Mil­ford Sound in sum­mer

A KIWI SUM­MER ES­CAPE TO ONE OF THE WETTEST PLACES ON EARTH MIGHT SEEM UN­USUAL, BUT RAIN IS ONE OF THE REA­SONS MIL­FORD SOUND IS SO POP­U­LAR DUR­ING THE SUM­MER MONTHS.

NZ Life & Leisure - - Well & Good -

Mil­ford Sound, the eighth won­der of the world, is at its most mag­i­cal in sum­mer as it ex­pe­ri­ences peak an­nual rain­fall cre­at­ing ephemeral and mag­nif­i­cent wa­ter­falls as well as thun­der­ous rain­falls.

Ex­plor­ing Mil­ford Sound is best un­der­taken via an overnight cruise on a boat es­pe­cially de­signed for guests to en­joy the area’s breath-tak­ing 360-de­gree vis­tas. It’s even bet­ter ar­riv­ing on the boat via a he­li­copter that lands on the top-deck he­li­pad.

The Fiordland Jewel, a cus­tom-built cata­ma­ran with five-star ma­rine fit-out, is a re­cent ad­di­tion to Mil­ford Sound by fam­i­ly­owned com­pany Fiordland Dis­cov­ery. The

Jewel has a he­li­pad, a top-deck hot tub and the on­board chef pre­pares freshly-caught cui­sine daily. The boat caters for up to 20 pas­sen­gers in nine cli­mate-con­trolled cab­ins, each with their own en­suite and spe­cially-de­signed win­dows to let in as much scenery as pos­si­ble.

Fiordland Dis­cov­ery own­ers are hus­band and wife Rob Swale and Kate Rol­la­son. Swale is one of Fiordland’s most ex­pe­ri­enced skip­pers, and he de­signed and built the Jewel in re­sponse to guests want­ing more com­fort while spend­ing time in Fiordland.

“We wanted guests to have an up-close­and-per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of the phe­nom­e­nal wilder­ness in a lux­ury set­ting,” Swale says. “This boat does jus­tice to Fiordland and its in­cred­i­ble scenery. Our guests are able to lie in bed and take in the scenery.”

Sum­mer presents so many op­tions for ex­pe­ri­enc­ing Mil­ford Sound’s nat­u­ral beauty on the Fiordland Jewel – guests can kayak to the wa­ter­falls, jump off the top deck or en­joy star-gaz­ing from the hot-tub.

Fiordland Dis­cov­ery also of­fers multi-day cruises in Doubt­ful, Break­sea and Dusky Sounds, and Preser­va­tion and Chalky In­lets and Ste­wart Is­land, when the Jewel is not at Mil­ford Sound.

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