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Minaret Station Alpine Lodge

10 Lloyd Dunn Ave Wanaka Airport, Minaret Station, Wanaka 9343 New Zealand
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Minaret Station Alpine Lodge is the epitome of comfort and luxury in the wilds of the Southern Alps. Accessible only by helicopter, Minaret Station treats guests to an exclusive and authentic experience framed by the rugged beauty of this secluded mountain landscape. Guests will enjoy a level of comfort and style never before available in New Zealand's wilderness. Guests are hosted in one of just four luxuriously appointed Chalets. With our own helicopter fleet, guests can choose from a myriad of activities in this spectacular environment from hiking on site to sharing in the working deer, beef & cattle farm activities of Minaret Station itself. Our heli adventures allow guests to experience the otherwise inaccessible breathtaking wilderness of the Southern Alps, Fiordland, Milford Sound, the Mt Aspiring National Park & glaciers and the southern West Coast of New Zealand.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Free breakfast
Babysitting
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Meeting rooms
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
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5.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
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10 Lloyd Dunn Ave Wanaka Airport, Minaret Station, Wanaka 9343 New Zealand
Minaret Station Alpine Lodge
Getting there
Frankton Airport
70.8 km
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Christchurch Intl Airport
301.7 km
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Dream64924072654 wrote a review Feb 2024
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We have traveled all over the world and have had many life changing experiences. We consider ourselves fortunate and grateful travelers. We are not jaded but also not easily surprised nor overwhelmed by experiences. That said, Minaret Station stands as one of the finest, most hospitable stays of our lives. The crew phenomenal. The food, almost beyond belief. And the experiences offered and natural remote surroundings, a healing balm for body and soul. It is not accessible to everyone due to cost and remoteness, but if looking for what may be one of the great world class experiences, without the fussy, high end hotel environment, this place is a stunner. When we left after three days my wife was in tears over how moved she was, and Minaret has boiled the essence of New Zealand care of the land and generosity to a finely tuned edge. Truly words fail, and are at best a rough approximation of impact, but if you can afford it, and take advantage of its spectacular outings, you will not be disappointed. The place is a marvel. As proof of their consistency, and having stayed at many world class lodges, I have never seen a “guest book” filled with so many lengthy multi page testimonials, poems, drawings, paintings and expressions of gratitude. It’s an extraordinary culture that has been created. We consider ourselves deeply fortunate to have stayed and will carry the people, landscape and animals in our memories for the rest of our lives.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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JShall2014 wrote a review Mar 2023
Nantucket, Massachusetts44 contributions10 helpful votes
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We absolutely loved our stay here. The staff was among the most friendly, helpful and knowledgeable of all our travels in NZ. The location is remote and stunning, allowing for a completely relaxing experience. And Chef Ivan’s food left you smiling and full at every meal, ready for whatever adventure the day brings. We highly recommend a stay for anyone seeking a unique experience in NZ nature with all of the luxurious creatures comforts you could dream of.
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Date of stay: February 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: By nature, this is a remote location. We absolutely loved that aspect but travelers should know...
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LuuuuvMyHolidays wrote a review Jan 2023
Sydney, Australia20 contributions2 helpful votes
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An amazing place in an amazing location. 0ur family of five with teenage kids stayed for three nights and loved it. The helicopter transfer in is stunning. Great service on arrival meeting us at Queenstown airport and taking us around to the helicopter terminal. The individual lodges are excellent. We loved the hot tub and used it a couple of times a day. Very comfortable beds. The food was superb at every meal and chef Ivan was a wizard. The included wines were also very good with the Valli Pinot Noir our favourite. We walked to both of the waterfalls and had a great time and had it all to ourselves. We did the Fiordland Heli Traverse. It’s not cheap but it was an amazing day. We landed high up in the mountains by a lake and saw a Kea. The highlight was probably the helicopter picking up the lobster pot from the sea and returning with a dozen lobsters and an eel. Quite spectacular.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Craig M wrote a review Dec 2022
Palma de Mallorca, Spain1 contribution1 helpful vote
Experiences: The helicopter experience we had was too long. Less is more. Great pilots and guide but the long helicopter rides were painful. We flew to Dusky Sound on one day and decided to cancel the Mount Cook experience another day. Yes it was non-refundable. Food: They had limited ability to cater to food requirements outside of menu. We needed some food catered to children. Accommodation: the lodge is good but it’s a mountain lodge not a luxury lodge.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Room Tip: There are very long helicopter rides for some experiences. For us it was too long.
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mareec21 wrote a review Mar 2022
Queenstown, New Zealand17 contributions5 helpful votes
We travelled for the Mountain Kitchen lunch - wow, what a spectacular treat. From the super professional helicopter flight and commentary to the the stunning service and food. Minaret, you are total class in a low key way but where every need is catered for. We didn't want to leave - thank you for the spectacular treat and being everything and more than we could have anticipated.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Rama Jager wrote a review Apr 2019
Sedona, Arizona48 contributions46 helpful votes
We stayed for three nights at the Minaret station during our travels in New Zealand. The location, scenery, accommodations and service are exemplary and one of a kind. The helicopter rides and outings are out of this world and you can't but be amazed at the talents of the helicopter pilots (we had Steve), the chef Ivan, the greeters Catherine and Toby and the guide Scottie. All the tourists that had the privilege of staying at this extra-ordinary lodge should be thankful for the Wallis family who took time, pains and risks involved in starting and running this lodge. If your budget allows, please stay at the Minaret Station. What a place!
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The lodge only has four chalets and all have excellent views.
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Response from MinaretStation, General Manager at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge
Responded 17 Apr 2019
Thank you so much for staying with us and your generous review of your stay at Minaret Station. We are privileged to be able to work in such a special place and share it with our guests from around the world. Many thanks and we hope to see you back again some day. Regards David
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Ssloddy wrote a review Oct 2018
Singapore, Singapore100 contributions85 helpful votes
Stayed for 2 nights only in Minaret Station, but it was such a great experience ! Not only the helicopter ride to reach this place, but also the service and the individual quality of food. Chalets are fine and the
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Date of stay: January 2018
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Responded 11 Mar 2019
Thank you so much for choosing to stay at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge and taking the time to share your kind comments. Best regards and we look forward to hosting you again some day.
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Hawksette wrote a review Jul 2018
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My first flight in a helicopter, views were amazing. Felt very safe in the hands of the pilot. Our chalet had every comfort needed, and more. Food delicious and the staff very attentive. No one could ask for a more enjoyable experience. Top class. Thank you. We will be back.
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from MinaretStation, General Manager at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge
Responded 26 Aug 2018
Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at Minaret Station and on behalf of the entire team at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge, we look forward to seeing you again.
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Jasia5 wrote a review Mar 2018
17 contributions5 helpful votes
Minaret Station Alpine Lodge is breathtakingly beautiful!!! You become a tiny dot among vast colorful mountains beside a gorgeous creek with a multitude of hiking trails to explore. The scenery is so stupendous that it is difficult to make yourself move out of your fully furnished, incredibly comfortable cabin. The chefs prepare the most delicious dinners which you can enjoy in the privacy of your cabin or in the dining room with the other guests whom you did not know were present as each cabin is off to itself. You have to experience this wonderful treasure.
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Date of stay: March 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All cabins enjoy different yet spectacular views!!
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Response from MinaretStation, Director of Sales at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge
Responded 29 Apr 2018
Dear Jane. Thank you for taking the time to write your review of Minaret Station. It's very gratifying to hear that you had such a wonderful experience with us. We hope you'll be able to visit again someday. Best regards from the whole team at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge.
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ayan s wrote a review Jan 2018
singapore54 contributions31 helpful votes
This has to rank as one of the most unique stays .. utterly divine location only approached by helicopters .. the beauty of utter desolation , ringed by majestic waterfalls and superb landscape. The lodge has amazing staff and divine cuisine to boot. A day in the fiordlands with your own helicopter and guide has to also rank as one of the must dos in life!! A stay that one never forgets!
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Date of stay: December 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from MinaretStation, Public Relations Manager at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge
Responded 18 Feb 2018
On behalf of the team at Minaret Station I'd like to thank you so much for your review. We strive to deliver an authentic yet luxurious wilderness experience and so it's really gratifying to receive feedback like this. We look forward to hosting you again.
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Minaret Station Alpine Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Minaret Station Alpine Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Minaret Station Alpine Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business centre and meeting rooms during their stay.
Is Minaret Station Alpine Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.