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Fiordland Lodge, Te Anau

Fiordland Lodge, Te Anau, South Island

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On the southernmost tip of 'The land of long white cloud' you'll find one of the most beautiful and sought after destinations in the world – Fiordland. It has achieved World Heritage Status and is home to extraordinary snow capped mountains that rear up to the sky, rivers of ice, deep lakes, sprawling grasslands and the famous Milford and Doubtful Sounds with their abundance of wildlife and spectacular scenery. It is also home to a luxurious Lodge that offers dramatic interiors to match the unimpeded views of the sparkling lake Te Anau and the distant mountains, along with tranquility, privacy and opulent luxury. The perfect base then to explore the region known as the “the walking and sightseeing capital of the world”.

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Fiordland Lodge, Te Anau
  • rooms

    After a busy day of adventuring in the vast wilderness, the rooms here are a haven of tranquility. Retreat and revitalize in the under-stated luxury, rich textures and uninterrupted views out and across the lake.

    Choose from Executive Suites with their wrap around views from the top of the lodge, striking tall glass windows, spacious bedrooms and separate sitting nook with a cosy fireplace. Or the recently renovated Deluxe Lodge rooms offer a more contemporary feel but with the same luxurious comfort and stunning views. There are nine further lodge rooms all offering king sized beds, great views and all the peace and comfort you could wish for.

    For further privacy then there is also the option of the traditionally built log cabins. Beautifully built to compliment the landscape, these overlook the lake and the rural farmland. They also offer luxurious comfort but with plenty of space and sleeping options for up to five people.

  • facilities & activities

    Once you've got finished gazing at the views from the lodge, relaxing in the warm, friendly environment and marvelled at the unique design with its vast open architecture, full tree trunk pillars and enormous riverstone fireplace – the size of which wouldn't look out of place in a giant's house – then it will be time to choose from the smorgasbord of activities that are available here. Surrounded by terrain and the kind of scenery that make it one of the top destinations in New Zealand means every activity is bordering on extraordinary.

    The Lodge specialises in hand picked or personalised packages that combine nature and adventure. Run by the in-house Fiordland guides, these offer spectacular hiking, hunting, bird watching, conservation and fly fishing trips. Excursions to the 'eighth wonder of the world ' - Milford Sound or it's southern sister, Doubtful Sound are available - soak in the flowing waterfalls, mountain peaks that touch the sky and the huge array of wildlife such as orcas, dolphins, seals and penguins. The local knowledge available at the lodge ensures you savour prime positions avoiding the crowds and being picked up and dropped at the doorstep means the day is as simple as you need it to be. And once you've had your fill of exploring nature at its most raw then curl up in front of the roaring fires and savour the peaceful views.

  • dining

    The focus is very much on beautiful dishes that are simple, seasonal and fresh. Partnerships with local suppliers, farmers and talented artisans along with each dish being created entirely from scratch means the menu changes daily and is always is tune with what the environment and nature can offer. Enjoy a home made cocktail (it's cocktail hour every evening here) and savour every bite while enjoying the view across the waters and the night sky at its most vast – untouched by any light pollution. And a delicious a la carte breakfast is the perfect starting point for the day ahead.

  • family

    Please note that children under the age of 5 are not allowed to stay at the Lodge and there is no capacity for cots in the rooms. However, there are connecting rooms and extra beds can be organised (a small fee applies). There are also two separate log cabins available that offer queen sized beds along with either twins or three separate beds. These are situated a little way from the main lodge and are ideal for a family.

    They will run wild in the softly undulating hills on the doorstep and all activities can be personalised to suit little legs. Take them boating on Milford Sound – they will love spotting all kinds of exciting wildlife - and then there's helicopter riding or under water observatories or horse riding or kayaking…...really any kind of outdoor adventuring you can think of. And head offn a magical river boat journey through the Te Anau glow worm caves (just 3 miles from the lodge). A veritable fairyland of enchanting sculptured rocks and caves softly lit and inhabited by the glow worms. Order a packed lunch and disappear for the day.

  • location

    The Lodge is found tucked away from view on the main road that runs to Milford Sound. It sits serenely alone amid rolling grasslands, back dropped by towering mountains and over-looking the largest lake in the South Island. It is just 30km from Te Anau – known as being the 'gateway to fiordland' - and is the closest town to Milford Sound and the 1.2 million hectares of breathtaking scenery the size and scale of which can seem to even dwarf the sky. Easily accessible, it is 2 hours south of both Queenstown and Invercargill airports or 3 hours from Dunedin. The spectacular drive is worth every minute and parking is free at the Lodge. Or take in the views from above by organising a private helicopter flight from Queenstown. You'll be dropped right on the lawn outside, leaving you with little to do but take it all in.

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