As Milford is a tiny place, most people without a car start with a bus ride from either Queenstown or Te Anau. Although it makes for a pretty long day, the bus drives through a national park, which means there is plenty to look at (and plenty of photo stops).
The bus stopped at the Mirror Lake (above) and the Chasm (below).
And after a couple of hours (for me, 4 for the people coming from Queenstown), we finally got to Milford Sound.
Milford Sound is actually a fiord, not a sound. The difference is apparently that fiords are carved by glaciers, whereas sounds are made from rivers.
I have now gotten to the part of New Zealand that is most similar to Norway. Although I don't live by the Norwegian fiords, I would definitely have found Milford more spectacular if it was more unfamiliar to me.
Nonetheless it was a sunny day, perfect for a boat trip, and spectacular or not, the scenery is pretty beautiful.
We got up close to a waterfall, which was pretty great.
Once I decided to just enjoy the boat trip and the scenery, and not worry about whether or not it was as spectacular as people said, it turned out to be a very nice day. And as I haven't actually done a cruise on any of the fiords at home, I guess it was time I did one (it's funny how we do things when we're travelling that we wouldn't really think of doing when we're home).