Circumnavigating New Zealand — Fiordland 2020; Cruising Milford Sound


Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

Today we’re going to begin with Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park, then transition over to Doubtful Sound.

Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

Remember the two permanent falls in Milford Sound? Let’s take looks at both from slightly different vantage points beginning with Lady Bowen Falls, followed by Stirling Falls:

Lady Bowen Falls, Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

Stirling Falls, Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

As I noted before, our 2020 excursion into Milford Sound gave us a vastly different weather experience than what we found awaiting us in 2019. Nevertheless, the drama made up for the coolish drizzle:

Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

In the early afternoon we left Milford Sound behind and headed over to Doubtful Sound, which lies about 65 miles/105 kilometers to the south southwest of Milford.

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

You’ll see a lot more of Doubtful Sound on Wednesday, including some very playful dolphins playing in the wake of Radiance of the Seas. But for now I’ll just share with you a couple of images and some information on this fiord.

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

Doubtful Sound is actually much longer than Milford, but in my view not quite as photogenic. Here the mountains seem less impressive, and there were fewer waterfalls. This may have just been my impression because the weather began to turn for the worse forcing me to seek shelter in the covered aft outdoor dining area for both me and my camera. This fiord is 25 miles/40 kilometers long, and at the widest point it stretches 2 miles/3.2 kilometers from shore to shore. At 1,380 feet/421 meters, Doubtful is the deepest fiord in Fiordland National Park.

Doubtful Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

Before we get farther in to Doubtful Sound on Wednesday, I’ll leave you with this final image from Milford Sound taken earlier in the day:

Milford Sound, Fiordland Nat’l Park, New Zealand

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