Straight from New Zealand

written by | Posted on May 9th, 2012

Milford Sound is New Zealand's most visited tourist destination. Rudyard Kipling called it

Milford Sound is New Zealand's most visited tourist destination. Rudyard Kipling called it "the eighth wonder of the world." It stuns with its sheer, rugged beauty.

The Earl Mountains in the southwest side of New Zealand's South Island is a natural marvel full of gorgeous landscapes.

The Earl Mountains in the southwest side of New Zealand's South Island is a natural marvel full of gorgeous landscapes.

Mirror Lakes near Milford Sound is as clear as its name implies.

Mirror Lakes near Milford Sound is as clear as its name implies.

The Earl Mountains in New Zealand's South Island awe with their barren beauty.

The Earl Mountains in New Zealand's South Island awe with their barren beauty.

Waterfalls dramatically drop into the Milford Sound adding an aura of mystique to the already awesome natural wonder.

Waterfalls dramatically drop into the Milford Sound adding an aura of mystique to the already awesome natural wonder.

Waterfalls add a pleasant, awesome contrast to the barrenness of Milford Sound.

Waterfalls add a pleasant, awesome contrast to the barrenness of Milford Sound.

Cruising through the Milford Sound is seeing first-hand the spectacular force of nature.

Cruising through the Milford Sound is seeing first-hand the spectacular force of nature.

A trawler skirts a waterfall in Milford Sound.

A trawler skirts a waterfall in Milford Sound.

A 100-year old coal fired steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, makes regular runs around Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand.

A 100-year old coal fired steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, makes regular runs around Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand.

The Rydges Lakeland Resort in Queenstown, New Zealand, offfers unmatched views of Lake Wakatipu, a popular tourist destination in the country's South island.

The Rydges Lakeland Resort in Queenstown, New Zealand, offfers unmatched views of Lake Wakatipu, a popular tourist destination in the country's South island.

Queenstown, New Zealand, is an attractive lakeside adventure tourism destination with unparalleled views of mountain and lake from its shopping center.

Queenstown, New Zealand, is an attractive lakeside adventure tourism destination with unparalleled views of mountain and lake from its shopping center.

Paragliding on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand, one of the top adventure tourism destinations in the country.

Paragliding on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand, one of the top adventure tourism destinations in the country.

Shoppers walk past a store window reflecting the nearby mountains of Queenstown, New Zealand.

Shoppers walk past a store window reflecting the nearby mountains of Queenstown, New Zealand.

Queenstown, New Zealand, lies splashed against colorful and steep lakeside hills.

Queenstown, New Zealand, lies splashed against colorful and steep lakeside hills.

Queenstown, New Zealand, as seen from a nearby hill.

Queenstown, New Zealand, as seen from a nearby hill.

Fox Glacier. New Zealand South Island.

Fox Glacier. New Zealand South Island.

Fox Glacier, New Zealand's South Island.

Fox Glacier, New Zealand's South Island.

Fox Glacier, New Zealand's South Island.

Fox Glacier, New Zealand's South Island.

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand.

Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand.

Milford Sound is New Zealand's most visited tourist destination. Rudyard Kipling called it "the eighth wonder of the world." It stuns with its sheer, rugged beauty.The Earl Mountains in the southwest side of New Zealand's South Island is a natural marvel full of gorgeous landscapes.Mirror Lakes near Milford Sound is as clear as its name implies.The Earl Mountains in New Zealand's South Island awe with their barren beauty.Waterfalls dramatically drop into the Milford Sound adding an aura of mystique to the already awesome natural wonder.Waterfalls add a pleasant, awesome contrast to the barrenness of Milford Sound.Cruising through the Milford Sound is seeing first-hand the spectacular force of nature.A trawler skirts a waterfall in Milford Sound.A 100-year old coal fired steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, makes regular runs around Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand.The Rydges Lakeland Resort in Queenstown, New Zealand, offfers unmatched views of Lake Wakatipu, a popular tourist destination in the country's South island.Queenstown, New Zealand, is an attractive lakeside adventure tourism destination with unparalleled views of mountain and lake from its shopping center.Paragliding on Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand, one of the top adventure tourism destinations in the country.Shoppers walk past a store window reflecting the nearby mountains of Queenstown, New Zealand.Queenstown, New Zealand, lies splashed against colorful and steep lakeside hills.Queenstown, New Zealand, as seen from a nearby hill.Fox Glacier. New Zealand South Island.Fox Glacier, New Zealand's South Island.Fox Glacier, New Zealand's South Island.Lake Hawea, South Island, New Zealand.