18 Sep 2019

A Doubtful Sound Cruise: The Best Day Trip in New Zealand?

Doubtful Sound (which is a fjord, not a sound) is possibly the most beautiful place in New Zealand. It’s similar to the far more popular Milford Sound (also not a sound) but the experience is very different. To visit Doubtful Sound, you’ll need to go on a tour, which first

Milford Sound, New Zealand
27 Mar 2019

The Milford Sound Foreshore Walk / Viewpoint

So, you want to see Milford Sound but don’t want to shell out for a cruise? You should definitely consider the cruise option, but you can get some great views of Milford Sound from close to the car park. The Milford Sound Foreshore Track runs along the, ah, foreshore and

Hiking the Tutoko Valley Track, New Zealand
06 Mar 2019

Hiking the Tutoko Valley Track, Fiordland National Park

Having done most of the popular hikes on the road to Milford Sound we found ourselves searching for this area’s more hidden gems. That led us to the Tutoko Valley Track, which starts a short distance from Milford Sound. It isn’t one of my favourite hikes (in fact, it’s one

Hiking the Gertrude Saddle Track, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
17 Jan 2019

Hiking the Gertrude Saddle Track, Fiordland National Park

When researching the Gertrude Saddle Track the thing that stood out was how difficult and dangerous the hike would be. People have died doing this hike and DOC have classified it as an “expert track”. I’m not an expert at anything, so I was a bit apprehensive. It turns out

10 Jan 2019

A Milford Sound Cruise with Go Orange

Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful places, and a great way to see it is on a short cruise. You’ll journey out through the sound (technically it’s a fjord) past waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and the iconic Mitre Peak. Basically, you’ll be surrounded by world-class scenery during a

02 Nov 2017

How to Plan a Milford Sound Cruise

Milford Sound is one of those places in New Zealand that you really shouldn’t miss. It looks spectacular enough from the foreshore, but chances are you’ll want to take a Milford Sound cruise to really experience it properly. These generally go for two hours and take you out through the

Humboldt Falls, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
23 Aug 2017

Humboldt Falls, Fiordland National Park

Humboldt Falls, one of New Zealand’s tallest waterfalls, makes for an easy side-trip while driving to Milford Sound. It’s located down a 17 km gravel road (Hollyford Road) and there are a few other places to see along the way. Humboldt Falls crashes 275 metres to the valley below —

Sunset at Lake Gunn, Fiordland, New Zealand
13 Aug 2017

Lake Gunn Nature Walk, Fiordland National Park

This short hiking trail takes you through a mossy forest to the shores of Lake Gunn — it’s a great little detour from the road to Milford Sound. The walk only takes around 20 minutes and is an awesome thing to do just before sunset (after which you can sleep

13 Jul 2017

The Chasm, Fiordland National Park

Looking for an easy walk while driving to Milford Sound? The 20 minute (if that) round trip hike to the Chasm is a great chance to stretch your legs and get a taste of Fiordland National Park’s pristine tracts of native forest. And there’s also a waterfall thing (if you

The Lake Marian hike, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
28 Jun 2017

Hiking to Lake Marian, Fiordland National Park

Due to its remoteness and lack of tourist infrastructure, most people rush through the Milford Sound region without really getting off the main road. Stick around a while and you’ll be treated to some world-class hikes. Hiking to Lake Marian generally takes 3-4 hours. It’s fairly straight forward and the