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Minaret Station is New Zealand’s first and finest luxurious Alpine Lodge set at the head of a picturesque glacial valley within the untouched landscapes and beauty of the Southern Alps. In addition to the Alpine Lodge, Minaret Station also provides phenomenal experiences throughout New Zealand's South Island including an extensive range of helicopter touring, heli skiing, heli hiking and heli skiing, as well as some of New Zealands finest backcountry fishing.
Minaret Station is owned and operated by the Wallis family. They head a friendly and experienced team, passionate about delivering memorable experiences time and time again.
It is a uniquely integrated business dating back to the early 1960’s, when their father, Sir Tim Wallis ('Hurricane Tim'), first began introducing international guests to New Zealand’s pristine wilderness. It has come a long way since the early beginnings but it remains a humble operation with a commitment to quality and service. More often than not, guests return year after year to partake in the seasonal offerings at Minaret.
As well as being location to the Minaret Station Alpine Lodge, Minaret Station is also a working high country farm, home to some 10000 deer, 7000 sheep and 1000 cattle raised for supply to premium export and domestic markets. Nestled on the western shores of Lake Wanaka and accessible only by boat or by helicopter, the 50,000 acre property acts as the heart and staging point of the business.
Helicopters have always been in the blood for the Wallis family. The company first began using helicopters in 1963 when they pioneered their use for backcountry access and heli-skiing. Since then Alpine Helicopters has grown to incorporate a modern fleet with highly trained pilots and at one time was New Zealand’s largest helicopter company.
“We welcome you to visit us at Minaret Station. We pride ourselves on delivering a real experience and one that we take great pleasure in sharing. Our reputation is your assurance. Come and see for yourself.”