"Rudyard Kipling called it the 'Eighth Wonder of the World' - and it's easy to see why"
Being asked to choose just one favourite moment out of all the moments I experienced while in New Zealand is no easy feat. Yet, there was something so magical about flying over the Fiordland National Park that I’d have to choose this. Having heard a lot about Milford Sound before I left, I was eager to see if it lived up to expectation. And it did.
We left the Bay of Islands in the North Island and flew down to Queenstown from Kerikeri via Auckland, where our luggage and our helicopter pilot, Nick, were waiting. He took us on a breathtaking flight over Milford Sound - an inlet of the Tasman Sea measuring 7.5 miles long and around 1,050ft deep.
Our scenic flight passed through the contrasting landscapes of the ice-clad Southern Alps and the rain forests and fiords of the world heritage area. We were even lucky enough to land on the aptly named ‘Terror Peak’, although depending on request landings at a range of high alpine lakes and isolated beaches are possible, allowing you to experience a wilderness which few people ever have the opportunity to visit.
Our experience finished with a Champagne picnic on top of a mountain, which was the perfect opportunity to sit back and take a look around at the majestic landscape surrounding us.