Set in one of New Zealand's most remote and untrammelled locations, Minaret Lodge provides access to some of the country's most awe-inspiring landscapes. Owned and run by the Wallis family, who have been flying in the South Island's Alps since the 1960's, the only route in or out is by helicopter. Each of the lodge's four chalets is sustainably designed to blend into the wild mountainside, kitted out with sheepskin carpets, private decks and sunken hot tubs. Additionally, they are equipped with king-sized beds, en-suite bathrooms, a hot tub and private deck, providing the ultimate space to unwind as the sun dips below the mountain tops.
At the Mountain Kitchen, linked to the chalets by a series of raised wooden walkways, guests can take advantage of a cosy living area, library and dining room, where lamb, venison and beef from the 50,000 acre working farm are served alongside an extensive collection of New Zealand's finest wines.
Guests can enjoy a vast range of adrenaline-fuelled helicopter excursions, from heli-cycling to gourmet picnic lunches in majestic fjords, reached only by unforgettable flights over remote glacial valleys. The area’s bountiful array of wildlife also provides the lodge’s guests with some unforgettable encounters, while the rivers offer plenty of opportunity for fly fishers to reel in a catch.
Couples and romantics
Hikers and outdoor adventurers
THINGS TO DO AT THE LODGE:
Marvel at the spectacular valley views from your private terrace
Feast on locally farmed lamb, venison or beef at the Mountain Kitchen
Settle in with a book and a glass of wine in Minaret’s cosy library
Relax under the stars in the private hot tub
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Embark upon once-in-a-time heli adventures over Mount Cook or the Fiordlands
Try your hand at fly fishing in the pristine local rivers
Discover the enchanting views on a breathtaking hike through the valleys
Take the memorable opportunity to try heli-cycling or heli-skiing
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