“But as I headed into the heart of New Zealand's fiordland that same child-like feeling, long lost, of pure unadulterated awe came rushing back. I knew the road to Milford Sound was good - but this good?”
Historical Context Edit
Known as Milford Sound by everyone save those stubborn natives - who named it after the now extinct piopio bird - the magnificent natural fjord was once called by Rudyard Kipling the "eighth Wonder of the World." Carved by glaciers, the New Zealand fjord’s cliffs rise vertically from the dark waters while waterfalls fall as much as 1000 meters down the faces. Ignored by early explorers such as Captain James Cook, the fjord remained undiscovered – at least by Europeans – until 1812 AD when it was named after an obscure spot in Wales by the first to sail into it. In 1888 the MacKinnon Pass was located, giving access to the fjord along the Milford Track, one of the best walking trails in the world. Now as many as three-quarter million visitors a year tramp and sail about the sound, making it the most famous tourist destination in the country.