Our History

Cathedral Peaks Station owners, Cam and Wendy McDonald’s love of horses sparked their relationship, while their love of family, farming and Fiordland has united them together for over 40 years and counting.

Cam met Wendy while travelling the length of the country on horseback. During this journey, the two fell in love with the Fiordland area and were lucky enough to find the perfect plot of land to fulfil their dream of owning their own farm.

It is on Cathedral Peaks Station that Cam and Wendy raised their three children. Youngest daughter Breidi and her husband Brad are continuing the family farming legacy, opening Cabot Lodge on the property.

Both Breidi and Brad are passionate about farming and sharing this special part of the world. The pair feel unbelievably lucky to have created an experiential lodge in the heart of Fiordland, with the opportunity to showcase the people and the place they love so much.

In addition to running Cabot Lodge, Brad has introduced beehives to Cathedral Peaks Station, and is currently experimenting with berry cultivars, to expand the farms produce beyond wool and meat.

Guests of the Lodge can enjoy the fruits of the family’s labour, with fresh honey, berries, meats, as well as fresh produce from the vegetable garden and eggs from the resident chickens. Guests are also invited to join on-farm activities, such as beekeeping, and experience what it is to be part of an authentic New Zealand family farm. 

My wife and I spent 2 weeks in NZ on the South Island (in the Mt Cook, Wanaka, Queensland, and Fiordland areas). All of our accommodations were at highly...

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Taking the long twisting driveway from the main road you know immediately this is going to be a special place. Coming round the last bend in the drive you...

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Everything was exceptional, from the food to the luscious bathrobes, to the insane views, to the crazy cute lambs.

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Spent 4 nights at Cabot Lodge. It’s a magical place. Can’t recommend it highly enough. Stunning location. Wonderfully gracious hosts.

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Words fail - So I will just say thank you so much for one of the highlights of our trip - we will definitely be seeing you again

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We’ve stayed here twice now. Brad and Breidi are awesome hosts! The location is stunning, the rooms are great, with epic views and the food cooked by...

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Your lodge is exceptional In its hospitality, location, beauty and décor.

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This is a place that you need to put on your bucket list. The exclusive 4 bedroom lodge sits on a private hill high above Lake Manapouri and the snow...

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This is truly an amazing place in an amazing part of the country. The scenery is stunning, the accommodation luxury and the kiwi hospitality of Brad and...

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Don’t leave home till you have seen the Cabot Lodge. Simply exceptional in all areas no more so than the family customised approach by a go ahead...

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From the moment you arrive, you are met with the warmest welcome, Breidi and Brad are the most gracious hosts The Suites are absolutely beautiful, they are...

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