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Blanket Bay

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Main Lodge

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Main Lodge - Blanket Bay. Copyright Blanket Bay.

Discover why there is no place in the world like Blanket Bay

The Lodge at Blanket Bay sits within sprawling grounds on the bush-clad fringes of Lake Wakatipu. Built in the grand style of the finest alpine Lodges and finished with native New Zealand timber and stone, the Lodge is a sanctuary of comfort.

The long driveway meanders across green pastures dotted with grazing sheep. To the north, magnificent views of Mount Earnslaw. Further along, stunning views of Lake Wakatipu open up on your left, and looming ahead across the lake is the grandeur of the Humboldt mountain range. It's here where the world famous Greenstone and Routeburn tracks begin.

In the Great Room vast couches and antique furniture invite guests to sit and wind-down from the day's activities. In this spectacular room at the heart of the Lodge, thirty-foot high bridge beam ceilings soar above the framed view through massive windows. Come and relax, read a book in front of the crackling fire, or just sit back and enjoy the view.

Pre-dinner cocktails are a time to mingle with your fellow guests and are served from 6.30pm in the Great Room and The Den, .

Our Games Room is complete with its own pool table, shuffle board and television lounge with 60' screen and satellite channel access. If you prefer, backgammon, chess, cards and an extensive DVD library are all available. The self serve bar, stocked with beer and soft drinks, is open any time at no extra charge.

The Lodge Health Facilities feature separate male and female steam rooms and locker rooms which adjoin the Lodge spa pool looking out across Lake Wakatipu to the Humboldt Mountains. A perfect location for a relaxing soak after a workout in the gym or an active day in the outdoors. Workout using the latest and best equipment with unsurpassed views of the Humboldt Mountains. Our gym is fully equipped with a Vectra Multi Station and Life Fitness Cardio Equipment.

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Relax within our elegant yet rustic lodge surrounded by majestic alpine scenery.

Nestled amidst rugged snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is New Zealand's finest Lodge – Blanket Bay. Here we celebrate the art of pure relaxation.

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, jetboating and kayaking, 4WD tours, horse riding, art trails and vineyards, plus flight-seeing over the World Heritage Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound.

We invite you to stay and find out why 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.

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Review date:   February 19, 2018 5:28AM
Review:   Blanket Bay is exceptional in every way. We stayed one night in a lodge room with spectacular lake and mountain views. The lodge is beautifully designed, has stunning decor and the very best facilities. Every room takes in the incredible views. The restaurant is fine dining at its best with an impressive wine list. The staff were very attentive and every little detail was taken care of from the moment we arrived. We would recommend staying here over hotels in Queenstown if you are looking for that once in a life time memorable experience.
Author:   Julie Stewart
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Review date:   July 21, 2018 11:51AM
Review:   Magical location, wonderful hosts. Pics from 2009 and 2018 visits. Twice in a lifetime place.
Author:   Bruce Case
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Review date:   August 4, 2018 12:31AM
Review:   A truly amazing experience to stay here.
Author:   Ann Vallance
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Review date:   June 10, 2018 9:21PM
Review:   Wonderful place with breathtaking scenery however the food is average.
Author:   Elvis Lennon
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Review date:   May 29, 2018 5:01AM
Review:   There is nothing to say other than I can't wait till my next visit.!
Author:   siobhan furrie
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