Milford Sound

Milford Sound Fiordland

In 1770, Captain James Cook sailed past Milford, mapping this northernmost fiord as a bay. Fifty-three years later a sealer, Jono Grono and his crew, caught in a storm, thought they were to be tossed to their peril on the rocks of this charted ‘bay’ when they were blown into the undiscovered fiord.

It was then named Milford Haven after Grono’s birthplace in Wales.

New Zealand’s climate is dominated by two main geographical features, the mountains and the sea. From the west, the saturated weather pattern off the Tasman Sea rises up to cross the massive Southern Alps and dumps all its moisture in Fiordland.

This huge rainfall gives this region its unique character – rain forest, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. Fiords carved by the glaciers dominate the scenery until reaching the wild and windswept west coast. The versatility of the helicopter is admirably suited to this diverse terrain, ensuring enhanced visibility and greater safety in this incredible landscape.

Choose an exclusive helicopter of your choice, or share the experience with others (SWO). Alternatively, you can join us for an interpretative expedition.

Lat & Long:  S 44 40 24 E 1 67 55 24
Altitude:  30 Feet ASL
Average Rainfall:  6.80mm (268in)
Rain Days a year:  182