Getting Here

Rental Cars

For those guests wishing to explore the Southern Lakes District we recommend hiring a car. Avis, Hertz and Budget are based in Queenstown and at the airport.

The drive to Blanket Bay is magnificent. Only 40 minutes from Queenstown, or 55 minutes from the airport, the sealed road offers breathtaking views of hanging valleys, towering mountains, and Lake Wakatipu.

Life’s about the journey and in this case the destination, Blanket Bay. It’s about going from A to B whilst enjoying everything you see along the way.

Download from the App Store A2B QT Drives is all about the journey. Sometimes with all the activities available in Queenstown, New Zealand, it’s possible to overlook that this area has some of the most magnificent scenery to be found anywhere in the world. From the stunning drive to Glenorchy, to the awe inspiring drive across the Crown Range, this app is designed to inspire you to explore the area. Along the way, it notes some of the many amazing spots that will have you reaching for your camera and saying ‘wow’, all within a short drive from Queenstown.

Transfer Options

Chauffeur Driven Car

  • Luxury Sedan: NZ $235.00
  • 5 Seat Mini Van : NZ $295.00

Transfers are costed per vehicle, one way and are inclusive of GST. Prices are subject to change. All transfer bookings can be made direct with the reservations team at Blanket Bay.


  • Squirrel B3: NZ $1668.00
    Six seats, or 3/4 people plus limited luggage

Transfers are costed per helicopter, one way and are inclusive of GST. Prices are subject to change. Indicative prices from Queenstown airport to Blanket Bay.

By Light Aircraft

An alternative transfer is by Glenorchy Air from Queenstown and landing on the nearby Glenorchy airstrip just 2 minutes from Blanket Bay. For additional information regarding transfers or charters please ask your travel advisor or the Blanket Bay team. You will enjoy unparalleled views of the New Zealand Southern Alps, National Parks and the surrounding region.

Flight Times to Auckland

  • Sydney, Australia: 2 hrs 50 mins
  • Melbourne, Australia: 3 hrs 20 mins
  • Brisbane, Australia: 3 hrs 20 mins
  • Los Angeles, USA: 11 hrs 45 mins
  • San Francisco, USA: 12 hrs
  • London, England: 25 hrs 40 mins
  • Frankfurt, Germany: 26 hrs 15 mins
  • Hong Kong: 10 hrs 30 mins 

Flight Times to Queenstown

  • Christchurch: 45 mins
  • Auckland: 1 hr 45 mins
  • Sydney: 3 hrs
  • Brisbane: 3 hrs 20 mins
  • Melbourne:3 hrs 

Driving Times and Suggested Driving Routes to Blanket Bay

  • Christchurch: 7 hours
    Christchurch > Ashburton > Geraldine > Fairlie > Twizel > Cromwell > Queenstown > Blanket Bay
  • West Coast: 7 hours
    Greymouth > Hokitika > Franz Joseph Glacier > Fox Glacier > Haast > Wanaka > Cromwell > Queenstown > Blanket Bay
  • Dunedin: 4 hours
    Dunedin > Milton > Roxburgh > Alexandra > Cromwell > Queenstown > Blanket Bay 

Driving Times from Blanket Bay

  • Queenstown: 40 minutes
  • Queenstown Airport: 55 minutes
    driving instructions
  • Arrowtown: 1 hour
  • Cromwell: 1.5 hours
  • Wanaka: 2 hours