Blanket Bay is located on the shores of the stunning Lake Wakitipu near the adventure tourism mecca of Queenstown.

Blanket Bay is one of the finest properties in New Zealand and achieves a level of excellence in all areas which ranks it as one of New Zealand’s finest luxury lodges.

Fishing on the nearby Geenstone and Caples rivers provides a wonderful experience Trout fishing experience and there are many rivers within a short helicopter flight.

  • Season: October to April
  • Brown and Rainbow Trout fly fishing
  • Helicopter fly-out
  • Backcountry wilderness fishing
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Hiking, horse-riding, biking and sightseeing
  • Average temperatures: 10-15℃ in winter, 20-30℃ in warmer months

The lodge is ituated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, on the South Island. Blanket Bay and the surrounding area has been voted as one of the top adventure destinations to visit in the world.

The Accommodation at Blanket Bay is in five lodge rooms, three generous lodge suites in the main lodge and four chalet suites all beautifully furnished. All rooms within the lodge are placed to take advantage of the magnificent lake and mountain vistas.
The five lodge rooms feature their own balcony or terrace, king-sized bed, en-suite bathroom with separate shower and bath as well as plenty of storage.
The lodge suites offer bedroom and sitting areas with their own fireplace, spacious bathroom with steam-shower and separate bath. Each suite also has a large private terrace with spectacular views of the lake and mountains.

The chalet suites are designed using local stone and timber beams, with open fireplaces and central living areas. The chalet suites can be combined to create a state room and include air-conditioning, separate steam-baths, showers and walk-in wardrobes as well as private courtyards, telephones and internet access.

Facilities at the lodge also include a spa, a steam-room, a pool for a swim and a gym. For non-fishing partners, there is hiking, (heli skiing in winter), fly and heli-fishing, horse-riding, hiking, golf and many more adventure activities.

The cuisine is first-class — the lodge has received many high awards for excellence.

WIFI is available in the lodge.

Blanket Bay originally sprung from its owner's love of fly fishing and is designed to provide a world-class experience for the most demanding and experienced anglers. Situated close to such iconic rivers as the Greenstone and Caples, which are just minutes away by helicopter, as well as numerous rivers on the West Coast.

There is a large variety of water, slow moving pools, fast runs and riffles, bush-clad streams, open river floats, or small mountain lakes which provide exciting options for your fishing. You can fish near the lodge in local rivers and streams, or you may prefer to fly-fish the lake banks, or the mouth of the rivers that flow into Lake Wakatipu.

Trout up to ten pounds have been caught just close by the lodge. Lake Wakatipu is home to Brown and Rainbow Trout and Landlocked Quinnat Salmon. The fishing season on the rivers runs from November through to May. There is excellent nymph-fishing during the early season and superb dry-fly and nymph-fishing during the summer months. Brown and Rainbow trout average more than three pounds, with five to six pound trout not uncommon. Trophy size Trout over ten pounds in weight are more likely in early or late season. Fishing on Lake Wakatipu is available all year round.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.



Passport with minimum six months validity and photo ID to purchase fishing licence. A Visa is required for non Australian and NZ citizens.

Various international flight options to Wellington, Auckland or Christchurch. Internal flight to Nelson then drive or heli transfer to the lodge.


Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
Mob: +44 (0)7936 708305


Contact: Gilly Bate
Tel: +44 (0)1730 825626
Mob: +44 (0)7817 304232


Contact: James Laverty
Mob (Australia):
+61 (0)499 900816