Blanket Bay Lodge is an elegant, yet rustic lodge situated on the incredible Lake Wakitipu, on the South Island of New Zealand. Close to Queenstown, this property is one of the finest luxury lodges in the region, suitable for those seeking a refined, pampered experience with fantastic fly fishing.
In addition to boasting luxurious amenities, Blanket Bay Lodge is also located close to the Greenstone and Caples rivers, allowing excellent Trout fishing opportunities in some of New Zealands most famous rivers.
There are also many other backcountry rivers and streams nearby that can also be accessed by helicopter, including the remote west coast or day trips to lowland rivers and various lake systems.
The lodge is situated 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.
Passport with minimum six months validity and photo ID to purchase fishing licence. A Visa is not required Australian, European Union, the US and countries with a visa waiver agreement.
Various international flight options to Queenstown, Christchurch or domestic flights from Wellington or Auckland. Transfer to the lodge from Queesntown takes 40 minutes to Blanket Bay or via Helicopter from any major airport.
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Our tailored fly fishing and accommodation itineraries are designed with you in mind to suit your preferences. They are also quoted in your local currency with very favourable exchange rates.
Fly Odyssey have access to the best guiding and lodging rates, suitable tides and updated availability to this destination which can vary throughout the season.
This includes flight bookings, transit accommodation, transfers and a host of non-angling activities and experiences.
We specialise in group says to the region, and our long involvement with our partners on the ground in New Zealand will ensure you are well looked after both on and off the water.
This includes extended stays in Queenstown, Christchurch, Auckland and Wellington
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Our knowledge of travel logistics saves you time, and our highly experienced team is here to ensure its spent on the water and not at the desk or on a long flight connection that you didn’t require. Since 2006 we have developed a valued client-base that has travelled to all corners of the globe.
We are a fully-accredited travel agency, where all of our flights, accommodation and associated travel bookings are done in-house, which means that you pay less. We have access to a huge range of specials, deals, great volume pricing and excellent currency exchange rates which allows us to pass these benefits directly onto you.
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We travel extensively and understand that your free-time is important. Just as we all understand from experience, that the key to a successful trip is pre-trip preparation.
Our highly experienced team has fly fished the world for the last 25 years, and we understand the considerations and gear needed to turn a good fly fishing trip into a great one.
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