Featured Activities

When the snow falls, Wānaka just gets better.

Skiing & snowboarding

With two dedicated alpine ski resorts and a private ski area – Wānaka is a great base for a ski & snowboard holiday. Try them all: Cardrona Alpine Resort, Treble Cone and Soho Basin.


Cross-country skiing

Snow Farm, near Wānaka, is the only dedicated cross-country ski area in New Zealand. The 55km of groomed trails are perfect for beginners and experts alike.



With the best ski and snowboard terrain in New Zealand, the vast and diverse terrain around Wānaka offers superb conditions suitable for intermediate to advanced skiers. Southern Lakes Heliski and Harris Mountain Heli Ski have over 40 years experience and 700+ runs.

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Snowshoeing or the Snow Fun Zone

If you don’t ski or you want to do something different then try snowshoeing and explore the high trails at Snow Farm. The dedicated Snow Fun Zone there is also a great place to have some fun in the snow. Throw snowballs, build snowmen and make snow angels, then head over to the Tubing Hill for as much fun as you can handle!

Stay overnight in a backcountry hut

An overnight adventure in a backcountry hut is an epic experience. Snow Farm has three backcountry huts which have gas cookers, log burners and firewood as well as a small range of cooking and cutlery equipment. Bookings are essential.


Watch world-class events

Catch the pros in action at annual events like Winter Games NZ and the Jossi Wells Invitational.


Glacier landings

With over 100 permanent glaciers in the mountains surrounding Wānaka, a scenic flight with a glacier landing is easy. This option allows you to experience winter all year round!

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Once the sun sets and you’re off the mountain, then the real fun begins. Après-ski Wānaka-style can be as sophisticated or simple as you like. Hang out at the food trucksdrink craft beer, head to a winery, eat at award-winning Kika or head to a bar and swap tall stories about neck deep powder.