Skiing & Snowboarding in Wanaka

The ultimate snow experience for first-time skiers and boarders through to seasoned pros

Located in the spectacular Southern Alps of New Zealand, Wanaka is the perfect base to enjoy the best skiing in New Zealand, with three diverse ski areas Cardrona, Treble Cone and Snow Farm all within a 40-minute drive from the town centre. 

It's also home to New Zealand’s best-kept secret - private ski area Soho Basin and the largest heli-ski terrain in the Southern Hemisphere! 

The 2020 ski season start dates are 26 June Cardrona, 27 June Treble Cone and 19 June Snow Farm.

Check out our #skiwanaka videos for some inspiration and see 10 things you can do in winter

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Plan Your Trip

Where to stay, how to get to the mountains, where to get ski passes and gear, ski packages plus everything else you need to know to plan your Wanaka winter holiday including other fun things you can do on the snow. And if it’s not here you can just ask our helpful team at the Visitor Centre via the “Messenger” button below.

Explore the Region

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Click on your location below to see how close you are to Wanaka

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Driving to Wanaka

Driving on the South Island roads of New Zealand is a great way to experience the region, with relatively quiet roads and some of the most amazing scenery right outside the window.

Major car and campervan hire companies are all located at Christchurch, Dunedin and Queenstown airports. There are also a number of rental car companies based in Wanaka.

How to get to Wanaka

Explore the Region

Wanaka is unique and captivating; it inspires you to discover, and gives you the freedom to explore.

Located in the stunning alps of the South Island, New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wanaka region by its outstanding beauty.

Explore Wanaka

  1. Mount Aspiring
    National Park
    54 min
  2. Christchurch 5 h 14 min
  3. Ashburton 3 h 56 min
  4. Geraldine 3 h 19 min
  5. Tekapo 2 h 17 min
  6. Mt Cook 2 h 6 min
  7. Twizel 1 h 39 min
  8. Omarama 1 h 21 min
  9. Franz Josef 3 h 32 min
  10. Fox Glacier 3 h 6 min
  11. Haast 1 h 43 min
  12. Cromwell 39 min
  13. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  14. Milford Sound 4 h 34 min
  15. Te Anau 2 h 52 min
  16. Dunedin 2 h 52 min
  1. Mount Aspiring
    National Park
    54 min
  2. Coronet Peak
  3. The Remarkables
  4. Cardrona
  5. Treble Cone
  6. Snow Farm
  7. Heli Skiing
  8. Heli Skiing
  9. Makarora 50 min
  10. Lake Hawea 1 h 7 min
  11. Wanaka Airport 11 min
  12. Luggate 13 min
  13. Tarras 27 min
  14. Cromwell 39 min
  15. Arrowtown 53 min
  16. Queenstown 1 h 4 min
  17. Queenstown Airport 59 min
  18. Matukituki Valley 51 min
  19. Raspberry Creek 1 h 6 min

Flights to Wanaka

Getting to Wanaka is easy - click on your city to see how close you are to Wanaka. It’s a short, scenic 60-minute drive to Wanaka from the closest international airport, where you will find all major rental car companies and scheduled bus services that provide transport to Wanaka throughout the day.

How to get to Wanaka


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