1 June to 31 August 
Average temperature 10°C 

Winter arrives in early June with colder temperatures - it's a spectacular season when the mountains are transformed by the first snowfalls.

Without doubt, Wānaka is the best place to enjoy everything that winter has to offer. Four ski fields with cross country skiing, tubing, tobogganing, fat-biking, dog sledding, ice driving and even snow shoeing

You don’t need to be a winter sports fan to enjoy Wānaka in winter, as plenty of activities operate all year-round.

Indoor options include the Transport and Toy Museum, Warbirds and Wheels, Puzzling World and the towns two incredible cinema experiences. 

When night falls, just put on a warm coat and get out and enjoy some of the après ski scene with plenty of local beers, wines and spirits to sample.

Winter Events:

What to wear in winter:

  • Warm base layers, hat and gloves and scarf. Warm and waterproof shoes.  
  • A warm top and jacket.
  • Sun screen, sunglasses – you can still get burnt on the mountain!

Winter foods to enjoy:

  • Slow roasted Cardrona lamb, venison and hearty soups
  • Roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and hot chocolate
  • Lots of layers including merino or fleece, warm socks & boots, trousers, tops, a good winter jacket, beanie and gloves.
  • And yes sunscreen again… you can still get burnt in winter especially on the ski fields!