Fiordland National Park, Fiordland, New Zealand
At a Glance
A traditional kiwi luxury homestead
Endless outdoor activities to enjoy including heli-hiking, kayaking the fiords and scenic flights
Exceptional food and service offered with an emphasis on the home-grown and local
Stunning views over Lake Manapouri
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The Fiordland region is a remote and wild part of New Zealand and weather here can change by the minute. The fiords receive 200 days of rainfall per year, which classifies a day where significant rain has fallen, but rain showers occur almost daily, and often visits will be misty and moody and cloudy whatever time of the year you are visiting. This is very much a part of the atmosphere of these dramatic fiords and if you do find yourself with sunshine and blue skies, make the most of it and count yourself lucky! You'll want to bring plenty of warm and wet weather clothes, including rain jacket, woolly hat and layers, again regardless of the time of year due to the changeable climate. On board the ship is of course nice and warm, but you'll want to be out on deck for a lot of the journey, when the weather permits.
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Located on over 2000 acres of fertile farmland, bordering Fiordland National Park and at the entrance of Cathedral Peaks Station, lies Cabot Lodge, a boutique, authentic luxury Kiwi lodge.
Defining the notion of Tiaki (Maori for hospitality), Cabot Lodge offers guests seclusion and privacy whilst not forgoing luxury. An authentic style accommodation, the hosts at Cabot Lodge have managed to expertly combine authentic Kiwi hospitality with modern luxuries whilst showcasing the very best New Zealand has to offer. From helping out on the farm to assisting collecting herbs for dinner, staying at Cabot Lodge offers an insight into the Kiwi way of life whilst not compromising on luxury.
At just a 25-minute helicopter flight or two-hour drive from Queenstown, Cabot Lodge offers guests the same epic landscapes and mesmerising scenery that one would receive in Queenstown or Wanaka, yet is positioned in over 2000 acres of private land – the ultimate Kiwi farm getaway.
With a focus on authenticity, Cabot Lodge only accommodates ten guests ensuring all guests receive a genuine New Zealand farm stay experience. Begin your day with a freshly prepared hearty farm-style breakfast on your private terrace overlooking the rolling farmlands before heading out and exploring the region at your leisure. With a wide variety of daily adventure activities included, guests can participate in a variety of lodge-based activities from kayaking to heli-hiking or can opt to explore the surrounding landscape from its wetlands to forest, mountains to lakes and even glaciers. Of course there is also the chance to get stuck in with farm life and help out with the daily farming tasks!
Overlooking the beautiful Lake Manapouri, the accommodation at Cabot Lodge is luxurious whilst homely and guests will enjoy the deep leather sofas and clawfoot bathtubs that offer sensational views of the landscape beyond. With a charming courtyard garden and outdoor fireplace guests can opt to dine inside or alternatively explore the restaurants in the neighbouring town of Te Anau.A boutique, authentic and ultimately genuine experience, a stay at Cabot Lodge defines Tiaki and for those looking for an authentic luxury experience this is the accommodation for you.
Rooms at Cabot Lodge can be hired on an individual basis or alternatively the lodge can be rented exclusivley. The large airy premier suites offer expansive views over the undulating landscape from double height windows whereas the deluxe courtyard suites open onto private outdoor decking overlooking the azure blue of Lake Manapouri. With varied views from the lake to the surrounding mountains, whichever suite you choose to stay in you will be welcomed by warm sun-filled rooms, luxurious beds and modern conveniences.
Families are warmly welcomed here. There are no interconnecting rooms, but there is a two bedroom suite available which is ideal for families.
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise on Fiordland Navigator (Shared)
An overnight cruise on the Doubtful Sound is without doubt one of the best ways to experience Fiordland in all its glory. The Fiordland Navigator cruises through the sound to the Tasman sea, stopping to kayak and see birdlife and wildlife on the way.
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise (Shared)
The dramatic expanse of Doubtful Sound is best explored by boat, traversing the fiord and surrounded on all side by the steep peaks, native bush and crashing waterfalls.
Dusky Sound Heli Tour
Take to the skies for a spectacular view of the pristine rainforests and islands and inlets of Dusky Sound. Landing on a floating heli-pad you will hike the deserted coves and fish the abundant waters of the fiord.
Fly Nature Cruise on Milford Sound - Heli (Shared)
New Zealand’s incredible breadth of landscapes and staggering beauty becomes clear as you take to the skies over Lake Wakatipu and the glacial lakes, before cruising across the wildlife rich waters of Milford Sound on this shared experience.
Milford Sound Extended Helicopter Tour (Shared)
Exploring Milford Sound is on most people’s bucket-list when they visit New Zealand. This tour will see you experience Milford by helicopter – a truly breath-taking scenic flight along the sound.
Milford Sound private cruise and helicopter experience
An exhilarating half day combining a helicopter flight to Milford Sound with an exclusive private boat cruise. Explore this unique corner of New Zealand's South Island away from the crowds, getting up close to dramatic waterfalls and the fiord walls.
Private Helicopter Charter Fiordland Traverse
The remote and dramatically beautiful landscape of the West Coast, Fiordland and World Heritage Park are best discovered by helicopter, high above the rugged peaks, expansive waterways and pristine wildernesses of the region.
Te Anau Glowworm Caves (Shared)
Experience the enchanting caves of Te Anau, which shimmer with the light of hundreds of glowworms.
Location & directions
Fiordland National Park, Fiordland, New Zealand
Cabot Lodge boundaries the Fiordland National Park and the Waiau River. The lodge is a 4 minute drive from Lake Manapouri and 5 minutes from the Doubtful Sound departure point.
How to get there
Cabot Lodge is a 2 hour drive from Queenstown Airport or 25-minutes by helicopter transfer. Te Anau Airport is a 10-minute drive from the property and can be used for arrival by chartered flight.
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