Cabot Lodge is in the heart of Fiordland, overlooking Lake Manapouri, the Fiordland National Park and the nationally designated Great Walk, the Kepler Track.
Lake Manapouri serves as the gateway to Doubtful Sound, also known as Patea, the ‘place of silence’. Doubtful Sound is ten times larger than its well-known cousin Milford Sound, and is almost untouched by man. The extraordinary sound with awe inspiring mountains, wildlife and waterfalls can be reached by boat, departing daily five minutes from Cabot Lodge.
Milford Sound, possibly the most photographed location in New Zealand, can be reached by vehicle via the spectacular Milford Road, which begins 20 minutes from Cabot Lodge. Milford Sound has been called the 'eighth wonder of the world', and with cascading waterfalls and sheer cliff faces emerging from inky blue waters, visitors will soon see why.
The landscape of the Fiordland National Park, the largest national park in New Zealand, was carved by glaciers over 100,000 years ago. The park showcases breathtaking fiords, ancient rainforests and snowy mountain peaks. It is also home to four of New Zealand's eleven Great Walks, the Milford, Routeburn, Hump Ridge and Kepler tracks, earning Fiordland's title as the 'Walking Capital of the World'.
The abundant wildlife is another key element of Fiordland’s charm, home to several threatened native animals, as well as Bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, Fiordland crested penguins, and the cheeky mountain parrot, the Kea.
Underwater, Fiordland is just as surreal. The fiords support the world's largest population of black coral trees - some of them up to 200 years old. The underwater environment is extremely unique. As Fiordland's rainfall is drained through dense native forests, it is darkened and this dark freshwater does not mix with the sea water of the fiords, but sits on top and limits the light that reaches into the depths, allowing coral to survive at much shallower depths than normally possible.
The stunning Lake and vibrant township of Te Anau is a mere 15 minute drive from Cabot Lodge, and offers visitors a variety of eateries, from boutique food trucks to award winning restaurants, as well as shopping, lovely hikes, the well-loved glowworm caves, bird park, and stunning nature reserves.