Blanket Bay Southern Lakes Region
Whether seeking adrenalin pumping action or pure relaxation, the Southern Lakes Region offers a vast array of alpine activities amidst one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Blanket Bay's Southern Lakes location boasts not only the most sublime scenery, but also a diverse range of activities to make the most of all four seasons. At the heart of the region lies the lively resort town of Queenstown with a great selection of bars, restaurants and shops. It nestles along the shores of Lake Wakatipu overlooking the majestic Southern Alps.
Queenstown's reputation as the Adventure Capital of the World is well earned. Here you can choose to join in or become a spectator of the many activities on offer. Earth, water or air - there is something to test and thrill every adventure seeker. Queenstown day trips from Blanket Bay are an extremely pleasurable mix of fun and wonder.
Queenstown is consistently recognized as one of the world’s top destinations. The resort has been voted No1 ‘Outdoor and Adventure Destination in the World’ by Trip Advisor’s 2010 Travellers’ Choice awards as well as being an impressive 15th overall in the ‘Top 25 Destinations in the World’. Voted ‘The World's Friendliest City’ in a 1998 and the Second ‘Best City in the World’ in 1999 by polls of Conde Nast Traveler readers, Queenstown continues to enhance its international reputation.
For those not looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush this region also offers relaxation at its best. Join the Queenstown Wine Trail and discover award-winning wines from the world's most southern vineyards – a lunch at Amisfield Winery or Gibbston Valley Winery is not to be missed. Browse streets of boutiques, dine out or catch the old-world steamer TSS Earnslaw across the Lake. An hour by car from Blanket Bay lies the historic quaint gold mining town of Arrowtown.
In the pioneering days of last century, gold hungry miners from all over the world descended on this small village - today it is a living and vibrant memorial to the areas rich history. In Arrowtown visit the fascinating and informative Lakes District Museum - one of the best small museums in New Zealand, wander along the banks of the crystal clear Arrow River and find the well-preserved remains of the Chinese Village. Shop on one of the only few preserved historic working town streets left in New Zealand, or try panning for a little gold.