Blanket Bay Walk is based at the exclusive Blanket Bay Lodge, nearby the picturesque Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island. Highlights of this four-day experience include a scenic cruise on the Dart River, followed by a guided luxury Milford Track walk and a tailored heli-hike experience to Mount Earnslaw Glacier.
After exploring the best of New Zealand by day, you will retreat at the Blanket Bay Lodge every night to enjoy a daily changing five-course degustation menu dinner, surrounded by the Southern Alps and overlooking Lake Wakatipu.
One of New Zealand’s premier luxury lodges, Blanket Bay is a world-class property set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu between Queenstown and Mount Aspiring National Park.
Close by the meeting point of Lake Wakatipu and Dart River, Blanket Bay is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps. Voted one of the World’s Best Lodges, it features striking architecture, luxury furnishings, and five-star facilities. Accommodation options include rooms and suites in the main lodge, private chalets, and one exclusive villa featuring four bedrooms.
You’ll be collected from Queenstown after lunch for your transfer to Blanket Bay Lodge, one of New Zealand’s premier luxury accommodation. Set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, the lodge is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps and features striking architecture and five-star facilities.
On arrival, you’ll enjoy a scenic Dart River boat cruise into Mount Aspiring National Park – a perfect introduction to this beautiful landscape, spotting Mount Earnslaw and the Routeburn Valley from the water. Back at the lodge, your Walk into Luxury host will welcome you with pre-dinner drinks in the lounge and a map briefing before leaving you to enjoy a wonderful five-course dinner.
Today you’ll fly to Milford Sound by helicopter and discover the valleys, rivers and mountains of this World Heritage area from the air. Upon landing, you’ll enjoy views of Mitre Peak before boarding a short boat transfer to Sandfly Point, the start of your luxury Milford Track walk.
This 9km return hike to Giant’s Gate Waterfall is one of the best Milford Track day walks. Led by our experienced local guides, you will hike through lush rainforest alongside the cascading Arthur River and past Lake Ada, with glimpses of Milford Sound along the way. You’ll hear Giant’s Gate Waterfall before you see it! With front row seats from the swing bridge spanning the river, you will be enjoying an alpine picnic by the waterfall before returning to your helicopter.
Your flight back to Blanket Bay will feature spectacular views of Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountain ranges. Back at the lodge, enjoy the hot tub or spa, before meeting your host for sundowner drinks. End this day with a special dinner in the wine cave, just for your private group (subject to availability).
Led by local guides, today’s hike is considered one of New Zealand’s best day walks. This full-day journey to the Routeburn Flats will offer views of snow-capped mountains, ancient beech forest, waterfalls and river gorges. You’ll have the chance to cross swing bridges, and walk alongside the crystal clear waters of the Routeburn River, before enjoying a picnic lunch in an idyllic alpine meadow (weather permitting).
For the very fit, you may walk ahead to gain views over the Routeburn Valley from the steep trail up to Routeburn Falls. As always, your guides will ensure you have a spectacular day on this Great Walks of NZ trail and return you to Blanket Bay Lodge in time for pre-dinner drinks and dinner.
Earnslaw Burn is one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets. Accessed from Glenorchy and Queenstown, this spectacular alpine hike takes in glacier fed rivers, multiple waterfalls and tussock covered landscape before reaching the striking Mount Earnslaw glacier.
Your day starts with a 15-minute helicopter experience offering views of Dart River and the mountain ranges before landing in Mount Earnslaw basin. From here, your experienced guide will lead you on a two hour walk along the valley past cascading waterfalls concluding at the base of the glacier. A picnic lunch is enjoyed in this special setting, before your helicopter whisks you back to Blanket Bay via a 1,000 metre ascent towards the blue ice of the glacier. On arrival back at the lodge, your Walk into Luxury host and driver will have your bags loaded ready for your transfer back to Queenstown or your onward journey.
All prices are per person twin share and unless otherwise stated, are in Australian dollars, are correct at the time of publication, and are subject to change without notice. For room upgrades, additional nights, or guest pricing please contact us.
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