The best places to visit in Milford Sound

The best places to visit in Milford Sound

The west coast of the South Island

We want to tell you the best places to visit in Milford Sound if you travel to New Zeland. Next, you can find a route for the places to see during your trip.

Firstly, we want to clarify that you will find these beautiful places as you travel the road from Te Anau.

1. The Chasm Walk

In Milford Sound, you will find this wonderful path. The tour lasts 20 minutes (round trip), through a forest where you can enjoy the Cleddau River. Also, if the day is sunny you can see the Mount Tutoko, one of the most famous mountains in the area. By way of clarification, we confirm that this path is fully adapted and does not present any kind of difficulty.

2. Gertrude Valley

The next stop on the route is the Gertrude Valley car park, where you have to make a technical stop to take some pictures. Certainly, the landscapes that surround them are really a spectacle for the senses.

3. Monkey Creek

Monkey Creek on the Milford Sound road is a classic stop. The tourists stop here to see the glacier, the mountains and the landscapes. We advise you to park in a remote area and enjoy one of the most incredible views of the area.

4. Homer tunnel

It is known for being the tunnel with the highest traffic lights in the world. This is just over one kilometer and is in a unique sense. In this area, you can see the famous keas, the only alpine parrots in the world, which you should never feed.

5. Pop’s View

Pop’s View is one of the many viewpoints that you will find along the Milford Highway. Whenever you have time, we advise you to stop at several of them, so you can see different perspectives of the area.

6. Mirror Lakes

The Mirror Lakes are several lakes that can be skirted through adapted footbridges. In addition, you can see the mountains reflected.

7. Lake Gunn and Cascade Creek

The impressive Lake Gunn offers you an incredible mirror effect of the mountains reflected in the water. At this point, you can make a 45-minute trail (round trip).

In conclusion, we have recommended to you the best places to visit in Milford Sound. Anyway, there are a lot of other interesting places to discover and also are a good option.

We encourage you to visit the Milford Sound area and do not forget that you will have to obtain a New Zealand visa to enter the country.

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Visiting Queenstown in a day

Visiting Queenstown in a day

Discover what to see in Queenstown

In this article, we would like to suggest you a 1-day route through the most important places in Queenstown. Below you will find listed the most interesting sites of this village located in New Zealand. Our mission is recommending you what to see while you are visiting Queenstown in a day.

Skyline Góndola

The Skyline Gondola is the best-known vantage point in the city and one of the must-see things in New Zealand. It is also known to be the most inclined cable car in the world.

Through it, you can reach Bob’s Peak, enjoy fantastic views of Queenstown and the surrounding area, and also enjoy during the ascent and descent of a unique experience.

The ticket price (round trip included) is 39NZD per person. You can buy it directly at the ticket office or book it in advance to avoid the queues.

Keep in mind that the duration of this visit is not more than 1 hour between the funicular routes and the walk through the viewpoint. For this reason, you can make a route through the places to see in Queenstown much more complete.

On the other hand, you can also walk up and down, although you should keep in mind that it will take you more than an hour and there are quite complicated stretches.

Skyline Luge

In addition to climbing the funicular, enjoying the incredible views of the city and eating or dining at the restaurant, another of the things to do in Queenstown, precisely in this area of the city, is some recreational activity.

You can enjoy the Skyline Luge, a kind of 3-wheel karts, with which you can go down taking a walk through the curves of the panoramic circuit while enjoying unique views.
Keep in mind that there are different options, although the most popular one is the one that allows you to get on and off the cable car and then ride the Luge three or five times.

Queenstown Mall

We could say that this is the most commercial area of the city and the perfect place to buy in case you need anything or a souvenir to take you as a souvenir. In addition, it is one of the liveliest areas.

Walking on the lake

From our point of view, it is essential to walk and enjoy nature in such a rich place. We recommend you to go to the lake area and be part of the Queenstown Trail, on the border of Lake Wakatipu and you can also see the famous Queenstown beach. In this area, you will find countless restaurants and bars.

In conclusión, we consider that these four things are essential if you do not have enough time to visit everything. Keep in mind that you will need a New Zealand visa to enter the country as a tourist.

Enjoy visiting Queenstown in a day!

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  • Does not expire before:
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  • A copy of your eVisa letter and
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    • Bank statements indicate you have enough money to live here.

Purchase your ticket only when we grant you a visa or when your application is approved in principle. If the processing of your application is delayed or if we do not grant you a visa, you may lose the cost of your ticket or reorganise your travel.

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Visitors from visa-exempt countries
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We may want your ticket to show up when you leave New Zealand. We may ask you to see other tickets or visas when you travel to a country where you travel:

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