Fiordland, South Island

BBQ Area 18 Motu au Close Cottage

BBQ Area – 18 Motu au Close Cottage

Pearl Harbour, Manapouri - just two minutes walk from your home!

Master Bedroom with ensuite at 18 Motu au Close Cottage

Lounge at 8 Motu au Close Cottage

Kitchen at 18 Motu au Close Cottage

Bedroom 3 at No 18 Motu au Close Cottage

Bedroom 2 at 18 Motu au Close Cottage

Games and books at Motu au Close Cottages

Kepler Mountain View – our friendly alpacas

Motu-au Close Cottages

Kepler Mountain View provides eco-friendly family accommodation in Manapouri, Fiordland that ticks the boxes!  Quiet street, walking distance to lake, close to amenities plus fully self-contained with the warmth and extras of a true kiwi home.
Doubtful Sound departures are just two minutes walk away!  We offer a choice of a two or three bedroom home sleeping up to 8, with heaps of outdoor space, BBQ and decks, comfy, well-stocked lounge, laundry, TV, games and books and of course those sensational Fiordland views!
We give you free WiFi plus complimentary pantry goodies on arrival PLUS, bring the kids to meet and feed our Alpacas during your stay!  Our Alpaca farm tour is complimentary for guests of Kepler Mountain View and Motu-au Close Cottages.

Accommodation Options

No. 16 Motu-au Close Cottage
New, self-contained two-bedroom cottage surrounded by Fiordland National Park
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No. 18 Mou-au Close Cottage
New, self-contained three-bedroom cottage surrounded by Fiordland National Park
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Kepler Mountain View Cottage
Located on our rural 12 acre alpaca farm, this one-bedroom, fully self-contained cottage provides farmstay accommodation with open plan living/dining/kitchen, complete with laundry.
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Our Manapouri accommodations are all fully insulated and constructed from renewable resources. We use a professional cleaner in all our holiday homes to ensure the properties are presented to a high consistant standard, using eco friendly cleaning products.

At Kepler Mountain View our water supply is fresh Fiordland rainwater which has no need for chemical processing. Enjoy drinking and showering in Fiordland’s pure rain water.

We are carbon positive with a 25 hectare forestry block planted in 1995 which off sets our own carbon footprint.


Jessie or Ray will take you onto the farm and into various paddocks so you can meet and mingle with the alpacas. Hand feed alpacas and learn about how they are farmed in New Zealand and the qualities of their fleece and much more. There are plenty of photo opportunities with the alpacas – they are super-cute and photogenic!  Follow with a visit to Wild Wool Gallery where you can view products made from alpaca fibre and see and touch processed alpaca fibre.

Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

Auckland destination2


New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.