10 great reasons to stay at Minaret Station:

  • socialise with other guests in the main lounge and dining area, and large outdoor deck

  • there is prime fly fishing for trout from the lodge in the season October to April. All fishing is reached by helicopter

  • enjoy hiking and heli-hiking, heli-skiing or heli-sight-seeing from Minaret Station

  • there’s also heli-biking, guided hunting, sea fishing in Fiordland, or fly to Mt Cook-Aoraki or the West Coast

  • if you only have a day fly in to Minaret Station from either Wanaka or Queenstown for their delicious Mountain Lunch. Enjoy a short hike and an alpine heli landing

  • Minaret Station is one of the few luxury alpine lodges in New Zealand, perched high in the mountains above Lake Wanaka

  • with helicopter access only this is a delightfully remote stay in perfect wilderness

  • accommodation is in 4 luxury chalets accessed by easy boardwalks from the main lodge

  • each chalet has a king or twin beds, large ensuite, and private balcony with a hot tub to enjoy the alpine views and snowy evenings

  • pre-dinner drinks, dinner, lunch and breakfast, all drinks except Reserve wines, and private guide for walks from the lodge are included in the daily rate


Flying in by helicopter is the only way to reach Minaret Station, unless you are a sheep maybe. This wonderfully isolated spot sits in an alpine valley high above Lake Wanaka, in the south of the South Island. It is pure wilderness.

Purpose-built and family-owned, Minaret Station is part of a large high country station that drops from the skyline to the lake edge. It is big country where you can hike, fish, ski, mountain bike and hunt - all accessed by helicopter. Or just sit on the verandah of your chalet and watch the sun pass over the surrounding mountains. Accommodation is in free-standing luxury chalets, all nicely appointed with NZ wool rugs on the floor and possum throws on the beds. Each chalet has a large dressing room, private verandah with hot tub, a warm seating area and sensational views, unlimited wifi, a nespresso machine and complimentary mini bar.

Sit around the fireplace in the main lodge and mingle with other guests. Also in the main lodge, the cuisine served in the Mountain Kitchen is fresh, local and delicious. The chef offers fantastic local ingredients in a fusion style and the wine list is extensive. A full breakfast, lunch (picnic or seated), pre-dinner canapés and a 3-course gourmet dinner are included each day. Menus change daily to suit what is in-season and on-site.

The Mountain Kitchen is also available as a day venue, with helicopter transfers departing from Queenstown or Wanaka. The day can be spent at the lodge and around the farm. A three-course lunch with beverages is served in the middle of the day and there is time for a short hike and an alpine landing. Enquire about a Mountain Kitchen Lunch day trip.

Minaret Station offers access to world-class river fishing for brown and rainbow trout, and a short season of salmon fishing as well. Take a helicopter from the lodge to access vast mountain biking trails in the surrounding mountains, or spend a day hiking in the high country. In winter the mountains are snow-covered so heli-skiing is great option.


rates at Minaret Station - from $NZ 2,450 - $2,950 per chalet per night for 2