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New Zealand

Fiordland Lodge

South Island
Accommodations
Diverse Lodging Options // Capacity - 27 Guests
Season
November-April
Species
Brown & Rainbow Trout
Ideal For
Families & Couples
Luxury Accommodations Overlooking Lake Te Anau
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Set on a hill overlooking Lake Te Anau with uninterrupted views in all directions, Fiordland Lodge combines hospitality, luxury, and comfort in style. With its enormous beams of Douglas fir, the magnificent timber architecture of this South Island fishing outpost is reminiscent of a classic North American fishing lodge but with all the internal charm that a luxury New Zealand lodge can offer. The lodge contains the largest river stone fireplace in the entire country and it serves as a grandiose centerpiece in a spacious, yet sumptuous room that beckons visitors to sit down, relax, and stay awhile. Located just outside the township of Te Anau, Fiordland Lodge is situated in the heart of a stunning national park of the same name, and therefore, in one of the greatest fishing destinations in the Southern Alps. Te Anau is also the gateway to Fiordland National Park, which is home to two dramatic fiord-like sounds: the more serene Doubtful Sound and the iconic Milford Sound, which has been described by Rudyard Kipling as the eighth “Wonder of the World.”
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Lodging Details
There is an ideal room style for every guest who arrives at Fiordland Lodge. The main lodge contains nine spacious and tastefully decorated lodge rooms and deluxe rooms as well as one executive suite, all of which look out over the lodge lawn and to the spectacular mountains in the distance beyond the lake. Four of the five rooms on the ground floor are interconnecting, which are perfect for families and groups traveling together. The main room in the lodge has an extensive library upstairs and several cozy couches downstairs on which you may sit and read or enjoy the view with a cup of tea. There are also two self-contained log cabins on the property that can accommodate groups of up to five each—ideal for couples and families, or simply those guests who prefer additional solitude. Should you ever need anything from the civilized world, Te Anau is only a 10-minute drive away. Altogether, the rooms at Fiordland lodge are luxurious, comfortable, and above all, the perfect place to turn in for the night after a long day of fishing and a delicious meal in the lodge.

Food and Beverages
Cocktail hour precedes the evening meal and guests are invited to relax in any of the well-furnished seating areas within the main lodge—or perhaps by the 11m tall Riverstone fireplace—before migrating to the dining room. The in-house restaurant at Fiordland Lodge is incredibly special, not only for the panoramic views it affords its diners but also for the delectable cuisine it offers.  Food is a tremendous priority here and everything on the mouthwatering menu is very fresh and either locally-grown, sustainably produced, homemade, or harvested from the onsite garden. The menu changes daily, so you can experience as much New Zealand food as possible and avoid eating the same dish twice. It should be noted that the wine list is incredible, featuring many varietals from vineyards around the country and the world.

Typical Length of Stay
Trips of any length can be arranged. There is no set change-over day, so guests can arrive and depart on any day of the week.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
Fiordland Lodge is the perfect place from which to base an adventurous experience in this virtually untouched World Heritage Area, which is easily one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand. Beyond fly fishing, there are innumerable activities available to guests of the lodge to ensure a fully rounded experience. For novice anglers, children or guests just wanting to try something different, there is the Fish Jet experience on the Waiau River, which holds up to 600 fish per kilometer. Simply step aboard the jet boat and explore pristine scenery whilst throwing a fishing lure at the bank as you go. Jetboat trips without fishing are also available on the Wairaurahiri River. Fiordland National Park is laced with hundreds of tramping (hiking) trails ranging in length from fifteen minutes to eight days! Guests can choose from guided nature walks to heli-hikes and independent excursions to any of the nearby tramps. Multi-day options are plentiful, with three of New Zealand’s “Great Walks” trailheads located less than an hour away from the lodge (Routeburn Track: 2-3 d, Kepler Track: 4-5 d, and the famous Milford Track: 4 d). There are also great day hikes to Key Summit and Lake Marian or you can go check out the Glowworm Caves nearby by night.

A trip to Fiordland National Park would not be complete without a visit to one of the mystical fiord-like sounds on the west coast of New Zealand. Milford Sound is considered the more famous and most visited of the two major sounds with the iconic Mitre Peak soaring straight up out of the water to an altitude of 5,551 feet above sea level. Guests can fly into the sound by plane or helicopter, or simply take the stunning drive—a route chiseled out of the sheer rock mountains covered in waterfalls and glaciers. If tranquility is what you crave, a visit to the secluded waters of Doubtful Sound will haunt you with the sound of silence and enchant you with its rugged beauty. Both sounds can be explored by boat, kayak, or air. With a helipad just out on the front lawn, a plethora of adventures are possible using this exciting mode of transit—and Fiordland Lodge uses only reliable professional operators. From a helicopter, you can hike, fish, bike, or simply take in some of the most breathtaking scenery on the planet. Please call us to help you arrange hiking excursions or helicopter experiences in advance.

Internet / Communications
Wireless internet is available in every room and in the main lodge and most cell phones do pick up the reception at the lodge.

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