Fiordland National Park, Fiordland, New Zealand
At a Glance
The only luxury lodge in the Fiordland area
Endless outdoor activities to enjoy including heli-hiking, kayaking the fiords and scenic flights
Exceptional food and service
Stunning views over Lake Te Anau
Wooden log-cabin style building creates a cosy atmosphere, particularly in winter months with roaring fires
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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.
To start planning your vacation to Fiordland Lodge
Located in the Fiordlands region of New Zealand, Fiordland Lodge offers a wealth of outdoor activities to enjoy including hiking, helicopter flights and fly fishing. Return to the lodge for exquisite meals, fine wines and superb hospitality.
Located near Te Anau in the far south of New Zealand's South Island, Fiordland Lodge occupies a truly special spot. Designed to make the most of the views over Lake Te Anau, Mt Luxmore and the Murchison Mountain range, the views make the journey here more than worthwhile. It's the perfect place to enjoy the fiords, whether you are heading to Doubtful or Milford Sound, going heli-hiking on the Kepler or Milford Track. or plan to get out on the sounds on a kayak.
The Great Room lounge has double-storey floor to ceiling glass taking in the mountain scenery, and you'll find adirondack chairs on the lawn if you want to sit and soak it all in. The lodge is one of New Zealand's luxury lodges, a mark of the superb standards of service and fine cuisine you'll find here. It has been built in a log-cabin style that's reminiscent of a ranch in North America, with huge log walls, large roaring fireplaces in winter and a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
There are twelve guest rooms here, ten of which are in the main building and all have a balcony, and two log cabins set further back from the main lodge and good for those looking for a little more privacy. All have a gas fireplace, underfloor heating in the bathrooms and air conditioning. WiFi is available throughout the lodge, too.
Dining is a real highlight here, with a-la-carte breakfasts and dinners, pre-dinner canapés served in the Great Room and an extensive wine list.
Nine deluxe rooms, all with a balcony to the front, ensuite bathroom with shower, armchairs and television. Four are on the upper floor and five on the ground floor. The executive suite is on the upper floor and has an additional lounge area and a bathtub with shower in the ensuite. The two log cabins don't have the same views of the mountains, and one is ideal for couples looking for a cosy retreat and the other for families, with a larger bathroom and twin or triple beds set up on the upper mezzanine. Log cabin 1 has an open plan configuration that's not suited to every taste, with the staircase to an upper lounge area to one side of the bedroom and the bathroom here is smaller.
Families are warmly welcomed here, and child-friendly menus can be arranged. There are no interconnecting rooms, but any of the deluxe rooms can be converted into twin beds and we can request rooms adjacent to each other.
Katie Fewkes (Staff)
Expect genuine, warm hospitality here - the staff at Fiordland Lodge are a real asset. The service is exceptional and the food is another highlight. The lodge itself is built with huge Douglas fir logs, creating a ranch-style atmosphere with huge windows which make the view over Lake Te Anau the focal point. The rooms are comfortable and smart although at times a little dated in terms of decor.
Whilst a lot of people visit the fiords on a full day trip from Queenstown, this involves a really long day of driving, or if you're feeling extravagant you can do it by helicopter. But there is so much to see and do here in Fiordland, I think it's a shame to make it such a fleeting visit. Staying somewhere cosy and comfortable like Fiordland Lodge as a base for a few days, hiking, kayaking, helicopter flying and more, you can truly enjoy this stunning corner of South Island.
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.
Active South Island
Christchurch, Arthur's Pass, Lake Heron, Wanaka, Fiordland
from $9900 pp 14 nights
- Ideal trip for active types, with hiking, kayaking and outdoors activities aplenty
- Get off the beaten track to hidden gems like Lake Heron Station, a high country working sheep farm
- Road trip around South Island, driving a 4x4
Location & directions
Fiordland National Park, Fiordland, New Zealand
Fiordland Lodge is located just outside the town of Te Anau, the jumping off point for exploring the South Island's Fiordland region. Overlooking Lake Te Anau, the setting is truly beautiful.
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