A vast conservation area and tourist destination, Milford Sound attracts more than 500,000 tourists each year and was recently named #1 Destination in the World by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel community. Located within Fiordland National Park, in the South Island, the ‘sound’ is actually a fjord running 15km inland from the Tasman Sea, and surrounded by sheer rock faces rising to 1200m or more on either side. Among its most striking features are Mitre Peak, rising 1,692m above the sound, the Elephant at 1,517m and resembling an elephant’s head, and Lion Mountain, 1,302m, in the shape of a crouching lion. Lush rain forests cling precariously to these cliffs, and the deep waters are populated by seals, penguins and dolphins. Southern Discoveries have been cruising in Milford Sound for more than 50 years so you are in the safest of hands here.