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Blanket Bay Lodge, New Zealand

The location and reasons to visit:

Just 40 minutes’ drive from Queenstown, New Zealand, South Island. The highly scenic drive is alongside Lake Wakatipu, and Blanket Bay Lodge is set at the north end of the lake amongst New Zealand’s best scenery.  

Review of the Blanket Bay Lodge, New Zealand:

Amazing. Quite honestly, it’s an amazing place and one of my favourites on this whole planet. The food, service, location, scenery and every aspect of Blanket Bay is truly excellent.

The buildings are constructed from local wood and stone and the rooms and suites are luxurious. I stayed in a chalet suite in the grounds, with spectacular views over the lake and snow-capped mountain peaks. There is plenty to do, for those who like activities, although my choice was for the peace and solitude of the chalet suite. There’s a well-equipped gym, a games room and various activities from fly-fishing, heli-fishing, heli-skiing, hiking, horse riding, jet-boating, helicopter tours to Milford Sound which also land on glacial ice and mountain-tops, plus others.  

The package price includes a most delicious breakfast, all soft drinks and pre-dinner drinks and cocktails, together with a fantastic gourmet evening meal prepared by a chef who certainly knows how to prepare some of the most delicious food I’ve experienced anywhere in the world.

Blanket Bay is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group and absolutely justifies its inclusion in the organisation. A brilliant place.


Within the grounds


Blanket Bay Lodge and a small area of the grounds


Some of the chalet-suites.


The view from the chalet-suite.


Blanket Bay Lodge, to the left, in the distance


Blanket Bay Lodge, set against snow-capped peaks


The lake shore area


The lake shore setting for Blanket Bay Lodge