You can become a little desensitised to ‘special’ experiences living in Queenstown.
Surrounded by beauty and balls-to-the-wall adventure in equal measure, it takes a lot to impress the locals and long-term residents.
But the chance to dine in a candle-lit wooden hideaway, by a warm log burner, up a mountain, on a skifield, at night, under a supermoon – ok, sold.
NZSki has opened Heidi’s Hut at Coronet Peak for Friday evening dining this season.
For $89 guests can enjoy a four-course Italian meal and that feeling of doing something a touch magical.
Marketing manager Craig Douglas told those of us lucky enough to be invited up for the first night: “This is going to be an ongoing thing we hope Queenstown will be talking about this winter.
“We think it’s going to be a real winner. We’re here tonight because of the super full moon … it’s too good an opportunity to miss, the way it lights up the valley, it shows it off at its best.
“It’s a unique experience up in the mountains with the views and also some pretty special food on offer.”
The fine-dining courses include bacon-wrapped scallops, minestrone soup, crab cannellini and cooked-to-perfection lamb steak.
Unfortunately it’s too dangerous to ski to Heidi’s Hut, at the bottom of the T-bar, at night – but the $89 includes transport to and from Queenstown’s Snow Centre or the Coronet Peak base building.
All you need to know
What: Coronet Peak night dining
Where: Heidi’s Hut
When: Fridays, 7pm-10pm
Cost: $89 (four courses, includes transport)
Booking: Ph 0800nzskipass, or Snow Centre or at Coronet Peak