This three night package is for the active explorer, wanting to not only view the breathtaking scenery in Fiordland, but be a part of the action.
This adventurous package has been crafted for complete privacy, with remote and privately guided wilderness experiences. Across two days guests will enjoy the thrill of trout fishing on the breathtaking Waiau River, hike one of New Zealand's Great Walks, soar above the Fiordland National Park and kayak in one of the most stunning locations on earth, Doubtful Sound.
Day One - Guests will be collected after breakfast by their private guide and transferred to the Waiau River, where a boat will await them to venture deep into the Fiordland National Park on the hunt for the prized Fiordland trout. After a morning on the water, guests will take to the skies for a short scenic helicopter flight, landing on top of Mount Luxmore for a picnic lunch. Guests will then get the chance to explore Fiordland on foot, for an easy-going three-hour downhill walk on the famous Kepler track, crossing through alpine terrain and descending into lush rainforest. Upon reaching the shores of Lake Te Anau, guests will take a water taxi across the lake where they will be met by Cabot Lodge staff for the short return drive to Cabot Lodge.This is a fantastic way to experience Fiordland from the air, water and land all in one day.
Day Two - Guests will begin their second day of adventure with a helicopter pick up from outside their suite at Cabot Lodge, flying over Lake Manapouri towards the Fiordland mountains. These dramatic mountains rise almost vertically and create a barrier between the east coast and the west coast of New Zealand. Once across the main divide, Doubtful Sound will present itself in magnificent fashion. Being 10 times larger than Milford Sound, there is plenty to see from the helicopter, including hidden alpine lakes and rushing waterfalls. Upon descent into Doubtful Sound, guests will get up close and personal with their remote surroundings, exploring the sheltered coves and shorelines of Doubtful Sound by kayak with a private guide. Paddling out on the fiord, kayakers will get the chance to view Fiordland’s wildlife, including dolphins, fur seals and occasionally penguins. After a gourmet picnic lunch surrounded by the sound of waterfalls and native birds, guests will once again take to the skies, flying over the Fiordland National Park and enjoying a remote alpine landing, before returning to Cabot Lodge. It is only in the vast landscape of Doubtful Sound that guests can truly experience the sound of silence.
Active Fiordland includes three nights’ accommodation in our Deluxe Suite with daily cooked breakfast, set-menu evening meal, and an on-farm activity.
Active Fiordland is $14,939 NZD for two persons.