F I O R D L A N D 


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 home to four of New Zealand's ten Great Walks, the Milford, Routeburn, Hump Ridge and Kepler tracks, earning Fiordland's title as the 'Walking Capital of the World'. 


Lake Manapouri, visible from every room of Cabot Lodge, 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 abundant wildlife is a 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.

Fiordland is also one of only two locations in the country where visitors can view glowworms. These mesmerising insects are located on the shores of Lake Te Anau in a network of limestone caves filled with sculpted rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall.


Fiordland comprises two urban centers, Manapouri and Te Anau. Cabot Lodge overlooks Lake Manapouri, with the vibrant lake and township of Te Anau a mere 15 minute drive from the Lodge. The townships offer visitors a variety of eateries, from boutique food trucks to award winning restaurants, as well as shopping, a bird park, and stunning nature reserves.

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