Cabot Lodge is in the heart of Fiordland, overlooking the peaceful lakeside village of Manapouri, as well as Lake Manapouri, New Zealand's second deepest lake, containing 33 islands and abundant secluded sandy beaches
Lake Manapouri serves as the gateway to Dusky Sound and 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 Dusky and Doubtful Sounds can be reached by boat, departing daily from the boundary of Cathedral Peaks Station.
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, sheer cliff faces emerging from inky blue waters, and towering mountain ranges, visitors will soon see why.
Cabot Lodge borders the Fiordland National Park, the largest national park in New Zealand and one of the largest in the world. The landscape, carved by glaciers over 100,000 years ago, showcases breathtaking fiords, ancient rainforests and snowy mountain peaks. The tallest waterfall in New Zealand, Sutherland Falls, is also located in the Fiordland National Park.
Fiordland is known as the ‘Walking Capital of the World’ with more than 600 kilometres of tracks for visitors to explore, and three of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks located here - the Milford, Routeburn, and Kepler tracks.
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.