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Family and Kids

Families love the Lake Wanaka region. The ultimate family friendly resorts, there is heaps to do all year round. With so much choice and so many adventures to be had the only issue will be in deciding which of the three Wanaka ski fields to visit!

The perfect place for a family snow holiday, Lake Wanaka is home to three fantastic ski areas. Laid-back cafes, a huge variety of off-snow activities for children of all ages and a range of accommodation from motels to hotels and apartments, and comprehensive ski and snowboard programmes for kids of all ages mean that your winter holiday is not only fun – it’s relaxing!  Above all, the mountains provide terrain to suit both parents and children alike, and offer some of New Zealand's best kids skiing.

Family-focused Cardrona Alpine Resort has superb beginner and intermediate slopes, a dedicated Kids Club centre for ski and boarding instruction, childcare facilities, and qualified care and instruction for toddlers through to teenagers. Week long programmes specifically tailored to your child’s level mean their skills are nurtured toward their abilities and give them confidence to advance. Skiwees, Lowriders, a kickstart private lesson and the Academy for the intermediate and advanced kids, are all popular ski and snowboard options for the school holidays.


Treble Cone , the South Island’s largest ski area and winner of ‘NZ’s Best Ski Area for Multi-Skilled Families’, offers something all ages and levels of skiers and snowboarders.

Starting out with young kids? Take advantage of Treble Cone’s FREE beginner area. It is completely removed from the rest of the resort, restricting intimidating through traffic and is visible from the Base Café’s sun deck.

As the family progresses, start exploring the resorts massive expanse, including the Easy Rider beginners trail, long and uncrowded intermediate groomed runs in the Saddle Basin and super fun off-piste terrain reserved for the more advanced.

Treble Cone offers intimate full and half day Kids Group Lessons, with beginner groups capped at just 5 kids per class and all other levels capped at just 8 kids per class. Holiday Programmes, Adult Group Lessons and Private Lessons are also on offer.

Snow Farm If you can walk you can cross country ski. You can go as fast or as slow as you wish.  Whether you are the daring downhill daredevil or prefer a gentler slope we have the terrain for you. Tubing is a great way for all members of the family to enjoy their time on the snow, as are snow shoeing and dog sledding – all available in winter at Snow Farm. Everything you need for an awesome time on the snow is up at Snow Farms comprehensive facilities with rentals, cafes and plenty of space to chill out after a busy day on the snow.

Anything is possible in the Lake Wanaka region. Mix and match the mountains to your family’s individual requirements. Buy a Flexi Pass and the world of Wanaka snow is yours for the taking.

Shuttle services provide daily transport to Cardrona and Treble Cone, although self-driving gives more flexibility – just be sure to be prepared with snow chains!

All the fields offer family equipment, lift pass and tuition packages as well as first timer packs and reduced multi-day passes. Tuition packages include single to four day ski and snowboard improvement courses specially designed for kids at different abilities and in different age groups.

Not just for winter, Lake Wanaka’s distinct four seasons provide family fun all year round. There are heaps of activities for kids and families no matter what your family passions.

For further information and to get some great holiday ideas see the activities page or check out the best of our family friendly activities and attractions.


Cardrona Alpine Resort
Cardrona Alpine Resort
Cardrona Alpine Resort is New Zealand's fun and family friendly ski area
Treble Cone
Treble Cone
Long uncrowded slopes, legendary off-piste terrain, unrivalled views and genuine personal service.
Snow Farm
Snow Farm
The Snow Farm is NZ's only commercial track Nordic Ski area.
Wanaka Flexi Pass
Wanaka Flexi Pass
Flexi Pass provides access to ski at the two largest ski areas in the Lake Wanaka region
Family Friendly
Family Friendly
Skiing & snowboarding in Wanaka is guaranteed fun for everyone
First Timers
First Timers
Our first timer lessons and packages make it easy - the rest is up to you!
Best access to the southern hemisphere's largest heli-ski terrain.
Parks n' Pipes
Parks n' Pipes
Check out the southern hemisphere's most extensive terrain parks



Search the listings below to find options to suit. Just click on a tab or use the drop down options to refine your search. You can also read stories from our Lake Wanaka blog and find recommended trips to suit any travel style or stay length.

More information on Skiing and Snowboarding - Land Activities, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

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