Cut off in the Sounds
Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound, in Fiordland National Park, are two of the most breath taking places on the south island.
Doubtful Sound is cut off from every inch civilization and the fog, scenery and silence will take over your senses. While the wildlife in the area is magnificent, you can’t see much since the only way to access the area is through a guided tour. I would recommend an overnight trip to the Sound, as that and only that can give you the best experience.
Milford Sound on the other hand is fairly well connected and the drive from Te Anau (a gem in itself), can be one of the most delightful road trips you could take in New Zealand. On the way to the Sound, you will find gorgeous spots to stop by, hike or just have a lazy picnic. I would recommend the Mitre Peak hike in Milford Sound for its diverse scenery. Keep an eye out for the extremely naughty Kea, world’s only alpine parrot.