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

Before taking over the property in 1998, Anne and Philip came from diverse backgrounds. Philip spent many years flying as a commercial backcountry pilot, whilst Anne initially trained as a lawyer and later retrained to become an internationally qualified Mountain and Ski Guide.

At Lake Heron, they have combined their backgrounds and enthusiasms to create a very special range of activities and experiences for guests visiting the station.

For most of the year Philip is involved in organising the farming programme; however, from July to early October, he exchanges his farm truck for a Squirrel helicopter. The Todhunters are partners in Methven Heliski, a premium heliski business, which has been providing skiers with some of New Zealand’s finest heliskiing for 23 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 a truly incredible experience.