Blanket Bay

Located outside of Queenstown and on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Blanket Bay is consistently voted one of the world’s best Lodges by prestigious media and organizations 

This exclusive lodge, owned by former Levi Strauss president and chief executive officer Tom Tusher, is on the 60,000 acre Wyuna high country station on the northern shore of Lake Wakatipu- two miles from the small town of Glenorchy and a 45-minute drive from Queenstown. The lodge was recognized its first full year in service by Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report, winning “Hideaway of the Year” in 2000.\

As a multi-million dollar project, the lodge will appeal to those seeking privacy in a unique and secluded setting. Boasting not only luxury accommodations but varied adventure activities and high end service, Blanket Bay is an excellent location for accessing fly fishing waters throughout the region. 

Accommodations are provided in lakeside rooms and suites, filled with sumptuous furnishings and rich rugs. Natural materials are employed widely throughout, reflecting the lodge's special relationship with the environment, and all rooms are placed to take full advantage of the magnificent lake and mountain views.

  • Lakeside rooms feature their own balcony or terrace; king-size bed; built-in closet and en suite bathroom with granite topped double vanities, separate shower and bath.
  • Lodge Suites are 800 sq. ft. and offer bedroom and sitting areas with their own stone fireplace; capacious bathroom with steam shower and separate tub; and 700-sq.-ft private terraces, which feature heart stopping views of Lake Wakatipu across to the Humboldt Mountains in the west.
  • Chalets have four additional suites that reflect New Zealand colonial architecture and complement the main lodge through the use of shiest stone and timber beams. These enjoy stunning views over Stone Creek and down the length of Lake Wakatipu, with the Richardson mountain range towering above.

Dining is an integral part of the experience at Blanket Bay. The lodge specializes in Pacific Rim cuisine and offers guests an a la carte menu that changes nightly. Dinner is served at private tables in one of two dining rooms, both with views of the lake, as well as dining on an outdoor terrace or in a romantic candlelit wine cave.

At the heart of the Lodge is the 30-foot-high Great Room with its massive log fireplace, vaulted wharf timber beams and antique wooden floors. Relax by a crackling indoor or outdoor fire and watch the red gold sun set behind the magnificent snow-capped Humboldt Mountains. Other facilities include a spa, a steam room, a gym, massage treatment rooms, a game room and a lap pool.

Experienced professional fishing guides offer some outstanding fly fishing options. The famous Lochy River, accessed across Lake Wakatipu by boat; the Routeburn River and evening rise on Diamond Creek, by 4WD; or helicopter into some of New Zealand's wilderness streams that are within a 15 minute flight. Fly or spin fishing from the lodge boat along the lake shore is an alternative for those who are less mobile or desire a less strenuous fishing experience.

Customer reviews

We had a spectacular time on our trip after leaving Port Douglas and all the arrangements that you made for us came off without a hitch. All flights and transportation that you arranged were on time and we were well taken care of at all the places we went to.

The Boatshed was incredible. We met Johnathan and had a small dinner with him on our second night. We were the only guests at the hotel and he and his staff just made us feel right at home. Jack and Jen, Johnathan’s staff, took us out to a couple of wineries and we had lunch together. When we got back Johnathan treated us to dinner prepared by his own self. Fantastic.

Next up was Napier/Hastings and the Craggy Range cottage. Excellent choice for us. We were close enough to Havelock North to be able to easily drive into the town and wander around. We went and played Cape Kidnapers as well. The course was wet so no carts were allowed out. Craggy Range winery was great to us and we had dinner at Terroire. Great staff and good eats to be sure. On to Queenstown.

What a wonderfully European feel Queenstown had. Small intimate streets and people all over the place. The Spire was perfect for us. Florence greeted us and was superlative in her suggestions and ideas for us to do. We did take a plane ride out to Milford Sound and the cruise. We went wine tasting and went to Amisfield for lunch where there was a spectacular sunset. It was so good that the staff came outside to take pictures. Simply wonderful. We took the gondola ride up the hill and enjoyed a glass of champagne while we took in the view. That was our last day and really enjoyable. We left the next day and flew back home.

Again, all the arrangements you made of us came off without a hitch. I even drove on the left side of the road without incident. It’s not so bad once you figure out the roundabouts. Thanks to you and your team for setting this up. Will highly recommend this service to our friends should they need to journey down under.

—​Bob E & Sharyn B, San Francisco

We are near the end of our New Zealand trip. It has been terrific and amazing. Each stop was unique. First at Tara Iti... now Cape Kidnappers. It is perfectly designed and managed. Great staff and service.The golf course is beautiful and the Kiwi hunt very special... Thank for your help in all the planning.

—Jay K., Jackson, WY