Published On: Thu, Sep 3rd, 2020

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There are 14 fjords in the southwest corner of New Zealand’s South Island. This area is known as the “Fiordland”. It was formed during the Ice Age and is famous for its natural beauty such as cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. The stunning natural pristine landscape and the unique role it played in witnessing the evolution of the earth, it was listed as a World Heritage Site in 1986.

In the first fjord area, the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, lived and lived in this area. There are many mythical legends about the formation and name of the fjord area. The first foreigners to visit the fjord were British navigator Captain James Cook and his crew. It was 1773, but they only docked in Dusky Sound for five weeks. , But it missed the Milford Sound. In 1812, another captain from Wales, England, walked into Milford Sound. From the middle of the 19th century, surveyors, explorers, and miners began to explore the depths of the fjords and gradually figured out the overview of the 14 fjords. About 2 million years ago, due to changes in the earth’s crust, a huge glacier a few kilometers thick was removed, leaving a deep canyon, which was poured into the sea to form today’s fjord, the longest of which was embedded in the land 40 kilometers.

Milford Sound, Maori is: Piopiotahi, meaning “First Native Thrush”, located at the northernmost point of the “Fiordland” and the largest of the 14 fjords The most spectacular and famous fjord was once called “the eighth wonder of the world” by British writer Rudyard Kipling. It is also the only fjord that can be reached by road among the 14 fjords in the fjord area.

At 8 o’clock in the morning, we came to the center of the cruise ship entrance. The sailing time is 8:30. We have some time to turn around. At this moment, I suddenly saw that the mountain over there broke through the clouds and mist.
Oh, so shocking!

The ship sailed out of the harbor where it was anchored and headed towards the bend. The weather at this time changed very much, and the cloud changed quickly. A column of thick clouds cut the waist of the mountain, quite spectacular.

The boat continued to drive towards the depths of the bend, and the mountains in the distance disappeared from time to time, and occasionally the snow on the peaks in the distance could be seen. Milford Sound is a long and narrow shape with a total length of 22 kilometers, winding towards the sea. On both sides are steep mountains.

Milford Sound is one of the wettest areas in the world. The annual rainfall is more than 8 meters, which means that it rains for more than 200 days in the fjord. Therefore, waterfalls of various sizes are often seen in the fjord. . Whenever there is a big waterfall, the boat will move slowly so that visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery. This is one of the two year-round waterfalls in Milford Sound: Bowen Falls, which slopes down from a 160-meter cliff

Near the entrance to the sea, people seemed to hold their breaths, tensely resisting the front, hoping to see the sea first.

On the way back, I took some photos on the boat as a souvenir.

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