Sir Ian McKellen is said to have declared Blanket Bay "the most splendid property, perhaps the best in all the world." And while we don't know if the "Lord of the Rings" actor enjoys heli-skiing, it's certainly a big draw in this area. From June through August (winter in New Zealand), the slopes beckon downhill enthusiasts with pristine powder, and the resort offers an à-la-carte heli-skiing menu for enthusiasts of varying abilities. Guests can also enjoy jet boating, bungee jumping, mountain biking, horseback riding, wine country tours and flight-seeing over World Heritage Fiordland National Park, depending on the season. Back at the lodge, guests savor views of the mountains and Lake Wakatipu from the bedroom balconies, suite terraces and the Lake View Dining Room terrace — the latter is the perfect place to sample wine from the local Amisfield vineyards after an exhilarating day in the great outdoors.