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Why we like it
- Acclaimed as New Zealand's best luxury lodge
- Elegant yet rustic lodge
- Lake and mountain views from all rooms and suites
45 minutes from Queenstown and with a backdrop of New Zealand's finest scenery, the best way to arrive at this alpine lodge is by helicopter.
First experience with A&K. Intended to ask various travel companies for quotes but Vicky (Hamlin) was so good with her suggestions that we did not seek alternative quotations the suggested itinerary was excellent and helped us decide on a balanced and interesting holiday.
- GD, Windermere
Nestled amid snow capped peaks of the Southern Alps on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is one of New Zealand's finest Lodges - Blanket Bay. Accommodation at Blanket Bay is provided in five intimate Lodge Rooms, three generous Lodge Suites in the Main Lodge, and four superb Chalet Suites all filled with sumptuous furnishings and elegant rugs.
Natural materials are showcased throughout, echoing the Lodge's integration and interaction with the environment. All rooms within the Lodge are placed to take full advantage of the magnificent lake and mountain vistas.
Best time to be there
Summer on the north island (December to February) is ideal for outdoor pursuits with mild temperatures and hours of sunshine. Venture to the numerous ski slopes and warm up close to a crackling fire during the winter months in June to August.
Auckland (Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, daily)
26 hours, one stop
GMT +12 hours
Not required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
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