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Milford Sound, New Zealand
Discover the magic and majesty of this amazing waterway
New Zealand's narrow, icy blue waterway known as Milford Sound is often photographed and painted. Some have called the sound "the most beautiful place in the world." Yet this fiord remained a mystery to most of the outside world until the 20th century.
Nineteen kilometers long, Milford Sound is situated on New Zealand's South Island. The sea helped create the waterway when it flooded a valley of glaciers. Today, rock walls rising straight up out of the water line the fiord. Though narrow in some spots, the fiord widens to three kilometers. The entrance at Dale Point is only 548 meters wide. This narrow entrance actually kept the waterway a secret from the outside for many years. Early explorers feared getting their ships stuck in the narrow passage and sailed by. In 1812, Captain John Grono sailed into the fiord, proving it was safe for ship travel. The opening of the Homer Tunnel in 1954 made it possible to reach the fiord by car.