Finding a site outside Mount Aspiring National Park that was remote, removed from other huts yet still a short helicopter flight away was the first test. No avalanche risks another. Add to that maximising winter sunshine and spectacular views plus access to heliskiing and ski touring as well as walks and treks- and the prospect might have appeared impossible. Despite the hurdles, the dream was real.
Located at 1750m (5,700ft) in the Albert Burn Saddle on the north side of Dragonfly Peak, the Chalet is only 35km from Wanaka and lies on the edge of Mt Aspiring National Park with astounding views to Mt Aspiring with its tumbling glaciers, and to Mt Cook just visible on the horizon. Four months of the year it is buried under snow; but in summer, the gently sloping tussock grasses are dotted with wild flowers and snow-melt filled tarns.
Source:NZ Topo Map