Visitors from around the world are drawn to Wanaka for its outstanding beauty, friendly locals and proximity to world class mountains. Only 45 minutes’ drive from Queenstown, this vibrant small town has it all – stylish boutiques, thriving food & drink scene and a great range of accommodation to choose from.
Wanaka is home to two ski areas, Treble Cone and Cardrona, which are now both accessible on the one lift pass!
Treble Cone holds some impressive titles; it is the largest ski area in the South Island and boasts the longest vertical rise. Treble Cone’s longest run is a thigh burning 4km! With uncrowded groomed runs and challenging off-piste skiing, there is a lot to love about Treble Cone. The Snow Play area was new for 2017 and acts a great base for families heading up the slopes for the first time.
Cardrona is known for its consistent snow conditions thanks to its higher altitude and easterly-facing basins. With wide open slopes & plenty of space for everyone, including the longest beginner trail in NZ, at 3.6km, Cardrona is considered by many to be a learner’s paradise. But it's not just for beginners. Cardrona features the most extensive terrain park facilities in the Southern Hemisphere, with 4 different parks that cater for all levels of skier or rider including 2 halfpipes, a big air, world cup slopestyle course & a gravity cross course! Whether you want to stop & watch the action from the side-lines or get involved yourself, you won’t be disappointed!
Throughout the charming lakefront town, a variety of hotels, apartments, and luxury resorts are available. Staying in Wanaka puts you just 20 minutes drive from the slopes. With options ranging from 3 to 5 stars properties, there's something for all budgets and needs.
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How to get there
The closest airport is Queenstown (ZQN); direct flights are available from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Flight time is approximately 3 hours.
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Wanaka is located 1 hour drive from Queenstown airport. Car hire pick up is available at the airport; other options include pre-ordered transfers. Talk to our team to organise!
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Wanaka is the quiet achiever. This refined laid back lakeside mountain town lacks the glitz of Queenstown but it serves up a whole lot of ...
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