

There is excitement on the decks - sometimes it's difficult to find the place to take pictures and to make a couple of shots from the open area, you have to show the wonders of ingenuity. However, it is not surprising - "

Diamond Princess

" is going further and further into the long narrow bay pressed by dizzying cliffs.

Mountains literally hang over your head!

Here's one of the many waterfalls cascading from the slopes.

When the weather is good, seals like to sunbathe on the cliffs of Milford Sound...

And this is Stirling Falls, cascading from the height of 480 feet (146 meters):
Author: Uritsk
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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