The Best New Zealand Tours

Many of the best New Zealand tours take in one of the country’s most popular attractions, Milford Sound. This narrow inlet with steep mountains on three sides is about a 5 hour drive from Queenstown, on the country’s south island, and is a highlight of the Fiordland National Park. The area experiences over 350 inches of rain in a typical year, although the misty conditions make the setting even more atmospheric and beautiful. If you tour Milford Sound, it may include a boat cruise, although seeing the area by helicopter is also popular. Coral formations and a variety of marine life can be observed from the underwater observatory at a depth of 30 feet, while the surrounding mountains and waterfalls can be enjoyed by hiking or on horseback. It’s easy to see why Milford Sound has been described as one of the world’s most beautiful places.