The Experience

Blanket Bay Lodge

Blanket Bay is situated just outside of Glenorchy, a small town at the northern head of Lake Wakatipu. Bordered on two sides by National Parks, the tiny village sits against a backdrop of rugged high country, beautiful mountains, glacier fed rivers and ancient beech forests. It is here that Peter Jackson chose to film the epic movie trilogy, Lord of the Rings.  Glenorchy is the jumping off point for three of the most famous walking tracks in New Zealand, (the Routeburn, the Greenstone/Caples, and the Rees/Dart). The Dart River is famous for its jet boat trips into the Mount Aspiring National Park.

Accommodation at Blanket Bay is provided in five intimate Lodge Rooms, three generous Lodge Suites in the main lodge, and four superb Chalet Suites all filled with sumptuous furnishings and elegant rugs. Natural materials are showcased throughout, echoing the Lodge’s natural interaction with the environment. All rooms within the lodge are placed to take full advantage of the magnificent lake and mountain vistas.

The elegant Lake View Evening Dining Room with beamed ceiling and stone fireplace is where dinner is served on individual tables. For the more intimate occasion, the Wine Cave is a perfect venue for private dining and can be reserved for up to six people. Under a clear southern sky The Terrace is a magnificent setting with the fire behind and the mountain and lake vistas unfolding around you.  Blanket Bay is pleased to have Brendan Downer as their Executive Chef.

Swimming pool, steam rooms, fully equipped gym, game room, wine cave, speed boat, private jetty and beach complement the extraordinary fishing, hiking, riding and water sports activities.  Try fishing the nearby Greenstone and Caples rivers, heli excursions to Milford Sound, Jet boating and canoeing the Dart river along with extensive heli-skiing in the winter months. These are just a few of thepossibilities.  Blanket Bay Lodge sets a new standard in New Zealand nature experience.

Terms & Conditions

We are a non Smoking Property. We regret we are unable to accommodate children under the age of ten years.

Seasonal Closure Dates:

We close for four weeks each year for the month of June

Heed the call of the wild at magnificent Blanket Bay, one of New Zealand’s premier lodges. Whether your outdoor dream is fly-casting for wild trout in glistening mountain streams or taking long hikes through remote beech forests and alpine flora, this is one of Mother Nature’s crown jewels. Take a horseback ride to Lake Wakatipu or visit local wineries. Later, cozy up in your sumptuous room, with its private terrace overlooking all this natural splendor. Dinner, served in the Lake View Evening Dining Room, is complemented by your choice of the region’s finest pinot noirs, rieslings and chardonnays.
In the Know
The stone-clad Wine Cave provides the perfect intimate setting for a private dinner to celebrate a special occasion.Distance from Queenstown Airport (ZQN): 50 minutes Guests Receive:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • Early check-in/late check-out
    • subject to availability
  • A complimentary lunch or dinner for up to two people per room
    • once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities
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