Meet the Todhunter Family


Lake Heron Station is owned and operated by Philip and Anne Todhunter. This is a station with a strong family connection, having been in the Todhunter family for four generations.

"High country hospitality has always been a way of life at Lake Heron and this is a tradition that we hold dear."

"Before taking over the property in 1998, we came from diverse backgrounds. Philip spent many years flying as a commercial backcountry pilot, whilst Anne initially trained as a lawyer and later as a Mountain and Ski Guide. The wonderful aspect of life at Lake Heron is that we can combine and share our passions for the outdoors and our special environment."

"For most of the year Philip is involved in organising the farming programme – a constant challenge in an area where the climate varies from hot and dry in the summer months to cold and often snowy in winter. However, from July to early October, Philip exchanges his farm truck for a Squirrel helicopter. We are partners in Methven Heliski, a premium heliski business, which has been providing skiers with some of New Zealand’s finest heliskiing for 31 years. Philip, the lead pilot, is one of the longest-serving and most experienced heliski pilots in New Zealand. Many of the heliski runs are on the upper glaciated regions of Lake Heron Station and Philip’s intimate knowledge of the area is one of the ingredients that make this such a successful business."

"We hope to meet you soon"  - Anne and Philip

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