A gem on Lake Wakatipu.
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 - all are fitted out to the highest standard with elegant furnishings and super-size beds
Lodge Rooms have a balcony, an armoire, and ensuites with double vanities, shower and bath. Lodge Suites have a separate sitting area, balcony, stone fireplace, steam shower and bath
Chalet Suites have private courtyard, stone fireplace, steam shower and separate bath. Chalet Staterooms have a full suite and adjoining lounge area, 2 courtyards and 2 fireplaces
all rooms have wi-fi and i-pod docking stations
The Main Lodge
the Great Room has big views across the lake and intimate corners to withdraw
spend time here socialising, sitting by the fire or enjoying pre-dinner drinks
relax over a brandy in the Den
the Games Room has a pool table, shuffle board, TV lounge and self-serve bar
downstairs the Health Centre has steam rooms, spa pool and a gym
the a la carte menu changes daily and the cuisine is highly regarded
meals can be taken in the dining room, in the Wine Cave or outside on the verandah
scrumptious lunch hampers are available for fishing days
rates are per room and include pre-dinner drinks, breakfast, dinner and use of lodge facilities
Lodge Rooms double/twin $NZ 1150 - 1828; single $NZ 891 - 1570
Lodge Suites double/twin $NZ 1725 - 2700; single $NZ 1466 - 2443
Chalet Suites double/twin $NZ 1725 - 2700; single $NZ 1466 - 2443
Chalet Staterooms double/twin $NZ 2415 - 3392; single $NZ 2156 - 3133
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.
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
locally there is also kayaking, jet-boating, Lord of the Rings tours, horse trekking, golf, the famous Otago wineries, and heli-skiing in winter