Blanket Bay is 45 minutes from Queenstown, down a road winding along the sides of lovely Lake Wakatipu, this place is really its own destination and technically could not be called a Queenstown luxury lodge. No restrictions on helicopter landings make it the perfect spot for heli-skiing or heli-exploration of Fiordland. Grand, all wood and stone, with comfortable rooms, a bar and excellent dining, this is more of a luxury hotel than a lodge. It feels big for New Zealand.
Our favourite here is the 2-bedroom owners cottage. A real sanctuary.