Plan your own winter holiday in Lake Wanaka and book accommodation, equipment and transport directly or take advantage of the excellent winter packages offered by specialist winter agents. Check through the categories in this section for information about air travel, car rental, travel agents and transport to and from the mountains. Email your accommodation requests, pre-book your ski or snowboard rental - and you are ready for an awesome winter
Most people fly in to Queenstown, Christchurch or Dunedin airports and rent a car or jump on a bus. But the big news is, you can now fly into Wanaka direct from Christchurch. Air New Zealand is operating return flights once daily. Christchurch airport is the main gateway for international and domestic flights in the South Island. It is only a short connecting flight between Christchurch and Wanaka or Queenstown.
There are regular flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to Christchurch and also weekly international flights from Australian cities into Queenstown airport.
Getting to Wanaka -
Airlines & International Flights:
Air New Zealand: www.airnewzealand.co.nz
Singapore Airlines: www.singaporeair.com
Pacific Blue: www.pacificblue.com
Virgin Blue: www.virginblue.com.au
Origin Air: www.originpacific.co.nz
Emirates : www.emirates.com
Information on road condtions is available here.
A number of companies offers services around Wanaka to the popluar destinations. while others will provide you with a guided tour to a destination or offer services such as personal transport and ski packages options. To find out more check out the Local Transport Services
Agents & Package Holidays
There are many different travel packages available that allow you to enjoy Wanaka in the winter. The ones listed below tend to be the major operators who have the most flexible packages. The brief’s below on each of the operators are overviews and specific benefits and conditions need to be checked at time of booking.
Value Tours: The largest Australian operator has the most comprehensive range of accommodation available. All lift passes are fully interchangeable, even for off snow activities. www.valuetours.com.au
Ski Max: Uses Qantas as its preferred carrier and is developing a good base of accommodation here in Wanaka. Lift passes are fully interchangeable. Web address is www.skimax.com.au/html/frnewzealand.html
Ski Express: Well known operator in both New Zealand and Australia. Fly/drive and accommodation packages. www.skiexpress.co.nz
Kirra Tours: Widely known for coach and fly drive holidays and now offering flexible ski options into the Southern Lakes. www.kirratours.com
Alpine World: As keen skiers and boarders Alpine World has a particular affinity with Wanaka. Lift passes can be interchangeable with an upgrade. Either upgrade or don’t purchase them and pick up as you go once in town. www.alpineworld.com.au
Ski One: www.skiarama.com
USA, UK, Europe, French Polynesia and rest of the world
Ski Express and Ski Max as above
or contact one of the airlines listed and put together your own Wanaka holiday through this website.