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The Chasm Tours

When visiting New Zealand’s Milford Sound, you’d be forgiven for driving straight through from Te Anau and simply just wanting to get there. After all—Milford Sound is one of the world’s most stunningly scenic areas, and it’s hard to bottle the excitable urge to get there as fast as you can. As it turns out, however, the journey to famous Milford Sound is all a part of the experience, and the Milford Road is lined with hikes, viewpoints, and scenic adventures. One of these stops is known as “The Chasm,” where wooden boardwalks weave through the rain forest amidst a canopy of ferns. After only a couple of minutes on the trail, the sound of waterfalls thundering in the distance gradually begins to get louder, until the Cleddau River is powerfully splashing beneath your feet. From the bridge overlooking The Chasm, you’ll notice a series of massive rocks that are riddled with oversized potholes, which have been naturally formed by water swirling in circles within the canyon. Over the course of thousands of years, the swirling water has created these smooth depressions and holes in the rocks, which only add to the impressive nature of this short, but worthwhile hike.

Practical Info

The Chasm is located halfway between the Homer Tunnel and the waters of Milford Sound. It’s about 1 hour and 35 minutes from Te Anau, and only 15 minutes from the end of the road that finishes in Milford Sound. In total, expect to spend about 20 minutes on the short, 400‐yard hike, and be on the lookout for mischievous kea (alpine parrots) that will happily steal your loose items. 

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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau, Fiordland & Milford Sound, null
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Milford Sound Full-Day Tour from Te Anau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 62 Reviews

Be mesmerized by the World Heritage listed Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound on this full-day tour from Te Anau.

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $112.94
Small-Group Milford Sound Day Trip and Cruise from Te Anau, Fiordland & Milford Sound, Day Trips
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Small-Group Milford Sound Day Trip and Cruise from Te Anau

4.5 star rating: Recommended 41 Reviews

Discover Milford Sound on a full-day excursion that takes you to popular scenic spots around Fiordland National Park before the crowds arrive. Travel to ...  Read more

Location: Te Anau, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.31

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