With five international ski areas to choose from and the largest heli-skiing area outside North America, Lake Wanaka offers something for everyone. Lake Wanaka is the perfect base to experience some of the South Island and New Zealand’s best skiing and snowboarding, and is ultimate destination for a South Island and New Zealand ski holiday.
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Lake Wanaka boasts three world-class ski areas – Cardrona Alpine Resort, Treble Cone and Snow Farm with Coronet Peak and The Remarkables just an hour away, giving you the most varied New Zealand skiing and snowboarding experience. Whether you’re into fun family skiing, peaceful cross-country touring, adrenaline pumping off-piste, park jibbing or mind blowing heli-skiing, you’ll find it here in Lake Wanaka.
Now with OnePassNZ you have the flexiblity to enjoy the best that Wanaka has to offer. Two ski areas gives you access to a massive 850 hectares of combined lift-serviced terrain, and also offers tourists access to some of the South Island's biggest adventure attractions.
For the ultimate mountain experience stay on snow at Cardrona or ski tour to a remote backcountry hut and enjoy fresh powder turns as the sun rises.
The New Zealand ski season usually starts in June and goes into October. Exact dates depend on the snow and the conditions, and differ for each ski field depending on their location. Check out the individual ski fields’ for their ski season opening dates. You can also check out our Snow Reports page for ski area information and the current status and snow report for each ski area.
Off snow the vibrant resort town has everything you need from ski rentals to mountain transport, cafes to accommodation, all delivered with genuine Kiwi hospitality.
Lake Wanaka is the location of New Zealand's only dedicated cross-country skiing area, with over 50 kilometres of tracks way up in the Pisa Range.
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Enjoy the tranquility of the Pisa Range. Picture a skiing experience with kilometres of snow in front of you, far-reaching views across Lake Wanaka to Mt Aspiring National Park, and no sound other than the swish of your skis.
Treble Cone Ski Area We've received 3 - 5cm of wind affected snow throughout the day today, which has blown into the gullies, and it's been super chilly keeping the snow guns cranking. Today's Max Vert leader was Benjamin Gentry who clocked up 19,000m o...