Wine tours and heli-skiing top the list of attractions at this stunning lakefront resort.
Sir Ian McKellen is said to have declared Blanket Bay "the most splendid property" in the world. While we don't know if the "Lord of the Rings" star enjoyed heli-skiing here, it's certain that many guests do. From June through August (winter in New Zealand), local slopes beckon downhill enthusiasts with pristine powder, and the resort offers an à la carte heli-skiing menu for enthusiasts of varying abilities. Back at the lodge, visitors savor views of the mountains and Lake Wakatipu from guest room balconies, suite terraces and the Evening Dining Room — the latter is the perfect place to sample wine from the area's Central Otago vineyards after an exhilarating day in the great outdoors.