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Minaret Station

Minaret Station

  • Luxury Property Minaret Station in New Zealand | Only Exclusive Travel
  • Luxury Property Minaret Station in New Zealand | Only Exclusive Travel
  • Luxury Property Minaret Station in New Zealand | Only Exclusive Travel
  • Luxury Property Minaret Station in New Zealand | Only Exclusive Travel
  • Luxury Property Minaret Station in New Zealand | Only Exclusive Travel
  • Luxury Property Minaret Station in New Zealand | Only Exclusive Travel
  • Luxury Property Minaret Station in New Zealand | Only Exclusive Travel

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Description

One of the most exclusive luxury lodges in New Zealand, Minaret Station rests in the setting of the Southern Alps. Only accessible by helicopter, this grand arrival sets the tone for the art of living that awaits you as you soar high above dramatic waterfalls, domineering mountain ridges and vivid blue glacial lakes.  Minaret Station is aimed squarely at those searching for an adventure of epic proportions; this alpine property is a premium destination for traversing hundreds of kilometres of untracked terrain while heli-hiking and mountain-biking. Highly experienced guides and pilots will ensure that your experience is nothing short of spectacular, and all abilities are catered for.  Keen anglers should keep a day free for a guided fishing tour; New Zealand a promised land for fishing, and renowned for its excellence in both saltwater and fresh water opportunities. Minaret Station privately owns a 50,000 acre parcel of wilderness providing guests with exclusive access to prime fishing rivers in the Southern Alps. Perhaps the most adrenaline-fuelled activity offered here is a range of scenic flights, where guests can bear witness to unparalleled views. One flight is the ‘Mount Aspiring and Glacier Discovery’, in which the mountain cuts a striking sight against the sky, and glaciers with crystal blue ice walls and deep crevasses tell a story about the dramatic natural wilderness of New Zealand. Another favourite is the ‘Milford Sound Highlights’; the visit includes a trip to the iconic Milford Sound and lands in a fiord, and the pilot will dive into the icy waters to pull out a crayfish for dinner that night!

Few places in the world have zero light pollution, and thanks to the remote situation of Minaret Station, this property is one of them, making star-gazing a must-do activity here, preferably from your own private deck hot tub. Four chalets are resplendently warm, reminiscent of high country design; carpets are luxuriously made in sheepskin, king size beds are adorned with possum throws and the bathroom boasts under floor heating. Each chalet is linked via a wooden walkway to the Mountain Kitchen, of which the charms cannot be oversold. As a working farm, Minaret Station raises a range of farm produce, including free range venison, beef and lamb, which Head Chef Jeremy Simeon incorporates into his dishes, displaying his fondness for European and Asian fusion fare. A prime geographical situation, guests can sample food that is distinctive to this region of the Southern Alps and Central Otago; local suppliers provide sweet stone fruits, active Manuka and Rata honeys, organic farm-fresh eggs and soft cheeses.

Wine is intrinsic to the Minaret Station experience; highly vaunted for being home to the world’s southernmost vineyards, New Zealand’s South Island enjoys fantastic Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris varieties due to unique climatic conditions resulting in intensely flavoursome grapes. Eclectic labels comprise the wine menu at Minaret Station, from acclaimed Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays to Cabernet Merlot blends.

LOCATION

Minaret Station is located at Lake Wanaka near Queenstown International Airport on New Zealand’s South Island.

Accommodation

Alpine Chalet

The individual Chalets are separately positioned amongst native alpine grasses and herb fields, each harnessing unique vistas of the valley and surrounds. Guests are afforded the privacy, warmth and comfort of tasteful high country design, with each chalet featuring sheepskin

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Facilities

Dining at Luxury Property Minaret Station in New Zealand | Only Exclusive Travel

Dining

Using fresh local produce resident chefs and kitchen staff prepare modern European and Asian Fusion cuisine coupled with an extensive range of local and award winning wines. Guests can choose to dine in the Mountain Kitchen’s dining room, alfresco on the deck or in the privacy of their own chalet.

Heli Adventures at Luxury Property Minaret Station in New Zealand | Only Exclusive Travel

Heli Adventures

Minaret Station Heli-Adventures allow guests to experience the otherwise inaccessible breathtaking wilderness of the Southern Alps. The options are endless. From scenic flights to heli-biking, Minaret Station’s wide range of Heli-Adventures means there is something for everyone. Explore the wilderness of the South Island with the friendly and experienced Minaret Station team.

Heli Skiing at Luxury Property Minaret Station in New Zealand | Only Exclusive Travel

Heli Skiing

Explore hundreds of square kilometers of untracked terrain on our exclusive private Heli Ski charters with Minaret Station’s seasoned pilots and guides. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, if you can ski or snowboard then you can heli-ski. Minaret Station's large and modern helicopter fleet, Alpine Helicopters, has been servicing the heli-ski industry for over forty years.  Friendly and experienced pilots are on hand to take skiers and boarders into internationally acclaimed wilderness terrain.

Guided Hunting at Luxury Property Minaret Station in New Zealand | Only Exclusive Travel

Guided Hunting

As one of New Zealand's long established guided hunting businesses, Minaret Station offers a premium guided hunting experience. The Southern Alps are host to an expansive game population. With a temperate climate and in the absence of any natural predators, hunting provides excitement and trophy opportunities whilst also providing an important and essential conservation benefit. A hand picked team of professional and highly experienced guides possess comprehensive local knowledge allowing guests to safely access remote areas of wilderness. Non-hunting companions are welcome to enjoy a wide range of exciting or relaxing activities on offer.

Guided Fishing at Luxury Property Minaret Station in New Zealand | Only Exclusive Travel

Guided Fishing

New Zealand is renowned as a world class fishing destination. Unquestionably Minaret Station is the first choice for guided fishing experiences. Minaret Station offers both freshwater and saltwater fishing opportunities within the remote Southern Alps, and off the coastline of New Zealand’s West Coast. A great diversity of wild fish species provides exceptional experiences for anglers of varying abilities.

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