Minaret Station is New Zealand’s first premium alpine chalets, located in a stunningly picturesque glacial valley in the heart of the Southern Alps. With awe inspiring views and delicious cuisine, this is camping with a difference.
Soar up to Minaret Station by helicopter, the only means of transport to the lodge. What better way to begin your stay than by flying over snow-capped peaks, through mountain valleys and across mighty alpine rivers.
After a day of adventuring, indulge in decadently hearty dishes – at Minaret Station seasonal vegetables and beef, lamb and venison raised on the property are cooked to perfection by the executive chef.
Camping without compromise - sleep under canvas in luxurious tented suites complete with wall to wall sheepskin carpets and possum fur throws.
Venture on one of the lodge’s spectacular helicopter adventures where you’ll soar through majestic fiords, hike across untouched glaciers, and indulge in a gourmet BBQ lunch with the snow-capped mountains as your backdrop.
Accessible only by helicopter, Minaret Station offers a level of comfort and style never before available in the New Zealand mountains. Minaret Station draws its name from the distinctive Minaret Peaks, which stand tall on the western shores of Lake Wanaka at over seven thousand feet. Bounded by two large rivers, Mount Aspiring National Park and New Zealand’s fourth largest lake, Minaret Station has a peaceful sense of isolation within its glacially carved valleys, surrounded by stunning mountain peaks, tussock grass, native bush on the hillsides, Wild Deer and Chamois clambering on the surrounding slopes and cheeky Kea birds.
You are hosted in luxuriously furnished individual chalets, complete with sheepskin carpets, king beds, a private deck set with its own hot tub, full en-suite and endless hot showers. On-site facilities include the ‘Mountain Kitchen’ with its well-stocked library accessed by a series of wooden board walks as well as a dining room, living area, open fires, first class chef and private mountain guides.
Activities include hiking the many trails, experiencing the life of high country farming, spotting for wild game animals on the adjacent slopes, taking a once in a lifetime helicopter to explore the rugged Fiordland West Coast accessing incredible fly-fishing rivers or simply relax on your private deck with a book. Highly recommended is Minaret Stations iconic Fiordland Heli Traverse experience - discover alpine lakes, mammoth glaciers and dramatic mountains all from the air in a truly once in a lifetime experience. Whatever you decide, the experience of staying at Minaret Station will be both moving and inspiring.
When to visit
Let your wildest dreams come to life and allow the Minaret team to transport a hot tub by helicopter to the top of a mountain, complete with champagne, ice-bucket and awe inspiring views...
Minaret Station is New Zealand’s first luxury tented camp, located at the head of stunningly picturesque glacial valley in the heart of the Southern Alps. Surrounded by the Minaret Peaks, which stand tall on the western shores of Lake Wanaka, on the South Island. Accessible only by helicopter.
Scenic helicopter transfers are available from Wanaka airport (approximately 15-minutes each way) or Queenstown.
Amisfield ‘Trust the Chef’
"Trust the Chef" signature menu offers a shared dining experience, with dishes selected by the chef based on fresh produce and ingredients available on the day.
Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise on Fiordland Navigator (Shared)
An overnight cruise on the Doubtful Sound is without doubt one of the best ways to experience Fiordland in all its glory. The Fiordland Navigator cruises through the sound to the Tasman sea, stopping to kayak and see birdlife and wildlife on the way.
Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise (Shared)
The dramatic expanse of Doubtful Sound is best explored by boat, traversing the fiord and surrounded on all side by the steep peaks, native bush and crashing waterfalls.
Dusky Sound Heli Tour
Take to the skies for a spectacular view of the pristine rainforests and islands and inlets of Dusky Sound. Landing on a floating heli-pad you will hike the deserted coves and fish the abundant waters of the fiord.
Fly fishing in the Southern Lakes
New Zealand is renowned as a world class trout fishing destination and unquestionably our guides present a fishing experience sure to install lifelong memories.
Fly Nature Cruise on Milford Sound - Heli (Shared)
New Zealand’s incredible breadth of landscapes and staggering beauty becomes clear as you take to the skies over Lake Wakatipu and the glacial lakes, before cruising across the wildlife rich waters of Milford Sound on this shared experience.
Horse Riding in Glenorchy
Saddle up and roam the stunning scenery on horse back, starting at Glenorchy - a world-famous horse trekking destination where you can wander great wide open spaces and marvel at the region's beauty on a tranquil horse riding adventure.
Jet Boating & Walking in Matukituki Valley (Shared)
Deep in the Matukituki Valley, this exciting half day jet boating adventure will take you beneath the breath-taking scenery of mountains and glaciers, Lord of the Rings and Hobbit locations, into the World Heritage Mount Aspiring National Park.
Lake Wanaka Cruise and Island Nature Walk (Shared)
The magical nature reserve of Mou Waho Island is home to the rare flightless Buff Weka, and a picturesque spot to explore the bush, or simply sit back and relax on the beach after a scenic boat cruise across Lake Wanaka to the island.
Milford Sound Extended Helicopter Tour (Shared)
Exploring Milford Sound is on most people’s bucket-list when they visit New Zealand. This tour will see you experience Milford by helicopter – a truly breath-taking scenic flight along the sound.
Paddle Lake Wanaka - Half Day Tour (Shared)
Paddle out onto Lake Wanaka, exploring its pristine coastline from a kayak with your guide.
Private Boutique Wine Tour of Central Otago
Tailored exactly to your needs and wishes, this privately guided winery tour is designed especially for the discerning wine lover in mind.
Private Helicopter Charter Fiordland Traverse
The remote and dramatically beautiful landscape of the West Coast, Fiordland and World Heritage Park are best discovered by helicopter, high above the rugged peaks, expansive waterways and pristine wildernesses of the region.
Private Queenstown Full Day Sightseeing
Discover the South Island in a full day’s expedition in luxury SUV. Explore the regions varied attractions on this private tour with experienced guide.
Privately Guided Routeburn Track
The ancient splendour of Mount Aspiring National Park, with its verdant foliage and lush beauty, offers a magical destination for this full day walk to the head of Lake Wakatipu.