Whether seeking adrenalin pumping action or pure relaxation, the southern lakes region offers a vast array of alpine activities set in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
The Southern Lakes region
Blanket Bay’s Southern Lakes location is jaw-droppingly, breath-takingly, unbelievably beautiful. These aren’t superlatives – they’re fact. At the heart of the region lies the lively resort town of Queenstown with a great selection of bars, restaurants and shops. It nestles along the shores of Lake Wakatipu overlooking the majestic Southern Alps, just 44 kilometres from Blanket Bay.
Queenstown’s reputation as the Adventure Capital of the World is well earned. Here you can choose to join in or become a spectator of the many activities on offer. Earth, water or air – there is something to test and thrill every adventure seeker. Queenstown day trips from Blanket Bay are an extremely pleasurable mix of fun and wonder.
For those not looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush this region also offers relaxation at its best. Join the Queenstown Wine Trail and discover award-winning wines from the world’s most southern vineyards – a lunch at Amisfield Winery or Gibbston Valley Winery is not to be missed. Browse streets of boutiques, dine out or catch the old-world steamer TSS Earnslaw across the Lake. An hour by car from Blanket Bay lies the historic quaint gold mining town of Arrowtown.
Blanket Bay is situated just outside Glenorchy, one of New Zealand’s last frontier towns at the northern head of New Zealand’s longest Lake, Wakatipu.
Bordered on two sides by National Parks, this delightful 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 and the area became known as Middle Earth.
A third of New Zealand’s great walks are accessible from the town, which is the main staging post for the Routeburn Track. The Dart River is famous for its jet boat trips into the remote and spectacular Mount Aspiring National Park.
Glenorchy’s quaint streets and small collection of cafes, shops and a General Store offers a distinctly local New Zealand country flavour.
Blanket Bay & Wyuna Station
Blanket Bay Lodge sits on the original Wyuna sheep station (ranch) historically a part of the original Rees station that occupied the entire eastern side of Lake Wakatipu and beyond.
Situated at the base of the Richardson Mountains, the station enjoys magnificent west facing views across Blanket Bay and over Lake Wakatipu to the Humboldt range. There are expansive lake views to the north with breathtaking vistas that take in the Dart and Rees valleys, Mt. Alfred and Mt. Earnslaw.