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AWE INSPIRING SKIING
AWE INSPIRING SKIING
With the largest skiable terrain in the South Island, Lake Wanaka has something to offer to all ski enthusiasts.
Image: Skiing Treble Cone
WINTER HOLIDAY DEALS
WINTER HOLIDAY DEALS
Take a look at our winter holiday deals, to ski all four ski areas in Wanaka with OnePassNZ.
Image: View from Treble Cone
UNCROWDED SLOPES
UNCROWDED SLOPES
The only queues here are the ones for coffee at the cafeteria!
Image: Cardrona Alpine Resort
TERRAIN PARK
TERRAIN PARK
The ultimate freestyle mecca of the Southern Alps
Image: Snow Park
LEARNING TO SKI
LEARNING TO SKI
Want to learn to ski or snowboard - we have some wide open beginner slopes just waiting for you.
Image: Cardrona Alpine Resort
WINTER FUN
WINTER FUN
Take the family up to slopes and have some fun playing in the snow - take a toboggan.
Image: Fun in the snow - Cardrona Alpine Resort
TRANSPORT TO THE FIELDS
TRANSPORT TO THE FIELDS
If you don't want to drive up to the ski fields then there are plenty of options to get you up the mountain.
Image: Yello
PLANNING YOUR SKI HOLIDAY
PLANNING YOUR SKI HOLIDAY
With the Southern Alps as a backdrop and Lake Wanaka far below it's worth a ride to the top just for the mind blowing scenery.
Image: skiers at Treble Cone taking in spectacular views
APRES SKI TIME
APRES SKI TIME
After a day on the slopes enjoy the local apres ski scene.
Image: Grand Mercure Oakridge, pools and spas.

 

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Activities

Wanaka Activities

Wanaka is a year-round destination. Its settled climate provides a ready supply of clear skies and warm  temperatures. While Wanaka’s spectacular setting and its proximity to Mt Aspiring National Park make it ideal for outdoor recreation, there are many other ways to appreciate the township and the surrounding area.

More than a dozen vineyards now exist between Cromwell and Wanaka – offering wine enthusiasts an enjoyable day’s touring. A growing number of cafes and restaurants create innovative food from local produce. Wanaka is also home to an emerging art scene. A number of local galleries, as well as café walls, offer visitors the chance to check out the local talent. Some artisans extend an invitation to visit them at work in their studios. Also worth a visit are a number of carefully tended private gardens that open their doors to visitors.


There are many ways to enjoy Wanaka’s beautiful outdoor environment. Visitors can choose from gentle day walks or bike rides around the lake-edge, to skiing, sky-diving, a lake cruise or canyoning. The local rivers and lakes are renowned for their trout, fishing guides can show you the lesser-known locations. The lakes can be enjoyed by sailboat, kayak or wind surfer. The rivers are a focus for river surfing, kayaking, rafting and jet boating. The local crags are popular with climbers and of course the park offers many opportunities for walking, trekking and mountaineering.


It is well worth taking the time to explore Wanaka’s environs. Follow the Cardrona Valley up to the historic hotel for a pint; cruise out to Lake Hawea for a swim or a stroll along the waterfront; explore a high country station on a 4WD adventure; head out towards Cromwell, stopping at the unique Puzzling World and New Zealand Fighter Pilots Museum; spend a day in the Matukituki Valley – the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park. Or enjoy the park from the air: the scenic flight from Wanaka to Milford passes over the World Heritage area, taking in high glaciated peaks and the curling coastline of Fiordland. 

 

 

 

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