Travel photo: Mitre Peak, Fjordland

Mitre Peak at dusk, Milford Sound, New Zealand

Mitre Peak at dusk, Milford Sound, New Zealand

Mitre Peak is probably the number one star attraction of Milford Sound. The mountain was named after bishops’ headwear due to its shape resembling that of a mitre. At 1692 metres it towers high over the fjord on the South Island of New Zealand. Milford Sound is a UNESCO World Heritage site and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors per year from all over the world.

There are a range of cruises visitors can take on the fjord and marvel at the waterfalls, the snow-capped peaks, the steep rock faces and the abundant wildlife – overnight cruises or scenic daytime cruises of various duration. Kayaking and flight-seeing are other ways of seeing the natural beauty of Milford Sound and Mitre Peak.

Most people visit Milford Sound on a day trip from Te Anau or Queenstown, by car or bus. A quicker and even more spectacular way of getting there is by taking a turbo prop flight!

Have you been to Milford Sound?


Christina Hegele

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  21 comments for “Travel photo: Mitre Peak, Fjordland

  1. Ida
    16 July, 2011 at 04:48

    Sounds like an amazing place. The photo is fantastic.

    • Christina
      16 July, 2011 at 04:57

      Thank you, Ida! It is an amazing place indeed, and using the word “epic” in connection with a Milford Sound visit is never an exaggeration! You should go there sometime!

  2. 16 July, 2011 at 10:34

    I have never been, but this is a gorgeous photo that makes me want to go 🙂

    • Christina
      20 August, 2011 at 09:52

      Thanks, Stephanie!

  3. 16 July, 2011 at 10:46

    That’s a beautiful shot Christina. I like how you’ve framed it with the branch on top.

    • Christina
      16 July, 2011 at 18:13

      @Stephanie Thanks, and I do hope you get to go. It isn’t NZ’s prime tourist destination for nothing!

      @Samuel Thank you so much, I am rather proud of that picture 🙂

  4. 16 July, 2011 at 12:53

    Tried ti stumble this, bit it take ages to laod. Tweeted it insetad,

    • Christina
      16 July, 2011 at 18:13

      Thank you Inka, your support is much appreciated!

  5. 16 July, 2011 at 21:14

    I love this shot! New Zealand is so beautiful. Can’t wait to go there next year!

    • Christina
      17 July, 2011 at 06:30

      Thanks Norbert! When are you going?

  6. 17 July, 2011 at 15:56

    Milford Sound is awesome! We camped there for 2 days and took a cruise. Would love to go back there and do some of the hikes they had in that region.

    • Christina
      18 July, 2011 at 19:41

      I did the same, camping and cruise. It was the perfect place to do that, but the sand flies were vicious!

  7. 17 July, 2011 at 20:03

    That photo is really stunning!

    • Christina
      18 July, 2011 at 19:42

      Thanks, Caanan!

  8. 19 August, 2011 at 18:22

    I’m in total awe of this photo! New Zealand is not on my RTW itinerary, but more and more, I’m getting inspired to go. This photo is another reason. How stunning NZ must be in person.

  9. Christina
    20 August, 2011 at 09:52

    Thank you, Sherry! Perhaps you’ll change your itinerary 🙂 New Zealand is definitely worth it!

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