Wanaka holiday accommodation guide: Cardrona, Treble Cone and Snow Farm

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

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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

Wanaka Homestead Lodge and Cottages
Wanaka Homestead Lodge and Cottages Hotels

Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments
Distinction Wanaka Serviced Apartments Hotels

Cardrona hotels

Snow Farm accommodation

Benbrae Cardrona Valley Resort
Benbrae Cardrona Valley Resort Hotels

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: TBC for 2019


Images: Cardrona

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Treble Cone

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: TBC for 2019


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Snow Farm

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: TBC for 2019


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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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