I visited Milford Sound about 25 years ago. We were going to fly one way from Queenstown and bus back, but unfortunately we couldn’t fly because of the weather. So it was a long day busing both ways, it took about four hours each way from Queenstown. The scenery is amazing as you mostly drive through rain forest.
We took a boat ride for two hours. It was a misty day with light rain, but created an eerie atmosphere.
The fiord remained undiscovered by Europeans until Captain John Grono discovered it c.1812 and named it Milford Haven after his homeland in Wales. Captain John Lort Stokes later renamed Milford Haven as Milford Sound.
The Māori named the sound Piopiotahi after the thrush-like piopio bird, now extinct. Piopiotahi means “a single piopio”, harking back to the legend of Māui trying to win immortality for mankind – when Maui died in the attempt, a piopio was said to have flown here in mourning.
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