JetSet Hotels: Minaret Station Luxury Tented Lodge, Lake Wanaka New Zealand

Hidden in the remote Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island, near Queenstown and on the shores of Lake Wanaka sits Minaret Station, the country’s first and only luxury tented lodge.  Minaret provides a unique combination of alpine adventure with comfort, style and relaxation. Activities abound year round, including fly fishing, heli skiing, hiking, water activities, biking, and food and wine pursuits. For those seeking a truly local experience, mustering assistance is welcomed on this 65,000 acre working sheep farm. Guests’ experiences are tailored by personal guides and designed for all ages and abilities.

The accommodations exceed every luxury imaginable. Canvas tented suites boast wall to wall sheepskin carpet, a private deck with personal hot tub, plush king or twin bedding, and large open windows framing some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. A main lodge invites guests to relax or converse in two separate living areas, with open fires and first class dining experiences. The Mountain Kitchen features fresh local produce prepared as modern European cuisine, seamlessly paired with selections from the extensive cellar and bar. Guests can dine together or in the privacy of their suite (Tip – request that the kitchen prepare a gourmet picnic and set out for a day of exploring!)

With crystal clear waters, rainforests, green fields, mountains, wildlife and glaciers beckoning visitors, and luxurious tented appointments seducing guests, it’s no wonder Minaret provides the perfect complement to any New Zealand itinerary.

To plan your custom New Zealand adventure, contact Monika Weinsoft at or 312-574-1184