In pictures: The road to Milford Sound
On the map it looks like Milford Sound is only 50km from New Zealand’s adventure hotspot Queenstown, but appearances can be deceptive. A huge mountain range means that the road twists and turns its way over 3ookm between the two, with the journey taking over four hours by road. Not a very appealing prospect for a day trip. That is until you get there and find out that the scenery you pass is almost as stunning as Milford Sound itself. On a unusually sunny day (it rains over 180 day a year here) we followed Milford Road as it wound its way past snow-capped mountains, rainforest and clear blue lakes, before reaching the famous fjords of Milford Sound. Best explored by boat, the fjords stretch 15km inland from the ocean, a network of bays with towering cliffs and waterfalls dipping into the deep water below.