Blanket Bay is situated just outside Glenorchy, one of New Zealand’s last frontier towns at the northern head of Lake Wakatipu.
Bordered on two sides by National Parks, this tiny village huddles against a backdrop of rugged high country, beautiful mountains, glacier fed rivers and ancient beech forests. It is here that Peter Jackson chose to film the epic movie trilogy, Lord of the Rings.
Glenorchy’s quaint streets and small collection of restaurants and shops offers a distinctly local New Zealand country flavour. This year the town and district celebrate 150 years of settlement, with key celebrations scheduled for October 2012. This is another great reason to stay this Spring at Blanket Bay.
Just a few kilometres further up the road from Glenorchy lies Paradise Station.
Glenorchy is the jumping off point for three of the most famous walking tracks in New Zealand, (The Routeburn, the Greenstone/Caples, and the Rees/Dart walks). The Dart River is famous for its jet boat trips into the remote and spectacular Mount Aspiring National Park.