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minaret station alpine lodge new zealand

There are few places quite like this in the world. Bordered by national parks, mountains and Lake Wanaka, Alpine Lodge is accessible only by helicopter. Offering guests a taste of New Zealand’s great outdoors, there are just four chalets providing the opportunity to enjoy some of life’s most precious elements: time, fresh air and open space, all whilst creating lasting memories.

Minaret is as lavish as it is remote. Whilst luxurious, it’s a relaxed environment consisting of a main lodge and four chalets. Each chalet features king-size or twin beds, with ensuite bathrooms and a hot tub perfectly placed on each private deck to enjoy the incredible views.

Inside the main lodge you’ll find the kitchen, a dining room with a communal atmosphere (guests all gather around one table, but you can also have dinner served privately in your room), as well as an inviting flagstone fireplace to gather around in the lounge. The well-stocked bar, reading room with wood-burning stove and the library all add to the feeling that you’ve just stepped into your home-away-from-home. 

Minaret haven’t let their remoteness compromise on their cuisine, taking true pride in their produce which by and large comes from the working farm. From the heli picnics (the pilot will barbecue the station’s own lamb or fresh fish for you) to the extravagant multi-course dinners, this is a gourmand’s paradise.

However, it it is truly the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that set this property apart. There are no roads here, and so you will take to the skies in a helicopter to be transported to some of the world’s most untouched locations. Here, there are no beaten tracks at all, and you will have the chance to discover the beauty of Fiordland, Milford Sound, and the many other national parks, all by air. Up the adventure with backcountry fly fishing, heli-skiing, hiking and mountain biking, and if that isn’t enough, touch down for a jaw-dropping, ridge-top champagne toast to end what is bound to have been a magnificent stay. 


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