We stayed 3 nights. It is expensive. But it is fabulous. The accommodation is very high class (even in the standard rooms). The communal rooms are spacious and have great facilities (reading areas, fireplaces, bars, pool table and other bar games; cinema TV and DvDs, wonderful views). The spa and gym are high class and the in-house masseuse is a master of her art. The food is very good. Our experience of the service is that it was consistently superb and the staff are helpful and great fun. We therefore find other reviewers' comments to the contrary difficult to understand.
The lodge is in Glenorchy - the area is remote and stunningly beautiful. A trip up the Dart River is a must. There is good hiking and mountain biking in the area. Sky-diving from Glenorchy (landing on the hotel grounds if you want) is great fun and less busy than in Queenstown. That said, Queenstown is only 45-50 minutes away. As others have said there is also the option of helicopter tours from the property (at considerable expense- we got a heli-tour out of Queenstown airport and saved a fair bit on the Blanket Bay price).
The age range of the guests while we were there was 30-70. There were some Brits and Aussies, and a couple of New Zealanders, but more Americans. There is some socialising over drinks but meals are not communal.
All in all we loved this place, and would happily have stayed longer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This stunning backcountry retreat sits on the lakeshore 45 minutes outside Queenstown in the Southern Alps New Zealand. Lofty beamed ceilings, rock fireplaces and vast picture windows frame the heroic stone and timber lodge housing the Great Room, Den, Game Room, Gym, spa and several indoor/outdoor dining venues.Thirteen rooms offer every conceivable amenity. Activities include an outdoor lap pool, bush walks, fly-fishing, jet boating, horse riding and scenic heli-flights ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Blanket Bay Hotel Queenstown