Blanket Bay

Queenstown, New Zealand

Overlooking Lake Wakatipu on New Zealand’s South Island

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At a glance

13 rooms

Renowned as one of the world’s best hideaways, Blanket Bay Hotel is superbly isolated and the perfect spot for a romantic break. Set against the stunning backdrop of the snow-capped Humboldt Mountains and sitting on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, this delightful lodge, with its impeccable standard of cuisine, is a truly comfortable base from which to explore the Milford Sound region of South Island.

Location

Otago. Near Glenorchy and renowned hiking trails including the Routeburn, Greenstone/Caples and Rees/Dart. 45 km from Queenstown Airport.

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Things to enjoy

On-site private stables, spa and steam rooms, health and beauty, boating, world-class fly-fishing.

Number of floors: 3
Number of lifts: 1

In detail

Finished in New Zealand timber and stone, the rooms and suites are divided between the main lodge and separate chalets. Each one is a sanctuary of comfort. Expect polished wood, fine fabrics, elegant rugs, stone fireplaces and panoramic decks or terraces to sit and enjoy in the astounding mountain and lake views.

The best way to see the coastal fiords and Milford Sound is by helicopter. Stand on the mountain tops, touch a glacier and visit the isolated west coast beaches. Return for a relaxing soak in the spa pool overlooking the lake. Have dinner on the outdoor terrace in front of the vast outdoor fireplace and under a clear sky full of stars.

Rooms

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. Only children above 10 years of age are permitted at the lodge.

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Lodge Room

Located in the main lodge. Super king size bed. Lake and mountain view. Private balcony. En-suite bathroom with granite topped double vanity, tub and separate shower. Air-conditioning, IDD phone, complimentary hi speed internet connection, TV, DVD, in-house music, coffee / tea making facility, hairdryer, mini bar, safe, work desk. 580 sq. feet.

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Lodge Suite

Located in the main lodge. Super king size bed. Sumptuous sitting area. Walk-in closet. Lake and mountain view. Open fire, private 400 sq. feet balcony. En-suite bathroom with granite topped double vanity, tub and separate shower. Air-conditioning, IDD phone, complimentary hi speed internet connection, TV, DVD, in-house music, coffee / tea making facility, hairdryer, safe, mini bar, work desk. 700 sq. feet.

Chalet Suite

Located in separate stone and timber beamed chalet with one other suite. Super king size bed. Sumptuous sitting area. Stunning lake and mountain view. Stone fireplace. Private balcony and courtyard. En-suite bathroom with granite topped double vanity, tub and separate shower. Air-conditioning, IDD phone, complimentary high speed internet connection, TV, DVD, in-house music, coffee / tea making facility, hairdryer, safe, mini bar, work desk. 700 sq. feet.

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Chalet State Room

A Chalet Suite combined with separate living area. Super king size bed. Sumptuous sitting area. Lake and mountain view. Private balcony and courtyard. En-suite bathroom with granite topped double vanity, tub and separate shower. AC, IDD phone, complimentary high speed internet connection, coffee / tea making facility, hairdryer, safe, mini bar, work desk.

Services

Blanket Bay consists of The Lodge and two separate chalets each offering two suites. All 13 rooms in The Lodge are lakeside and superbly-appointed with their own balcony or terrace; the suites are phenomenal and so spacious as to make one gasp! At the heart of the Lodge is the 30-foot high Great Room with its vaulted timber beams and vast panorama windows. Three intimate dining rooms serve the delights of classic New Zealand cuisine with a modern twist which, like everything else, leaves you bereft of superlatives. The Lodge arranges all kinds of activities to reveal the vast scale and beauty of the area.


Directory of services

  • Anti allergy amenities inroom
  • Butler service
  • Car Parking ( complimentary )
  • Car rental service
  • CD / DVD library
  • Chauffeur driven car
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Concierge
  • Daily maid service
  • Daily newspaper
  • Direct billing
  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled Rooms
  • Doctor on call
  • DVD /CD Library
  • Exclusive Use
  • Fax machine rental
  • Florist
  • Foreign currency exchange
  • Guests relation services
  • High speed Internet in public areas
  • High speed Internet in guest rooms
  • Honour bar
  • Ice machines
  • IDD telephones
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Internet / E-mail terminal
  • Laptop Rental
  • Laundry service
  • Limousine service
  • Luggage services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Porters
  • Pressing service
  • Room service - restricted hours
  • Shoe shine service
  • Sommelier
  • Turn-down service
  • Valet Parking
  • Voicemail message system
  • Wake up calls
  • Licenced Wedding Ceremonies
  • WI-FI in public areas
  • WI-FI in guest rooms
  • Wine, flowers & fruits in-room

On-site facilities

  • Airline desk
  • Art gallery
  • Boutique/Gift shop
  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Facility
  • Garage
  • Gym/studio (unsupervised)
  • Helipad
  • Jacuzzi
  • Jogging trail
  • Library
  • Luggage storeroom
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Pitch and putt
  • Sauna
  • Spa (unsupervised)
  • Wine Cellar

Family facilities

  • Pool

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Polish

Dining

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.... Executive Chef Corey Hume brings Flavour and Style to Blanket Bay .


Main Dining Room

There are two dining areas within Blanket Bay from which to choose. The Main Dining Room and the intimate Wine Cave for two. Both feature classic New Zeland cuisine with a modern twist. - - Breakfast is served in the main dining room from 7.30 am to 10 am. - - Dinner, which is a limited a la carte menu that changes daily, is served to guests seated at private tables either in the private dining room, the wine cave or on the terrace. - - The main dining and private dining rooms feature views across the lake and large log burning stone fireplaces. Outside dining on the huge terrace with sweeping views down the lake is subject to weather. Dress is smart casual. - - Blanket Bay has two bars. The Den where complimentary pre dinner cocktails are served. Dress is casual. - - The Games Room features a self serve bar offering complimentary beer and soft drinks. This is open 24 hours.

Restaurant details
Type: Main Dining Room
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Opening Hours: 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Smoking: No (Non-Smoking)

Wine Cave

There are two dining areas within Blanket Bay from which to choose. The Main Dining Room and the intimate Wine Cave for two. Both feature classic New Zealand cuisine with a modern twist. - - Breakfast is served in the main dining room from 7.30 am to 10 am. - - Dinner, which is a limited a la carte menu that changes daily, is served to guests seated at private tables either in the private dining room, the wine cave or on the terrace. - - The main dining and private dining rooms feature views across the lake and large log burning stone fireplaces. Outside dining on the huge terrace with sweeping views down the lake is subject to weather. Dress is smart casual. - - Blanket Bay has two bars. The Den where complimentary pre dinner cocktails are served. Dress is casual. - - The Games Room features a self serve bar offering complimentary beer and soft drinks. This is open 24 hours.

Restaurant details
Type: Wine Cave
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Opening Hours: 6.30pm
Smoking: No (Non-Smoking)

Spa

On site Deep tissue massage / Sports massage therapist and spa suite


Blanket Bay Spa

Spa Treatments
  • Aromatherapy
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Swedish massage

Leisure

It has been called the "Eighth Wonder of the World". Only from above will you begin to appreciate the dramatic scenery and grandeur of this unique part of New Zealand. Starting from the Blanket Bay Helipad this spectacular 2 hour flight takes you over the Greenstone Valley, Milford Track and the Sutherland Falls. A short stop in Milford is followed by a flight to the mouth of the sound along rugged West Coast Beaches and inland over remote alpine lakes and glaciers. Jet Boat on the Dart River: It's more than a jetboat ride - it's a World Heritage eco-journey into the heart of wilderness New Zealand. Navigating deep into the alpine corridor of Mount Aspiring National Park the challenging grandeur of the mountains and valleys will leave a lasting impression. Step into a horse riding landscape second to none in New Zealand. Our privately guided rides take in the beach at the head of Lake Wakatipu and across our very own Wyuna High Country Station where just you and your horse share this magnificent farm with the cattle and deer and the occasional wild goat. Longer rides take you to the Scheelite Mines high above the lake into The Richardson Mountains


Activities

  • Bike Riding - On Site
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting - On Site
  • Freshwater Fishing - On Site
  • Horse Riding - On Request
  • Jacuzzi - On Site
  • Jogging Track - On Site
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool - On Site
  • Private Beach - On Site
  • Skiing - Within 10 Miles / 15 Km
  • Snooker - On Site

Meetings and Business

No detail has been overlooked in the provision of The Boardroom seated in twelve in soft leather chairs. Break-out Rooms are available, and when work sessions are complete the comprehensive in-house leisure facilities are unmatched in New Zealand


Business Services

  • Air-conditioning
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Digital Projector
  • Blackboard/Whiteboard
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Conference telephone
  • Data ports
  • Direct dial telephone
  • DVD
  • Flip charts
  • Internet / E-mail access
  • Microphone
  • Mineral water/Tea/Coffee
  • Overhead projectors
  • Pin Board
  • LCD / Plasma flat screens
  • Projector
  • Screen
  • Slide projector
  • Television
  • White board
  • Wireless internet access

Caring Luxury

Through our ‘Caring Luxury’ initiative, Blanket Bay has adopted responsible environmental, economic and social practices, which at the same time provide enriching and rewarding experiences for hotel guests. Blanket Bay has made a commitment to 'Caring Luxury' which involves initiatives to reduce our impact on the natural environment by adopting responsible environmental, economic and social practices, which at the same time provide enriching and rewarding experiences for our guests. Our owners, management and employees have an ongoing commitment to reduce our impact on the natural environment by helping Blanket Bay develop many initiatives ensuring we live up to our guests expectations of the ���clean and green’ New Zealand we are all proud of. Furthermore, Blanket Bay is a keen supporter of local businesses and school. We use local tourism operators to support the local community. We champion the local artists and have a large collection of their work within the lodge. We utilise the skills of local craftsman and tradesman to refurbish and service the lodge. We have many initiatives and actions to support ‘Caring Luxury’ however we are constantly looking for new ways to reduce our footprint and to help the wider community.

Getting there

Hotel Address

Blanket Bay
PO Box 35
Glenorchy
South Island. New Zealand Glenorchy Queenstown9350New Zealand

Transportation

Queenstown: 28 miles / 45 km / Taxi NZD 160.00 / Limo NZD 200.00. Coach-bus station: 28 miles / 45 km. Car rental office: 28 miles / 45 km. Local airport: Queenstown 37 miles / 60 km. International airport: Christchurch 400 miles / 650 km. Taxi fare - airport: NZD 190.00. Limo fare - airport: NZD 200.00. Helipad transfer - airport: NZD 1090.00

Airports

Nearest international airport: Queenstown (41 - 50 Km.)
Nearest local airport: Queenstown (41 - 50 Km.)

Trains & Buses

Nearest bus or coach station: Queenstown (41 - 50 Km.)

Car Rental

Nearest car rental office: Hertz, Avis, Budget, National (41 - 50 Km.)

Directions

From Queenstown Airport to Blanket Bay, drive 9 miles to Queenstown, go through Queenstown township then 28 miles north along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Glenorchy. 1 km (1 / 2 mile) past Glenorchy airstrip turn left into Blanket Bay. Helicopter or chauffeur driven transfers arranged on request.

Near Blanket Bay

Milford Sound, hiking, tandem skydiving, heli-skiing, wineries, Doubtful Sound, Aspiring National Park, Dart River Jet, art galleries, vineyards, five 18-hole golf courses.


Landmarks

  • Milford Sound

    The ultimate way to see Milford Sound and Fiordland by private helicopter Fiordland is spectacular! This 2 hour helicopter experience will show you the best of it, from the highest peak, Mt Tutoko, to the coastal fiords, from glaciers to waterfalls. You will be able to stand on mountain tops, touch the ancient ice of a glacier and chase the waves on an isolated West Coast beach. You will also visit world-famous Milford Sound, and see the sights of the spectacular Milford area, including the second highest waterfall in the southern hemisphere, the Sutherland Falls, and the Mackinnon Pass. Flight duration: 2 hrs

  • Dart River Jet Boat

    It's more than a jetboat ride - it's a World Heritage eco-journey into the heart of wilderness New Zealand. Navigating deep into the alpine corridor of Mount Aspiring National Park the challenging grandeur of the mountains and valleys will leave a lasting impression. Discover ice-capped mountains and glaciers, cascading waterfalls and crystal clear streams and pools all while enjoying the thrill of being aboard your purpose built Jetboat that picks up and drops off at Blanket Bay's private jetty.

  • Wyuna Horse Riding

    Step into a horse riding landscape second to none in New Zealand. Our privately guided rides take in the beach at the head of Lake Wakatipu and across our very own Wyuna High Country Station where just you and your horse share this magnificent farm with the cattle and deer and the occasional wild goat. Longer rides take you to the Scheelite Mines high above the lake into The Richardson Mountains.

  • Fly-Fishing

    Large rivers, slow moving pools, fast runs and riffles, bush clad streams, open river floats, or small mountain lakes provide exciting options for your fishing pleasure. You may fish nearby in local rivers and streams or the lake edge at Blanket Bay (a 10+ pound trout was caught at the mouth of Stoney Creek, just alongside the lodge). Or you may prefer to fly fish the lake banks, the mouth of the rivers flowing into the lake. Lake Wakatipu is home to brown and rainbow trout and land-locked Quinnat Salmon.

  • Dart River Funyaks

    Begin the adventure with a Dart River jetboat trip upstream, remove the sound of the V8 and replace it with bird song and cascading waterfalls as you paddle to paradise in your inflatable canoe. Glaciers, rocky peaks, dense rainforest, crystal blue waters and shady chasms can be enjoyed from the serenity of your canoe. An adventure perfect for a family.

  • Bungy Jumping

    For over ten years people have been thrilled at this Queenstown icon either by jumping themselves or as official spectators. Bungy Jump (or watch) from the world's first commercial site or choose between four other heart stopping jumps ranging between 42 metres and 102 metres. Guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.

  • White Water Rafting

    Experience the exhilaration of rafting on either the Shotover or Kawarau Rivers. No previous experience required- professionally trained guides will provide instruction and give a safety briefing. The more challenging Shotover River begins over peaceful waters, heading towards the exhilarating rapids of the lower Canyon. Flowing through the beautiful Kawarau Gorge passing beneath the Gibbston and Chard vineyards the Kawarau River offers a mix of gentle floating water and mighty rapids.

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