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Luxury campsite flies guests in via helicopter


April 3, 2012

Minaret Station is only accessible by air, where guests are flown in by helicopter before ...

Minaret Station is only accessible by air, where guests are flown in by helicopter before being escorted to their luxuriously furnished tented suite

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Camping in the wilderness may never be the same after a “glamped” experience at Minaret Station. Located in the heart of the Southern Alps in New Zealand, the site offers luxury tented glamping amid a picturesque glacial valley. The remote location is only accessible by air, where guests are flown in by helicopter before being escorted to their luxuriously furnished tented suite. While the accommodation is constructed from canvas tents and the property classifies itself as a “camp," this nature retreat has little in common with the traditional camping experience.

Minaret Station is considered New Zealand’s first high-end tented camp site, and features canvas suites complete with wall-to-wall sheepskin carpet, king beds, private decks set with hot tubs, full en-suites with double vanity and enough hot water for endless showers. Guests can leave their belongings in a secure storage for the duration of their stay and won't have to worry about digging a toilet, cooking on the grass or washing the dishes in the river. The location is also home to the "Mountain Kitchen" with its well-stocked cupboards, dining room, living area, open fires and first class chef.

Minaret Station is located in the heart of the Southern Alps in New Zealand

The dramatic surrounding landscape is suitable for hiking, spotting wild game animals on the adjacent slopes, fly-fishing in pristine rivers, experiencing a day-in-the-life of high country farming or exploring the rugged Fiordland West Coast by helicopter.

Unlike most camp sites, this accommodation does not come cheap, but the rates do include return scenic helicopter transfers from Wanaka airport, full breakfast, lunch, pre-dinner drinks with canapés, gourmet dinner and most beverages. For those who love the outdoors, Minaret Station is unquestionably one to put on the wish-list, but start saving your pennies – a tented suite for two will set you back NZ$3,500 (US$2,878) per night with additional nights (after two nights) costing NZ$1,950 (US$1,605).

Source: Minaret Station

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They built this right on top of the remnants of a landslide. Now this makes me feel? not safe.

Robert DuBois
3rd April, 2012 @ 08:32 pm PDT

So we have helicopters flying in and out of a wilderness area so the 1% can enjoy "glamping". Yuck. On my wish list? Not a chance. And why is this being given coverage in Gizmag?

4th April, 2012 @ 12:13 pm PDT

Wow, they've done a really good job of it. Just beautiful.

It looks pretty settled here and I would trust that someone would keep an eye on the snow in winter for avalanche risk. It is very isolated though, I wonder if there is a walking track/road back to town if you had an emergency.

Other than that though, it's stunning. I'll be sticking to my own two legs for seeing the back country though as it's out of my justifiable price range.

Tracey Mikaera
4th April, 2012 @ 05:15 pm PDT

I like the concept. The rich, famous and super rich have big problems with security and privacy. This concept gives them an opportunity to have privacy and get away from it all plus it is relatively secure, not having to worry about kidnappers, etc....

Am not rich, but understand the need to be away from it all...

4th April, 2012 @ 07:01 pm PDT
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