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 rated luxury places along the way. That said, I can confidently state that the Cabot Lodge was by far the best place that we stayed at in NZ. The owners, Breidi and Brad, are a sheer delight. They are incredibly warm and friendly hosts, have amazing attention to detail, and provide top notch service. The lodge and rooms are impeccable... on par with the best luxury accommodations I have stayed in worldwide. The food prepared by Brad (both dinner and breakfast) was excellent. The location is perfect for exploring the Fiordland area (Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, Kepler track and other area day hiking) The combination of the owners/hosts, the amazing location and views, and first class facilities make this a very special place. In hindsight, I wished we had stayed in the Fiordlands area longer (could have spent a week there) and I would have only stayed at the Cabot Lodge (we stayed at multiple places in the Fiordlands area). Rest assured we will return!
Soutine A, Texas, USA
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 are greeted with magnificent views of the lake and the lodge. The lodge itself could easily feature in grand designs with interconnecting octagonal buildings housing the four suites sitting room and dining room. Before we could get out the car we were greeted by a beaming Bridie who seemed so pleased to see us. After being offered a welcome drink we chose to go on a tour around the property and were introduced to the farm and animals as well as the river where Lord of the Rings was filmed. The room was spotless and huge beds. There was fresh fruit and cookies in the room. The attention to detail surpasses anywhere I have stayed before with too many things to mention here. The evening meal and breakfast was overseen by Brad who cooked up an amazing lamb dish and the breakfast was just as good and was cooked to order. Bridie and Brad's passion and enthusiasm for the Lodge is very clear to see. The lodge is excellently located for Fjordland being 5 minutes from Manapouri for the cruise to Doubtful Sound and 2 hours to Milford Sound. Bridie took the time to tell us what to see on the road to Milford and her choices did not disappoint. This was our last stop on our road trip around New Zealand and what a way to end the trip. If you are looking for somewhere special to stay I would certainly recommend Cabot Lodge. Marking this 5/5 really does not do it justice.
Docklander, London, United Kingdom
Everything was exceptional, from the food to the luscious bathrobes, to the insane views, to the crazy cute lambs.
Ashley & Mike, San Francisco
Spent 4 nights at Cabot Lodge. It’s a magical place. Can’t recommend it highly enough. Stunning location. Wonderfully gracious hosts.
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
Lance & Naomi, California, U.S.A
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 Brad is awesome. Brad will give you a tour of his beehives, or Breidi will take you on the farm tour of their 2,000 acres, with deer and sheep. Can’t recommend this place enough!
Andy and Diana, Kapiti Coast, New Zealand
Your lodge is exceptional In its hospitality, location, beauty and décor.
Kimberley, Sydney, Australia
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 covered mountains of Fiordland National park. Views to die for and that is just the beginning. It is owned and run by a lovely young couple who are related to the owners of the farming station that it is nestled in. The farm is extensive with cows, sheep and more recently deer. The lodge is about as nice as they come with the lodge owners (Breidi and Brad) having all the right makeup to be fantastic hosts - personable and friendly, (but not over the top) knowledgeable of the area, having a very interesting story of their own and demonstrating fantastic attention to detail when it comes to customer service. We stayed in the Premier Suite which had a large spacious room delicious bed, a well appointed separate dining room and kitchenette, a sitting area facing the mountains, and a lovely heated floor bathroom with a bath with a view. Breakfast and dinners were superb, serving foods mostly grown in their own gardens and cooked by Brad who is an accomplished new chef, clearly loving the challenge of delivering tasty and fresh food to their guests. There is a cosy lounge area to which you are invited before dinner for canapés and drinks on the house. It’s a great opportunity to meet other guests who are staying. Pre-covid serving almost exclusively Americans, the lodge is now serving mostly Kiwis. Surprisingly serving Americans was never meant to be the only plan, but the hosts have been surprised and grateful to be finally discovered by their own countrymen. You won’t be let down.
Tracy and Phil, Wellington, New Zealand
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 Briedi second to none. Loved the little touches like the evening drinks and canapes, the note by the bed at night with the weather and menu for tomorrow and then at breakfast the printed plan for the day. Brad's cooking was amazing. The farm tour thoroughly interesting too. We left relaxed and feeling very special.
Deanna C, Auckland, New Zealand
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 young couple Brad and Breidi. A fabulous luxury base for a multitude of activities. We loved the working farm with deer, sheep and bees
Alan L, Bangkok, Thailand
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 tastefully decorated, have spectacular views from every room and you are surrounded by heavenly gardens. We were spoiled from the moment we arrived, delicious canapes every evening, matched wines with every evening meal and designer (made with love and care) breakfasts with everything you heart could desire - what more could a guest ask for?? We stayed for 3 nights as my birthday treat and on the final night Brad lit the fire in the Library and we enjoyed a very special evening discussing our return visit. We just love this place, please come and visit, I know you will love it too.....
Angela M, Tauranga, New Zealand