10 great reasons to stay at Blanket Bay:

  • dining areas include the elegant Evening Dining Room, the Wine Cave and outdoor dining on the verandah

  • enjoy hiking, heli-hiking or sight-seeing from Blanket Bay

  • or take a kayaking trip, jet-boating, a Lord of the Rings tour, horse trekking, or heli-skiing in winter

  • Queenstown and the Otago wineries and golf courses are within an easy drive

  • the fly fishing is excellent with wild brown and rainbow trout and salmon in the lake and nearby rivers in season

  • one of New Zealand’s finest luxury lodge stays in a stunning South Island location

  • accommodation is a mix of luxury Lodge Rooms, Lodge and Chalet Suites, and Chalet Staterooms - some can be taken as adjoining suites

  • the exclusive-use Blanket Bay Villa and Owner’s Cottage offer an excellent high-quality stay

  • the 10-metre high Great Room offers fabulous views over Lake Wakatipu and a quiet space to relax

  • pre-dinner drinks, dinner and breakfast, and use of lodge facilities are included in the daily rate


Blanket Bay is the cherry on the cake as far as South Island fishing lodges go. Situated on a commanding site at the top end of beautiful Lake Wakatipu it enjoys spectacular alpine views and is surrounded by high mountains and deep rugged valleys.

Built of local stone and solid hardwood timbers no expense has been spared to give guests a fabulous stay. The main lodge is built around a 10 metre high Great Room that looks over the turquoise blue lake to the Humboldt Mountains beyond.  Lodge rooms and suites open off each end, and there are a further four suites in the garden Chalets.

The fishing is excellent, with wild brown and rainbow trout and salmon in the lake and nearby rivers. The lodge is 45 minutes from Queenstown, which is also the nearest airport. In addition to fly-fishing and heli-fishing there is also hiking, skiing and horse riding nearby and the highly regarded Otago wineries are just an hour’s drive away.

There are 5 beautiful Lodge Rooms and 3 Lodge Suites in the main lodge, and 4 Chalet Suites in the grounds - all are fitted out to the highest standard with elegant furnishings and super-size beds. The Blanket Bay Villa and private Owner’s Cottage offer exclusive stays in very elegant surroundings

The Great Room is central to the main lodge and has big views across the lake. Spend time here socialising, sitting by the fire or enjoying pre-dinner drinks.

The a la carte menu changes daily and the cuisine is highly regarded. Meals can be taken in the Evening Dining room, the private Wine Cave or outside on the verandah, overlooking the lake and mountains.

There’s a Games Room downstairs and Health Centre with steam rooms, a therapy suite, spa pool and gym.

There is excellent fishing for wild brown and rainbow trout in the local rivers November through to May. There is also good fishing on the lake all year round for trout and quinnat salmon. The heli-fishing is world-class, with the vast river valleys of Fiordland right on the doorstep

Heli-hiking is also a favourite, with access to the many walks and hiking trails in the Fiordland wilderness area, and heli-skiing in winter. More locally there is also kayaking, jet-boating, Lord of the Rings tours, horse trekking, golf, and the famous Otago wineries.


rates at Blanket Bay - from $NZ 1,150 per room per night for 2