Idyllically remote Cabot Lodge, on the fringes of Fiordland National Park, is worth visiting for the elevated Lake Manapouri views alone, though elegant and sophisticated suites plus hearty homecooked fare sourced straight from the farm itself certainly help!
The beauty of Cabot Lodge is that, in addition to the unbeatable setting, luxe guestrooms, and gourmet homecooked cuisine, you also get the kind of authentic Kiwi experience that just can’t be taught.
This is largely thanks to the multi-generation, family-owned farm in which the lodge sits, within no less than 2,000 acres of private land and 4,000 head of sheep on your doorstep, as is nearby Lake Manapouri and wider natural wonders of New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park.
Another highlight of staying at Cabot Lodge is the dining experience here, with a changeable (and seasonal) gourmet menu running throughout the day, from just-collected eggs and homemade bread in the morning to locally reared produce and fine New Zealand wine at night, everything has either been grown onsite or sourced within touching distance of Cabot’s open-plan kitchen.
The outdoor spaces are also just as much of a draw, whether exploring the farmland with your hosts or simply admiring the epic lake and mountain views on the terrace, a real sense of place is always apparent.
Yet during your time at Cabot Lodge you’re also staying in a highly exclusive and beautifully adorned Fiordland property, with only four spacious and elegant suites, rustic-chic communal spaces such as the living room complete with fireplace and a library of books, plus plenty of modernity too such as the glass-clad bathrooms, walk-in rain showers and so on.
This tantalising combination of real Kiwi rural life, outright farmhouse comforts, complete isolation, family hosts and top New Zealand cuisine is what makes Manapouri’s Cabot Lodge so special.
1/12 - Exterior of hotel, Cabot Lodge, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
2/12 - exterior of hotel from sky, Cabot Lodge, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
3/12 - inner garden at Cabot Lodge, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
4/12 - Dining outside at Cabot Lodge, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
5/12 - dining room in Cabot Lodge, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
6/12 - relaxing dining at Cabot Lodge, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
7/12 - bedroom 28 at Cabot Lodge, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
8/12 - bedroom 29 at Cabot Lodge, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
9/12 - bathroom at Cabot Lodge, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
10/12 - bathroom at Cabot Lodge, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
11/12 - relaxing in bath at Cabot Lodge, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
12/12 - Interior of room at Cabot Lodge, Queenstown, South Island, New Zealand
The four suites available at Cabot Lodge are all relatively similar in terms of their upmarket interior design of both rustic elements and contemporary touches alike, all natural wood, lots of light and locally-inspired artworks throughout. Bathrooms are also modern with a walk-in rain shower for every room and a separate standalone bathtub for some, plus outdoor space, super-king-size beds, comfortable lounge areas and a fireplace in two of the four rooms. The Two-bedroom Suite is a great option for families while the Premier has its own kitchenette, though each is equally well-equipped and enjoys wonderous lake views too.
Deluxe Courtyard Suite
Restaurants and Bars
Dining at Cabot Lodge is a lesson in gourmet seasonal produce, with everything on the daily changing menu here having been either grown on the farm itself, caught or reared nearby. Think freshly fished salmon from the lake, homemade jam and pastries or eggs collected that morning for breakfast and fine New Zealand wine on the terrace each evening; a gastronome’s delight.
Activities and Entertainment
Being situated on the fringes of Fiordland National Park, you could not be better placed to explore the best of nearby Lake Manapouri and its surrounds – in addition to the farm activities and tours provided by your hosts. Hiking through the forests or taking a helicopter ride over Fiordland National Park are both unmissable experiences, as well as kayaking the fiords of Milford and Doubtful Sounds or seeking out a hidden waterfall along endless walking trails that surround the estate.
Cabot Lodge is an unashamedly straightforward place, focusing more on the great outdoors and this stunning location, rather than five-star facilities onsite. The grounds speak for themselves, though a comfortable lounge area is full of books and games, a piano and fireplace, while your hosts will be more than happy to arrange anything extra on top.
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