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A spectacular helicopter flight over the jagged peaks and glaciers above Lake Wanaka delivers guests to this exclusive lodge, the first of its kind in New Zealand.
Minaret Station Lodge consists of four luxurious chalets with thick sheepskin carpets and private decks with hot tubs. As you can imagine, the views from this awe-inspiringly isolated location across classic Lord of the Rings territory are a real highlight.
Minaret Station's chef expertly combines the finest local ingredients with the station's own lamb and venison to produce delicious meals, complemented by premium Central Otago wines. The 'Mountain Kitchen' also boasts a well-stocked library and cosy communal living room with an open fire.
The surrounding wilderness can be explored on foot; the flexible private guides offer wild game viewing and fly fishing, and there are several trekking and mountain biking trails spanning out across the landscape in summer. Also in summer, helicopter tours offer spectacular private aerial viewing of the dramatic Southern Alps and West Coast Fiordland.
Come winter, the main event is seriously high quality heli-skiing across hundreds of miles of perfect terrain, from open bowls to challenging couloirs, which guests explore with expert ski guides.
Why we love it
Help muster the station's sheep during the summer months with the Wallis brothers, who own and run the 65,000 acre high country farm and lodge.
Katie, Original Traveller