From the best Wanaka holiday accommodation options, to the best slopes to shred, here’s what you need to know about skiing the area.
Dubbed one of the world’s best ski towns by National Geographic, Wanaka is a major ski destination on New Zealand’s south island.
Sitting an hour’s drive from Queenstown Airport, Wanaka’s got three major resorts to choose from: two alpine resorts, Cardrona and Treble Cone, and one cross-country resort, Snow Farm. The area is well-known for it’s heliskiing, but it’s also an ideal destination for beginners
Best Wanaka holiday accommodation options
Wanaka is the home-base for those skiing in the area. However, Cardrona and Snow Farm both offer accommodation options, which could be an ideal option for those hoping to spend a few days at each ski area.
There’s no accommodation between Treble Cone and Wanaka, so if you’re planning on skiing or snowboarding there, your best bet is to stay in Wanaka.
Wanaka holiday accommodation
Wanaka accommodation for families or groups
Snow Farm accommodation
Where is each area compared to Wanaka?
- Cardrona: 35-minute drive (34 kilometres) from Wanaka
- Treble Cone: 35-minute drive (29 kilometres) from Wanaka
- Snow Farm: 40-minute drive (33 kilometres) from Wanaka
Cardrona Mountain facts
Vertical: 600 metres
Skiable terrain: 345 hectares
Longest run: 4 kilometres
Trail breakdown: 25% beginner, 25% intermediate, 30% advanced, 20% expert
Number of terrain parks: 4
Ski season dates: TBA
Cardrona trail map
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Treble Cone Mountain facts
Vertical: 700 metres
Skiable terrain: 550 hectares
Longest run: 4 kilometres
Trail breakdown: 10% beginner, 45% intermediate, 45% advanced
Number of terrain parks: 2
Ski season dates: 22 June to 1 October 2017
Treble Cone trail map
Snow Farm Mountain facts
Highest point: 445 metres above base
Skiable terrain: 55 kilometres of trails (groomed for skating and classic), 10 kilometres of snowshoe trails
Trail breakdown: 40% beginner, 20% intermediate, 40% advanced
Ski season dates: Scheduled to open 24 June
Snow Farm trail map
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Where to get ski hire in Wanaka
If you don't own ski equipment, or want to avoid the hassle of flying with your gear, here's a list of the places you can hire ski equipment in Wanaka and what each retailer offer.
- BaseNZ: Ski and snowboard equipment, plus apparel for sale. 20% discount when you rent for six days or longer, 10% discount when you rent for four or five days. 22 Helwick Street, Wanaka, New Zealand
- Green Toad: Ski and snowboard gear, helmets, toboggans, outerwear. 6 Pembroke Mall, Wanaka Waterfront, Wanaka, New Zealand
- SnoPro: Ski and snowboard gear, helmets, outerwear. 15% discount when you rent five days or longer, 10% discount when you book at least seven days in advance. Delivery service
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Feature image: Lake Wanaka Tourism