22 August, 2012

LODGE WEEK: A Luxury lodge in New Zealand

For the second post of the week featuring stunning lodges, we head off to a totally different corner of the world, New Zealand. Minaret Station is the country's first luxury tented lodge, and sits at the head of a picturesque glacial valley. If you're struggling to imagine what the scenery looks like here, it may help you to know that Peter Jackson filmed parts of the Lord of the Rings in the immediate vicinity of the lodge.

If you've ever dreamt of arriving somewhere in style, then this could be for you, because it's only accessible by helicopter from Wanaka Airport. There are many places that claim to have luxury tented accomodation, but they really mean it here! The four luxury tented suites are available in either double or twin configuration, and come with sheepskin carpets; king size beds; private decks with their own hot tub, and are fully en-suite.

All food and drinks are included in the package, and you can expect the freshest food imaginable as it comes either from the mountain stream, or the farm. As for the wine, the Central Otago region boasts the world's southern most vineyards, and is renowned for it's uniquely charactered wines due to the hot dry summers and cooler winters.

The main Mountain Kitchen lodge is the hub of this site, and contains the library, dining room (with roaring fire), kitchen and living room. Meals are served in the dining room, or out on the deck - and if you prefer they can serve your meal at your tented suite. There is also a library of DVD's and books.

If you want peace and quiet then this place if for you - Minaret Station is a 65,000 acre private high country property with no road access, 25km lake frontage and adjoins Mt Aspiring National Park. If you'd like more information you can go to the official website here.

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