By The Denizen
At the head of a U-shaped glacial valley, set amongst the dramatic scenery of the Southern Alps, sits New Zealand’s first luxury tented camp, Minaret Station.
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As you descend upon the Southern Alps by helicopter, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve reached an alpine version of paradise. Along with a private pilot, Minaret Station has all the makings of a five star establishment coupled with the grandeur of the great outdoors. Getting back to basics? Hardly. World-class chef Leungo Lippe, formerly of Queenstown and Wanaka’s Botswana Butchery is at your whim, he’ll happily cook fresh crayfish that’s been flown in from the bountiful Fiordland served with champagne. Your own personal pilot can swiftly fly you away for a day of skiing in virgin snow, game spotting or snow hiking, with guides to show you secret locations, only accessible from this remote area; this is a once in a lifetime getaway. Hosted under canvas, the station’s tents are seriously pimped out with wall-to-wall sheepskin carpet. Retreat to your private suite, equipped with a king bed, a private deck with your own hot tub, full ensuite and endless hot water showers. Or, make use of the communal library – heaving with books, the dining room and living areas with roaring fires, prime for toasting marshmallows après-ski. A bold and unexpected addition to New Zealand’s luxury accommodation offerings, this is an irresistible escape that swaps skyscrapers for mountains – showcasing the Southern Alps in all of its raw and unadulterated glory.