It’s not all about the destination, in this case, the adventure starts the moment you enter Fiordland National Park and ends at one of the world’s finest sights. Check out our eight unmissable stops on the Milford Road, in preparation for your visit to the 'Eighth wonder of the world'
Date 06 Jan 2021
Rudyard Kipling did us a favour way back when he unofficially named Milford Sound the 8th natural wonder of the world and to this day Fiordland National Park is full to the brim of wonders. Many of those can be found on the Milford Highway, named one of the most scenic drives in the world, we really do have it all. Here is your head start to some of our must-stop locations on route to Milford Sound.
This loop track starts at the Cascade Creek car park and takes you through the red beech forest to the shores of Lake Gunn. Keep your eye out for the variety of mosses and native birds that frequent here.
This wide-open vista gives you a real sense of the grandeur awaiting deeper into Fiordland. Once carved by glaciers this vast open landscape is the perfect introduction to the National Park.
A short roadside stop to stretch your legs, here you will find a boardwalk leading to small tarns, famous for their mountain reflections in calm weather.
The Homer tunnel is 1.2km’s in length and officially opened in 1953. The tunnel was constructed straight through the Darran mountain range, under the Homer Saddle, and took 19 years to complete. The view of the Cleddau Valley on the other side is pretty remarkable.
Mount Tutoko lookout
Fiordland’s highest mountain standing a mammoth 2723 meters tall. The Tutoko Suspension Bridge, built in 1940 is the last remaining steel suspension bridge on the Milford Road. From the bridge, you’ll see fine views of the Tutoko river.
The Jewel in our crown, Mitre Peak is arguably one of New Zealand’s most photographed mountains. Rising 1692 metres from the ocean it is a truly incredible sight, best seen from the foreshore walk or during a cruise through Milford Sound.
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