Of all the places we saw on North Island, Milford Sound was one of the most beautiful and one of the most wet we visited. There are two lodgings at Milford Sound, and most of the rooms are filled with groups that hiked into the Sound, (which I've also heard very good things about.) We were fortunate one two fronts; the first being that we got the only empty room at the hotel that looks directly over Miters Peak; the second is that ir rained the entire time we were there.
You want to be there when it's raining! When it's raining, the road into the sound and the sound itself are a seemingly endless series of tropical waterfalls.
The accommodations have apparently undergone a change since we were there. The hotel we stayed at had a 1960's-era look, and every room had a glass wall that looked out on the Sound, and on Miter's Peak. I still have a photograph taken from our 'balcony' of the Peak half shrouded by fog that is one of the best pictures I took there.
The next morning we took one of the ships out around the sound. Although the water was choppy and it was raining heavily; there were hundreds of waterfalls coming down from the top of every cliffside. We left after the ship tour bound for Frans Joseph Glacier, but I will always remember our visit to Milford Sound and the incredible beauty of the place.
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