Milford Sound is one of the wettest places in the world with a mean annual rainfall of 6813mm (268 in).It rains for around a 180 days of the year, with rainfall reaching 250mm (10 in) over a 24 hour period.
Milford Sound was well known to Maori but not discovered by Europeans until 1812 when Captain John Grono named it Milford Haven after his homeland in Wales.
Its name was later changed to Milford Sound by Captain John Lort Stokes. The Mackinnon Pass was discovered in 1888 and soon became part of the Milford Track – now one of the world’s great walks and the Homer Tunnel was developed in 1954 to provide road access to the fiord.
Glorious on a fine day, Milford Sound’s ethereal, moody beauty in the rain is equally spectacular.
The best way to enjoy the Milford Road, one of the world’s finest alpine roads without having to worry about the often tricky driving conditions, is on one of our coaches.
Milford Sound is the most well-known and most accessible of all the fiords in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage Area.