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“Supreme NZ lodge experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Fiordland Lodge
5.0 of 5 Lodge   |   472 Te Anau Milford Highway, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park SD 9681, New Zealand   |  
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Supreme NZ lodge experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

6 km out of Te Anau town. Built in 2002 on a ridge, featuring natural timbers & uninterrupted stunning panoramic views of lake and mountains. All rooms including the Great Room/lounge, restaurant and bedrooms capitalise on the views. Flanked by farmland with sheep, cattle; an organic garden provides vegetables for the restaurant. Deluxe room on the second level had superb views. The small restaurant provides dinner from 7 PM, offering 2 choices for entree and 2 for mains as well as several desserts: exquisite meals match top restaurants in Auckland (for example). Menu features local ingredients: the wild venison was perfect. Overall ambience: relaxed quiet luxury with excellent attentive staff. Breakfast from 7 AM was great. High-quality fittings. Expensive but fully justified (cost includes dinner and breakfast, canapés, pre dinner drinks, mini bar). Minor niggles: low shower pressure and only one accessible power plug in the room. A pure NZ experience.

Room Tip: Deluxe rooms maximise the stunning views. All rooms look across the lake.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

This is the sixth stop on our two week family trip around the South Island and as the old adage says it is by far and away the best place we have stayed in NZ.

Ostensibly this was meant to be a two night stop-over in order to visit Milford Sound but it has become a real experience in itself. The Lodge is not big, 10 bedrooms and 2 log cabins, but the service and standard is really 5 star. We - me, my wife and two teenage sons - stayed in the two bedroom log cabin which is secluded and very comfortable indeed. The Lodge itself is impeccably designed and I is entirely wood constructed. The main lounge area is truly spectacular with floor to roof windows facing out onto Lake Te Anau, the Jackson Peaks and the Murchison Mountains. What a place to relax at the end of the day with a glass of Cloudy Bay watching a beautiful red sky sunset.

The level of service is truly world class and highly personalized. We felt so comfortable here and that is hugely thanks to Andy, Jo and Lou to make this happen.

The food is also outstanding - how many times I could use this word about this place. It is fine dining in the evening - and both evenings the menu changed and the food was beautifully presented. My eldest son is vegetarian and they catered for him extremely well as well. Great choice of NZ wine to boot.

Before dinner there is also complimentary cocktails and canapés to start off a great evening as well.

Apparently Peter Jackson booked the entire place out when filming The Hobbit locally. That should tell you something as well. Recent guest also include Sir Ian McKellon and Andy Sirkis for you LOTR maniacs as well.

We stayed two night s and I could I have stayed a month.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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vacation472, Manager at Fiordland Lodge, responded to this review, April 19, 2014
Dear Gary and family,
Thank you so much for feeling inspired to post your review to share your appraisal, we are delighted Fiordland Lodge lived up to your expectations and it was a pleasure to have your family here with us as you concluded your holiday to New Zealand. We were pleased you enjoyed the stunning scenery and pristine wilderness surroundings of Fiordland Lodge.

The difference between a good and great experience is very important to us - in fact it's what we strive for and I really appreciate your kind comments regarding the staff and your comments regarding meals are most appreciated. Our small kitchen team pride on themselves making sure all dietary requests are catered for and craft individual guest menus to accommodate all tastes and requirements.

I enjoyed our chats and good luck in support of your team Liverpool in the EPL, 1990 is a long time to wait since your last premiership title. Have a safe journey back to Scotland and all the very best.
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Jakarta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Wonderful lodge with super scenic view, very nice room, i love the bath room.
Delicious food and warm service. We travelled in December, but i would like to revisit over winter. Either way I will definately comes back again...

Room Tip: Forget not to try NZ' s famous chardonnay *Cloudy Bay*
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Fiordland Lodge was the top accommodation (by far the best) that we had during our 1 month trip around New Zealand. Andy and his staff were very warm and welcoming and the service, food and room was wonderful. The lodge and property itself and the surrounding area is just unbelievable and we were very sorry to have to leave after 2 days. We could have stayed forever. We highly recommend the Fiordland Lodge if you are in the Te Anau area, and make a point to visit there if you haven't already done so.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Spent three nights at Fiordland Lodge in late February/early March. A wonderful place to stay! Every thing about it was perfect. Large and comfortable first floor Lodge Room, very well furnished and equipped with amazing views of the stars, the lake and the mountains. Could imagine Mordor in the far distance beyond the snow capped peaks! Andy and his team made us feel so welcome. All the staff were friendly and attentive without being intrusive, always willing to take time to talk to the guests and to go beyond what would normally be expected in meeting the needs and wishes of guests. Breakfasts and dinners were excellent and we loved the opportunity to get to know other guests over a cocktail and canapes during the pre-dinner happy hour. We chose the Lodge as a base for visiting Milford and Doubtful Sounds. While it was a great base for seeing something of Fiordland it was very much more than simply a place to stay. A great destination in its own right. Andy and his team are to be congratulated on making the Lodge so much more than simply a wonderful building in a perfect location. We hope to be able to return.

Room Tip: For the views, rooms on the first floor
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bellaire, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

We spent two night at the Fiordland Lodge and was surprised by the upscale character of the property. From the comfortable rooms and the amazing gourmet food, everything was top-notch. All of the staff was very friendly and took very good care of us.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

In addition to a great setting bordering the lake, with a wonderful lodge, the staff has been nothing but great! They were very attentive to our needs, giving tips and even offering for free to do some laundry. Not only it is a great stay, the lodge was remote, quiet and very well furnished but the lodge cuisine is very exquisite (special *** to fish and breaky) that is really the expectation for a great honeymoon stay

Stayed February 2014
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Andy C, Manager at Fiordland Lodge, responded to this review, March 1, 2014
Bonjour from Fiordland Lodge!

Congratulations on your recent marriage and thanks for choosing Fiordland Lodge for your honeymoon. Thank you for sharing your comments as we are indeed pleased that your time with us provided such fabulous memories.

It was certainly a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed the accommodation, the cuisine and your dining experiences as well as your interactions with the staff. We congratulate you again on your nuptials, and look forward to welcoming you back to Fiordland Lodge.
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Address: 472 Te Anau Milford Highway, Te Anau, Fiordland National Park SD 9681, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Fiordland National Park > Te Anau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Te Anau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Fiordland Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 12
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Fiordland Hotel Te Anau
Fiordland Lodge Te Anau, Fiordland National Park

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