Minaret Station is New Zealand’s first and finest luxury alpine lodge, hidden so deep within the wilds of the Southern Alps that it is only accessible by helicopter. Inspired by its stunning glacial valley backdrop, this exclusive four-suite tented lodge serves as the ultimate gateway to New Zealand’s outdoors, transporting guests on personalized heli-adventures throughout the South Island all while delivering the epitome of comfort and luxury.

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The legendary South Island adventure of Minaret Station begins on the journey there, as guests chopper over the wonders of Lake Wanaka to the lodge’s remote and rugged Southern Alps setting. Minaret Station consists of just four standalone chalets, each harnessing its own unique vista of the surrounding glacial valley landscape. Inside, high country luxury manifests itself through wall-to-wall sheepskin carpets, Geneva iPod surround sound systems, Sheridan bathrobes and slippers, and Evolu botanical bath amenities. The cornerstone of each chalet, however, is found outside in the private in-deck hot tubs, the perfect place to relax and unwind under the stars.

At Minaret Station, guests are hosted exclusively or as part of a group, thereby affording them with the privacy, warmth, and comfort they deserve. Each morning brings with it the call of the indigenous Kia birds and the homey atmosphere of the Mountain Kitchen dining room, where a personally-curated breakfast feast awaits. Led by Minaret Station’s head chef Paulina Corvalan Tapia, the entire culinary team excels at designing bespoke menus inspired by the local produce and game of New Zealand. In addition to being an alpine lodge and adventure hub, Minaret Station is also a working sheep and cattle farm supplying some of the country’s finest venison and lamb alongside the region’s best wines. Whether taken in the dining room, al fresco on the deck, or in the privacy of their chalet, guests are treated to an all-day array of first-class cuisine.

Family owned and operated for over 100 years, Minaret Station maintains its familial legacy through the four Wallis brothers, whose passion for personalized and perfected adventure in the Southern Alps produces some of the most epic experiences in New Zealand. Minaret Station comes outfitted with its own helicopter fleet, thus offering guests a myriad of once-in-a-lifetime heli-adventures throughout the region’s otherwise inaccessible wilderness, from flightseeing over Fjorland National Park to jet boating through Mount Aspiring National Park. Among the most coveted backcountry experiences at Minaret Station are heli-skiing, guided hunting, and guided fishing, all of which transport guests to hidden corners of untracked and untouched terrain for some of the world’s best slopes, big game, and trout. For the less adventurous companions, an endless supply of guided bush walks, glacier hikes, farm tours, and gourmet picnics in the meadow stand at the ready to introduce them to their isolated slice of alpine paradise at Minaret Station.

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