Wanaka is probably New Zealand’s best ski town. With views looking out over lakes, mountain ranges and valleys, with two great ski areas on its door step and more nearby it gives excellent access to the South Islands best slopes. Read this guide to Wanaka skiing holidays to find out why it is the destination for you.
The township is smaller and quieter than Queenstown and has a more relaxed feel to it. Still offering a vast amount of restaurants and shops within walking distance of most accommodations a Wanaka skiing holidays have it all.
If you are basing yourself in Wanaka your two closest ski resorts are Cardrona and Treble Cone. You can still head over the hill to the Queenstown resorts of Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. One of the great things about being based in Wanaka is that Ohau ski field is also accessible for a day trip.
Treble cone is just 45 minutes from Wanaka and has not only fantastic skiing, but views to match. With mainly intermediate and advanced terrain, Treble Cone is an intermediate and advanced skiers paradise. With gullies, chutes, rocks and steeps there is something to be found for even the most adventurous.
Cardrona is a close 35-minute drive and offers incredible beginner and intermediate terrain. With long wide-open groomer trails it is the place to be to find your legs on your first day. If you are after something a little steeper try arcade chutes.
There is some great off-piste riding between each of the three bowls that creates Cardrona ski resort. If rails and jumps are what you after, Cardrona has that too with arguably New Zealand’s best terrain park, hosting events like the Freeski NZ Open in both park and pipe.
Ohau ski field is a just over 2 hours away and it a little beauty tucked away in the Southern Alps. Once you are there you will see it is well worth the drive. Generally having small crowds, this local ski resort can easily make for the best day of the holiday.
Wanaka is an ideal base for what could be your best ski holiday ever! Offering access to five of the top ski areas we feel Wanaka is New Zealand’s best ski town. The relaxed nature of the town and friendly locals makes Wanaka skiing holidays perfect in every way.
We hope you found this guide to skiing holidays in Wanaka useful. If you are planning a trip to New Zealand’s best ski town then check out NZ Snow Tours: www.nzsnowtours.com