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Cruise Diary: Sounds of New Zealand — Milford, Doubtful and Dusky

Patricia Stone, Owner and Founder of Global Adventures, is currently sailing Australia and New Zealand on Volendam and will be updating us with posts throughout her cruise. Enjoy!

New Zealand Sounds

For years, we’ve heard about the famous Milford Sound and finally we are here! In fact, we are on HAL’s ms Volendam cruising through the southwest fjordlands of New Zealand and cruising toward Dusky Sound before sunset. Early this morning, we cruised through the serene waters of the first Fjord–- the ten-mile long Milford Fjord– and saw the majestic peaks of Milford Sound including a sneak of its highest Mitre Glacial Peak. We got up close to spectacular waterfalls that were plunging hundreds of feet into the Fjord-– dramatic and unforgettable! We continued to the second Sound, Doubtful Sound, which is larger and more remote than the Milford Sound. According to Holland America’s Travel Guide Jeremy Elsasser:

“Fjords are valleys carved by the tremendous pressure and power of glaciers during successive ice ages, which are then flooded and as the ice melts and sea levels rise. The Spectacular Fjordland National Park, part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area, includes some of New Zealand’s most famous walks, including the well-known Mildord Track. The tracks, however, barely penetrate this raw, powerful region. The immensity of it can only really be appreciated from the air or from a a ship on the Sounds.”

To see the majestic Sounds while walking the Promenade Deck on ms Volendam is another great walk in the Sounds!

Milford Waterfall


Promenade Milford

Milford Sun


To read this post on the Global Adventures site, click HERE.

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  • Geotravel on Twitter

    I, too, visited these areas on the ms Volendam. Mere words in my opinion cannot truly discover the majesty of New Zealand’s Fjords. One must experience this land first-hand. We enjoyed sailing on the ms Volendam with Holland America Line. /

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