Breathaking lake and mountain scenery topped with a vibrant après-ski atmosphere.

Whether you’re into fun family skiing, peaceful cross-country touring, adrenaline pumping off-piste, park jibbing or mind blowing heli-skiing, you’ll find it all here in Lake Wanaka. Lake Wanaka boasts three world-class ski areas – Cardrona Alpine Resort, Treble Cone and Snow Farm and just an hour away you will find Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. Home to winter ski fields and the Mount Aspiring National Park you will discover the totally relaxed kiwi way of life when you visit Wanaka.

If you enjoy walks around the lake, getting away from the hustle and bustle of crowded streets then you will enjoy every minute of the breathtaking views and pristine alpine mountains that surround Lake Wanaka.

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Local ski resorts

Cardrona has a terrific learner area with a variety of beginner lifts, long, wide gentle slopes and fantastic views.
Treble Cone
Over four remarkable basins (550ha), Treble Cone is the largest ski area in Queenstown and Wanaka, offering a massive diversity of terrain.

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Located close to Wanaka is Snow Farm, New Zealands only cross country ski area. At Snow Farm you can choose from a range of ‘on snow’ activities such as sledding,tubing , dog sled tours, snow mobile tours and snow shoeing.

About Wanaka

Top 10 Reasons to choose Wanaka

  1. NZ’s largest skiable terrain with 5 world class ski areas catering for all abilities and the Southern Hemisphere’s largest heli-skiing area
  2. Breathtaking lake and mountain scenery
  3. Family friendly
  4. Relaxed, tranquil, “unpressured” and easy to get around
  5. A vibrant après-ski atmosphere where you can sit in the sun on the lakefront with a beer or local pinot noir
  6. Genuine hospitality and warmth of welcome. Wanaka is where Kiwis come to ski
  7. Great selection of off-mountain attractions and activities
  8. Rated by Lonely Planet as one of its top 10 destinations for 2012
  9. Mt Aspiring National Park this World Heritage Listed area is right at your doorstep
  10. It’s not Queenstown… At Ski Express we love Queenstown but there is something extra special about Wanaka ask us for more info!

From To Travel Time
Queenstown Airport Wanaka 60 Mins
Wanaka Cardrona 25 mins
Wanaka Treble Cone 35 mins
Wanaka Queenstown 1 hr 10 mins(via Crown Range)
Wanaka The Remarkables 60 mins
Wanaka Coronet Peak 1 hr 15 mins

Wanaka offers a range of activites on those days when you need to take a break from skiing or riding.

    • Sky diving
    • Indoor climbing
    • Jet boating
    • Take a scenic flight
    • Cruise Lake Wanaka
    • Puzzling World
    • National Transport and Toy Museum
    • Warbirds and Wheels Museum
    • Heli Skiing

Looking for some great places to eat? The team at Ski Express suggest you try Amigos Mexican Grill, Kai Whakapai Café and Bar, Gin and Raspberry Pub … enjoy a cocktail or two.

Escape the hustle and bustle of Queenstown and enjoy time with your family in Wanaka. The locals are friendly and easy going and there are a number of off-mountain activities for children. Cardrona and Treble Cone operate great kids clubs and have excellent ski terrain for children and adults alike. There is something for everyone in Wanaka and for those with families the most popular choice is a visit to Puzzling World or there are also a few museum of interest the National Transport and Toy Museum or Warbirds and Wheels museum.


Whether you’re into fun family skiing, peaceful cross-country touring, adrenaline pumping off-piste, park jibbing or mind blowing heli-skiing, you’ll find it all here in Queenstown. Find out more…


Anyone wanting a Ski Holiday with the best snow should definitely think about coming to Mt Hutt. Even better if your travelling with children as you will save. Kids under 10 receive a FREE lift pass, FREE accommodation when staying with their parents or guardians, FREE meals at selected pubs and restaurants and an awesome time! Find out more…

Mt Ruapehu

Mt Ruapehu is on the North Island of New Zealand offering a ski or snowboard experience you are unlikely to get anywhere else in the world! It’s a unique opportunity to Ski on an active volcano in a World Heritage Area – Tongariro National Park. Find out more…


Tekapo represents the perfect spot to stop and take in the serenity of the stunning Southern Alps landscape. With scenery, snow and relaxing atmosphere to feel like you truly got away from it all. Find out more…