Posted by: danielfee | November 14, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 11-14-2012

Stirling Falls – Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound is a fjord located on the southwest coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It is within the Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. It has been judged the world’s top travel destination in an international survey and is acclaimed as New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination. Milford Sound runs 9 miles inland from the Tasman Sea. The mouth of the fiord is surrounded by sheer rock faces that rise 3,900 feet or more on either side. Among the peaks are The Elephant at 4,977 feet, said to resemble an elephant’s head, and The Lion at 4,272 feet, which is in the shape of a crouching lion. There are two permanent waterfalls all year round, Lady Bowen Falls and Stirling Falls. However, after heavy rain, many hundreds of temporary waterfalls can be seen running down the steep sided rock faces that line the fiord. They are fed by rainwater drenched moss and will last a few days at most once the rain stops. The 508 foot Stirling Falls were named after the captain of the HMS Cleo.

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Responses

  1. Loved my visit to Milford Sound too, despite having come down with a bad cold

    • I would love to go back. On a sunny day next time.

  2. Looks gorgeous, but too long a plane trip. Some of your photos bring back fond memories, others inspire me to go to certain places, and others let me see places I’ll probably never go.

    • Yes, it is a long flight but it is worth it. I’m glad the photos bring back good memories.

  3. The Milford Sound is one of my favorites places I’ve traveled to. Simply magical, isn’t it?!

  4. I had a wonderful time at Milford Sound. Even though it was misty most of the time, it cleared as our boat was heading back and we saw it in all it’s beauty. Love NZ, will defo go back one day!


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