Minaret Station offers the opportunity to explore New Zealand’s unique backcountry. Located on the remote western shore of Lake Wanaka on the South Island, Minaret Station is only accessible by helicopter or boat.

The fishing, in this region, is mainly accessed through helicopter fly-outs into the most remote and inaccessible rivers in the country, fishing for large wild Brown and Rainbow Trout.

Unquestionably, the experience of staying at Minaret Station Alpine Lodge is both unique and inspiring.

  • Season: October to April
  • Brown Trout fly fishing
  • Hiking, horse-riding, skiing, biking and sight-seeing
  • Unique Alpine Lodge
  • Backcountry wilderness fishing
  • Average temperatures: 10-15℃ in winter, 20-30℃ in warmer months

Minaret Station is New Zealand’s premium alpine experience providing guests with the opportunity of exploring the wilderness of New Zealand’s South Island through many unique products including Heli-Adventures, Guided Fishing. Minaret Station is also a working high country farm, with deer, sheep and cattle. Nestled on the western shores of Lake Wanaka it is only accessible by boat or by helicopter.

Accommodation is in chalets nestled on the valley hillside where guests are afforded the privacy, warmth and comfort of tasteful high country design, with each chalet featuring sheepskin carpets, a king-size bed, an en-suite bathroom, internet access and a hot tub on adjoining private deck, where they can relax under the stars.

Central to the Alpine Lodge is the Mountain Kitchen. Linked to the chalets by a series of raised wooden boardwalks, the Mountain Kitchen features two separate living areas, wood-burning fires, a well stocked library, a cellar and first-class dining facilities.

The dining and cuisine is central to any luxury vacation experience. Using fresh local produc,e resident chef produces European and Asian Fusion cuisine coupled with an extensive range of local and award winning wines. Guests can choose to dine in the Mountain Kitchen’s dining-room, alfresco on the deck or in the privacy of their own chalet.

In addition, fly fishing guests can enjoy a range of activities including mountain biking, hiking, hunting, sea-fishing, heli skiing (in winter), jet-boating and more...

WIFI is available in the lodge.

Minaret Station is the first choice for guided fishing and specialises in backcountry fly fishing experiences targeting primarily Rainbow and Brown Trout with both species often sharing the same stretch of water. Chinook Salmon provide an exciting challenge during their short season.

Minaret Station privately owns a 50,000 acre parcel of wilderness providing guests with exclusive access to prime fishing rivers in the Southern Alps. In addition to this, Minaret Station holds independent concessions to fish on conservation lands, covering some four million acres including National Parks and world heritage areas.

Oxygen and nutrient-rich glacier-fed alpine streams and rivers produce fish that are in strong condition. Gin-clear water allows early spotting of fish. This clarity however means that whilst anglers can see the fish, the fish can also see the angler. 'Spot and stalk' is the method of choice and by far the most exciting. Anglers often use dry fly, streamer and nymph techniques on the same stretch of water.

South Island river-fishing opens at the beginning of October and runs through to the end of April. The season is characterised by distinct periods which present quite different fishing conditions and challenges to the angler. Most of the major lakes can be fished on a year round basis with varying levels of activity.

Minaret Station employs a strict 'catch and release' policy to ensure a healthy and sustainable resource.

Ideally, as with the fly line, clothing must be dull and drab in colour. Waders are used in the alpine streams as the headwaters are often snow-fed and walking and wading is the fishing style. A typical day starts from around 8.30am or 9:00am until 5:00pm approx. Lunch is included in the full day and taken streamside.

Layered clothing is the best approach. Clothing should blend and allow for a stealthy approach as this style of fishing is akin to hunting.

The rates for this destination vary throughout the season. We offer the best available rates for this destination and do not charge for our service. By calling we are able to tailor a package to specifically suit your requirements at the best available rate. As we have offices in both the United Kingdom and Australia we can also ensure you are being quoted in your local currency. Please enquire for the latest rates and availability, including information on any applicable special offers and group discounts.



Passport with minimum six months validity and photo ID to purchase fishing licence. A Visa is required for non Australian and NZ citizens.

Various international flight options to Wellington, Auckland or Christchurch. Internal flight to Nelson then drive or heli transfer to the lodge.


Contact: Mat McHugh
Tel: +44 (0)1621 743711
Mob: +44 (0)7936 708305


Contact: Gilly Bate
Tel: +44 (0)1730 825626
Mob: +44 (0)7817 304232


Contact: James Laverty
Mob (Australia):
+61 (0)499 900816