Wānaka can now say it offers the ‘best sporting resort’ in the world. American Airlines inflight magazine, Celebrated Living, bestowed the coveted honour upon Minaret Station Alpine Lodge late last month.
It was the only property across New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific to be recognised in the airline’s 2019 Platinum List Awards, which were voted upon.
“We are delighted to have been recognised with this global award,” said Jonathan Wallis, managing director of The Alpine Group, which owns Minaret Station. “Our team are driven to provide truly unique experiences for our guests.”
The private, luxury lodge is located in a remote glacial valley on about 20,000 hectares of property near Lake Wānaka and is only accessible by helicopter as there is no road access directly to the grounds.
There are a total of four chalets on site, which are able to accommodate up to eight guests at a time who are offered unique ‘backyard’ experiences, such as touring through Fiordland National Park, heliskiing and hiking.
Minaret Station has signed the Tourism Sustainability Commitment, which is managed by the Tourism Industry Aotearoa to ensure economic, environmental and social sustainability throughout New Zealand’s tourism industry. The lodge operates mostly using hydro-electricity generated from a nearby waterfall, and all water to the lodge comes from the station’s rainfall and snowmelt.