Milford Sound climb (New Zealand)

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Distance: 9.1 km
Average Gradient: 8%
Elevation gain: 717 meters
Traffic: Light traffic
Surface: Sealed

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I recently traveled to New Zealand & discovered this magical climb heading out of New Zealand’s most famous attraction; Milford Sound.  Milford Sound is a Fiord in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island.  It runs 15 kilometres inland from the Tasman Sea.  And is surrounded by sheer rock faces that rise 1,200 metres or more on either side.  It is located within the Fiordland National Park which is a World Heritage listed site. And is acclaimed as New Zealand’s most famous tourist destination.

Milford Sound climb

There is an amazing Category 1, 9.1 km climb at an average of 8% heading out from Milford Sound.  This is a tough climb which offers numerous challenges along the way with gradients peaking at 14%.  Although quite difficult, the higher you climb the more stunning the scenery becomes.    The climb takes you through stunning rain forest, as you follow the Cledau River.  The whole climb is dominated by massive cliffs to either side of the road.  This climb takes you through the Fiordland National Park which is New Zealand’s largest National Park.   

As you hit the steepest section there is a 2 km section of switchbacks in this amazing valley.  I can guarantee that you won’t be traveling very quickly.  You will be grinding away in your lowest gear which at least will give you the opportunity to appreciate the scenery around you.  Not many riders have ever attempted this climb.  Which is surprising as this climb could be easily mistaken thinking that you were climbing one of the grand European climbs given the stunning scenery.  New Zealand is more renown for its world class Mountain Biking.  But for those that love their climbing has a magnificent selection of climbs all throughout.  Milford Sound may seem a world away, but then again its always good to dream……

Image courtesy of Long Zheng; Flickr
Image courtesy of Long Zheng; Flickr


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    Touring « The Dandenong Ranges said:
    August 3, 2015 at 11:20 am

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