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BLANKET BAY

4191 Glenorchy-Queenstown Road,, Glenorchy 9350 New Zealand
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#1 of 2 small hotels in Glenorchy
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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
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Bicycles available
Canoeing
Business Centre with Internet Access
Wifi
Hot bath
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Special diet menus
Game room
Hiking
Horseback riding
Billiards
Darts
Fishing
Meeting rooms
Spa
Massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
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5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mountain View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
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rccola65 wrote a review 7 Apr
Walnut Creek, California7 contributions7 helpful votes
An absolutely incredible stay at an amazing property. All aspects were perfection. The food each night was beyond incredible with wonderful rotating menus. The chef was also happy to accommodate a change based on preferences. Additionally the staff was super helpful in planning activities. The spa is also incredible here. Make sure to plan time for a massage. It’s simply life changing.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Virginia T wrote a review 5 Apr
Bishops Stortford78 contributions33 helpful votes
This hotel is truly outstanding. From the gracious welcome to the final moment, we loved every second of our two nights. We didn’t want to leave. Superb staff; beautiful lodge ambiance; lovely rooms; great atmosphere; fantastic views; beautiful dining spots; great food and a special cocktail gathering. Every effort was made to make us feel special including arrangement of trips and celebration of my husband’s birthday and our anniversary. We will definitely return if we can. If you go to the South Island do not miss this hotel
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Date of stay: March 2024
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JerseyGirl09 wrote a review Feb 2024
Jersey Shore, New Jersey35 contributions63 helpful votes
Blanket Bay was an amazing experience. Customer service was excellent. Meeting other guests during cocktail hour was so enjoyable. I’m glad we had 4 nights there. The rooms are old school (don’t expect a desk) and well maintained so a guest has to be happy with the “ lodge” feel. The property is large and beautiful. Gorgeous views of the lake. Food is excellent. The accommodated my food allergies and once I thought they could have been more creative for my substitution. We did a helicopter tour of the Southern Alps. The helicopter picks you up on the front lawn. It was an amazing experience!! Dart boat adventure was ok, too long. Hiking is great!!
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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sunny a wrote a review Jan 2024
Washington DC44 contributions15 helpful votes
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The arrival sequence is magnificent, and the wow never ceases. Views are majestic and serene- the rooms designed to optimize comfort. It’s hard to leave that cocoon, but the whole place invites you to partake. Casual leather sofas nested our conversations after magical mountain hikes. The heli tour took off from the front lawn. Meals were served in cozy intimate nooks that felt private but lively. Staff was entirely gracious and welcoming. We always looked forward to the happy hour preceding dinner. The rustic elegance invites you to stay, and I’d love to return.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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LondonMark_UK wrote a review Dec 2023
Los Angeles, California5 contributions49 helpful votes
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I had my expectations set extremely high due to the positive reviews of the property and my previous experiences in New Zealand lodges and Relaix and Chateau properties. Unfortunately I was left feeling disappointed. Positives: 1. The location of the lodge is breath-taking. Set on the shores of lake Wakatipu overlooking snow-capped Mount Bonpland your first impression is Wow! The beauty and serenity of the location is undoubtedly unique and impressive, and I couldn’t get enough of the view. 2. Arrival and check-in was seamless. In fact there was no formal check-in but rather just a tour of the property whilst they quickly placed our luggage in the room. No forms to complete or credit card exchange. 3. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful, greeting you with smiling faces and eager to assist. 4. The beds, pillows and linens are incredibly soft and comfortable, and combined with the silence of the location you will have an amazing sleep. 5. Breakfast has a nice mix of cold buffet items (cold meats, cheese, pastries, yoghurt) and your choice of hot dish including a traditional full breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausage, hash brown and black pudding, eggs Benedict, omelette or really anything you choose. It’s relaxed and uncomplicated. Negatives: 1. The lodge room is just that, a rather small, drab room with no living/sofa area, no desk, no fireplace. This compares unfavorably with the base category at Huka Lodge which is a junior suite almost 50% larger with sofa, fireplace and French doors which open on to the lawn and river. 2. Whilst the bedding is soft and enveloping the towels unfortunately are course and scratchy. 3. The lodge has an odd mix of woods which aesthetically don’t match. The floors and doors are a highly glossed orange color wood whilst the roof and timbers are a rustic unvarnished dark brown. They clash. 4. The main living room has high ceilings with amazing views and is beautiful. However the bar is unappealing and the games room in the basement has zero ambience or charm and feels drab. 5. There are very few areas to sit and relax outside despite there being vast lawns to utilize. In fact, it’s really only poolside that has loungers, and the cushions for these were away being cleaned during our stay. They should invest in comfortable loungers / steamer chairs placed in the gardens overlooking the lake. 6. Unlike Huka Lodge where there are at least 6 locations throughout the property where you can dine, Blanket Bay really only offer the indoor restaurant and patio outdoor area. That’s a shame given the size of the property. 7. Dinner at Blanket Bay is a 4-course set menu which changes every evening. Be prepared for complicated dishes which utilize anything and everything the chef was able to source that day. This means that sometimes the flavors become confused and what should be the star of each dish becomes overtaken by other elements. If location is the deciding factor for your choice of lodge then it’s difficult to beat the location of Blanket Bay. However, in terms of accommodation, food and value for money I would recommend Huka Lodge over Blanket Bay. Huka Lodge feels smaller and more intimate. Its base category rooms are beautiful junior suites on the river with living areas and fireplaces to curl up in front of. It has multiple distinct dining areas dotted around the property to give you privacy and the dining is less complicated whilst retaining the high quality and flavors unique to New Zealand. When you consider the price point is similar for both properties the choice is clear.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Iyabo W wrote a review Nov 2023
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Exceptional and Magnificent in every way. Excellent location, dreamy lake and mountain views, lots of pretty grounds to walk on, superb service, friendly and courteous staff, excellent food—breakfast, lunch and dinner. One of the best massages I’ve ever had—ask for Pascale!! This resort was just EVERYTHING LUXURY… and they paid attention to every little detail. Thanks to Andrew, Steph, Nina, Pascale and all the other amazing Blanket Bay staff. My husband and I are very grateful to you for making our stay so delightful!!! We will be back!!
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Londontripadviser wrote a review Nov 2023
London, United Kingdom724 contributions304 helpful votes
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This was the last lodge we stayed in on our two week tour of the South Island. We had previously just visited The Bay of Many Coves, The Lindis and Mahu Whenua, so had both been really spoiled and had our expectations ratcheted up. No fear - Blanket Bay did not disappoint, held its head up and in various respects poked it out of the top of the sunroof! The lodge is stunning. Think Old world charm with lots of reclaimed wood (I recommend flicking through the book on the history of the lodge in the sitting room). Our room - the smallest you can get - was lovely and more than large enough. The food was truly outstanding and the service was at another level. People you’d never met knew your name and what your food foibles were and everyone was both attentive and interesting. The Lodge has a number of chefs, which meant that even though we had 5 course dinners, they did not take 3 hours like at other lodges. I’m happy to linger, but by the time you’re on your 40th or so meal over a two week holiday, this was somewhat of a blessing. We only got to spend two days at Blanket Bay, but did get to hike for a couple of hours up the Routeburn Track. If you’re up to it, this is well worth it. The scenery is stunning. Due to jet lag, I’m typing this in the middle of the night having just got back to the UK. It is bringing a warm feeling of lovely memories that I will cherish. I don’t know when we’ll be back in the South Island, but I’m sure no trip will be complete without a stay at this fabulous lodge.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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TEU793 wrote a review Nov 2023
Munich, Germany92 contributions181 helpful votes
Beautiful classic lodge in a wonderful private location. The rooms are very spacious and well taken care of. The service is very professional and extremely friendly. Nice set up for pre dinner drinks and the aus;it’s of the food is excellent. Only the gym could be upgraded. We will come back.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Ellisthis wrote a review Jun 2023
Melbourne, Australia42 contributions32 helpful votes
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A magical place! We eloped to Blanket Bay in June 2022 and it was an unbelievable experience. Firstly, we can’t thank the staff enough for everything, what a fantastic, genuine group of people. The lodge and surrounds are spectacular. The nightly degustation dinner was some of the best food we have ever eaten. (Goats cheese tortellini with honeycomb, burnt butter & pine nuts was addictive, thanks chef for the extra portion) Other highlights, the room with mountain views, dinner by the outdoor fireplace, the lake for a cold plunge, cocktail hour & the overall interior & ambiance throughout the lodge. Oh, and we were lucky enough to wake up and see Blanket Bay covered in snow. Thanks again Blanket Bay! Katie + Lawrence
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Elizabeth H wrote a review Mar 2023
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We spent our honeymoon here in November - an absolutely amazing, fantastic, blissful week we haven't been able to stop reminiscing about since! Glenorchy is my new favourite place on earth, and so is Blanket Bay. Accommodation - can I give more than 5/5 stars??? Gorgeous, cozy rooms that aren't stuffy or trying too hard to be elegant or fancy - they just are, mind-blowing views, and discreet turn-down service that makes you feel really cared for. Service - thoughtful, fast, friendly, funny, brilliant. We had so much fun talking and laughing with the staff who were all an absolute delight (and put up very good-naturedly with our shenanigans). they took amazing care of us and everything was so personal. they had our preferred coffee and drink orders memorized by the second day! Food/Wine - to DIE for. how do they not have a Michelin star yet is beyond me. The wine was fantastic and Damien (the sommelier) gave amazing after amazing recommendations! Amenities - unfortunately the pool wasn't open yet for the season when we were there, but the hot tub was awesome and the massages were amazing. Activities - the staff were so great helping us plan our excursions, and when one of them got rained out they worked overtime to help us find something else to do! Great hiking recommendations as well; we're huge nerds and had a blast visiting different Lord of the Rings filming locations (we hadn't even realized booking the vacation that there were so many close by!) Lothlorien, Isengard, and (closer to the airport) the Warg Rider/Rohan locations! So cool.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about BLANKET BAY
Which popular attractions are close to BLANKET BAY?
Nearby attractions include Glenorchy Animal Experience (3.8 km), Glenorchy Lagoon Boardwalk (2.3 km), and Mrs Woolly's General Store (1.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at BLANKET BAY?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at BLANKET BAY?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at BLANKET BAY?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at BLANKET BAY?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to BLANKET BAY?
Conveniently located restaurants include Akin, Kinloch Wilderness Retreat Restaurant, and Glenorchy Hotel Ltd Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at BLANKET BAY?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at BLANKET BAY?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does BLANKET BAY offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at BLANKET BAY?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.
Does BLANKET BAY have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.