As we look out onto wet pastures and begin to feel a slight chill in the air, we are reflecting on what a fantastic Summer and Autumn we have had. We have met incredible people, shared amazing stories and most importantly, created unforgettable memories.
A highlight of the past season has been receiving a Gold Qualmark Award, recognising that we are performing to the highest standard in our sustainability efforts, customer service, health and safety procedures, staff culture, and our community engagement.
We've watched our pet lambs Millie, Billie and Tillie grow into three rather large sheep with a penchant for nibbling shoes, jackets and almost anything else they come into contact with! We’ve welcomed a new member to the family, our miniature pony, Alcapone. He is settling into lodge life nicely and has loved feeding time with our guests. While supposedly on a diet, he does always seem to win over our visitors and get a sneaky apple or two most days.
Fiordland continues to inspire awe from all those who visit. More than once have our guests been left speechless by a breathtaking waterfall, a mirrored lake on a silent evening, or a chorus of birds exploding into song while out exploring our incredible hikes.
While we don’t often get the chance to leave the property, we thoroughly enjoyed heading out into Doubtful Sound recently for a boat cruise, it certainly reminded us of the paradise we live in. We also hiked the Milford Track and we were again blown away by the beauty in our backyard. We do often pinch ourselves that we get to witness some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets every day, and we love nothing more than to share these moments with the wonderful people who call Cabot Lodge home each night.
While Winter has arrived and the days are becoming shorter, we are certainly not slowing down. We have so many exciting developments happening on the property and we are gearing up for another bumper season.