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Visit Lake Wanaka in Winter

There’s nothing blank about the canvas that smothers Lake Wanaka’s mountains in pristine white.

Terrain variety the envy of the world begs you to carve your name into a landscape mounted on a stunning backdrop of solid blue no human artist could ever mix.

You can tell the first-time winter visitors to Lake Wanaka, they’re the one trying to take it all in.

Three dedicated ski areas, thousands of hectares of terrain to conquer; vast heli-skiing options; countless off-mountain activity choices from jet-boating and flightseeing, to simply strolling along the lakeshore, and a small town filled with big-city choice… fitting it all in gives them a blurred look to go with a growing commitment to come back as the memories unwind on high rotation.

You’ll see them wandering wide-eyed throughout town on the crisp days, sharing a post-activity drinks in the bars and cafes and picking up ideas for tomorrow from the locals.

By the time they’re travelling home again they’ll know the ropes and they’ll be locking in on a winter addiction and matching it to a mountain topped by some of the planet’s most consistent snow and après ski.

Nowhere wears white like Lake Wanaka

Winter Weather

  • Winter 1 June to 31 August
  • Average winter temperature 10°C

A spectacular season when the mountains are busy with skiers and snowboarders and the towns abuzz each evening with après ski activity. With three local ski fields catering for downhill, cross country and park jibbing - you'll find it all here in Lake Wanaka.

Winter Activities

Without doubt no winter visit to Lake Wanaka would be complete without trying some on snow activities, but this doesn't mean you can ski or snowboard then sit back and relax. In Lake Wanaka we have some amazing on snow activities that aren't available anywhere else in New Zealand like dog sledding or ice and snow driving, both unforgettable experiences.

There are plenty of great family activities for the kids as well including some cool free stuff like tubing or sledding at Snow Farm. Plus all the tried and true unique activities beloved by kids all year round!

Skiing & Snowboarding
Skiing & Snowboarding
Australasia's largest skiable terrain offers you the best winter has to offer anywhere!
Things to see & do
Things to see & do
The vast variety of things to see and do keep even the most active entertained
Heli Skiing
Heli Skiing
The Lake Wanaka region has the largest heli-skiing area outside North America
Snow and Ice Driving
Snow and Ice Driving
A once in a lifetime driving experience with qualified instructors and luxury cars.

Winter Events

The winter events calendar in Lake Wanaka is packed with action.

NZ Mountain Film Festival
NZ Mountain Film Festival
National and international filmmakers come together to showcase their films for 5 days
Winter Games
Winter Games
The best of the world’s elite winter sports athletes will compete in Lake Wanaka
Merino Muster
Merino Muster
New Zealand's World Loppet cross country ski race

Check out the Winter events

Don't forget we are a four season destination - come visit us in:
Autumn      Summer      Spring

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