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Blanket Bay

Nestled amidst rugged snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is one of New Zealand’s finest lodges – Blanket Bay.   

In this spectacular corner of New Zealand discover endless ways to restore your physical and spiritual well-being. There is nowhere else on Earth where there are so many activities so close by – fly-fishing and heli-skiing, the country’s best hiking on the Routeburn or Milford Tracks, jet boating and kayaking, 4WD tours, horse riding, art trails and vineyards, plus flight-seeing over the World Heritage Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound.  

Blanket Bay is consistently voted one of the world’s best Lodges by many prestigious publications and organizations such as Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, Virtuoso, Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, The Robb Report and Small Luxury Hotels of the World, to name a few.

The Blanket Bay Lodge sits at the north end of Lake Wakatipu against a backdrop of New Zealand's finest scenery and just forty five minutes from the world famous resort town of Queenstown, New Zealand's activity and adventure center.  

During the gold rush of the 1860s, miners came to this place, seeking their fortunes, first at the Invincible Goldmine in the Rees Valley and later, at "Wyuna" itself, where there are the remains of over 20 sheelite mines.  

Today's travelers come to the Lodge at Blanket Bay in search of peace and solitude from the outside world. The area has some of New Zealand's finest scenery and visitor activities, ensuring our guests have plenty of enjoyable options to choose from during their stay.

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Room Information

Luxury Lodge Room
The lakeside Lodge Rooms each feature their own balcony or terrace, super-king size bed, sitting area and armoire. The en suite bathrooms are lavishly appointed with granite topped double vanities, separate shower and bathtub.

Luxury Lodge Suites

The Lodge Suites are air conditioned and have super king size beds. Each Suite is equipped with international direct dial telephones and high speed internet connection.

Luxury Lodge Chalet Suites
The Chalets reflect New Zealand colonial architecture and complement the Main Lodge with the use of schist stone and old steamer wharf timber beams.

Luxury Lodge Chalet Staterooms
Each Chalet Suite can be combined with an additional spacious living room to create the Stateroom. The Staterooms contain a Chalet Suite connecting with a living room, each with their own stone fireplace, lake deck, and private courtyards.
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Things To Do


Milford Sound Tour: Take a scenic helicopter flight or fly in a light aircraft with Glenorchy Air of Milford Sound.

Scenic Helicopter Flights:In association with Heliworks, experience a birds-eye view of this breathtaking alpine landscape.

Hiking: Walk the nearby renowned Routeburn and Greenstone Tracks. Alternatively, having hiked The Milford Track, often described as "the finest walk in the world", Blanket Bay is the ideal 'recovery' option.

Horse riding and mountain biking: Easily arranged by the Front Office team at the Lodge.

Fishing and Heli-fishing: Legendary American travel writer Zane Grey once described New Zealand as "an angler's El Dorado". The professional guides take you to wild and untouched rivers offering the best fly-fishing in the world.

Other Activities: Explore the spectacular Dart River by jet boat or kayak, departure by arrangement from the jetty.

Heli-skiing: During winter (July to September), the surrounding mountains only minutes away from the Lodge, is some of the finest powder snow skiing in the world.
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Sample Itineraries

Blanket Bay can be included in any of our itineraries. Call a Swain Destinations Specialist today at 1-800-227-9246.

Price Guide

$ = Up to $100
$$ = $100 to $199
$$$ = $200 to $349
$$$$ = $350 to $599
$$$$$ = $600 +

Price per person, per night.