South Island trips

Ski Wanaka this winter

5 Days


Central Queenstown to Central Queenstown


  • Ski the Saddle Basin
  • Cardrona Terrain Park
  • Cruise Lake Wanaka

Best time of year

June - September

Only 1 hour from Queenstown, Wanaka reveals herself as a boutique haven for winter holiday makers. Situated on the edge of picturesque Lake Wanaka, Wanaka town is only 30-45 minutes away from the fantastic ski areas of Cardrona and Treble Cone.

Pepper your ski holiday with fun off the slopes. Try a 4WD tour, lake cruise or amble around the town checking out the shops, cafes, restaurants and bars.


Lake Wanaka is a beautiful base for both winter skiing and summertime adventures

Photo by Lake Wanaka Tourism

Day 1

Arrive in Wanaka

1 hr

7 mins

71 km

44 mi


You’ll be mesmerised as your plane descends between the sky-piercing Alps and lands at New Zealand’s most picturesque airport, Queenstown. Enjoy the beautifully scenic 1-hour drive over the Crown Range, before Wanaka reveals herself. 

Situated on the edge of Lake Wanaka, Wanaka is a boutique-style town giving you the freedom to do your own thing, away from the crowds. Enjoy your evening relaxing beside a roaring open fire at one of the excellent bars or restaurants, watching the sun set over the lake.

Bungy, Queenstown

Start in Central Queenstown

Queenstown is a place for adventure and indulgence. From sky-diving to fine dining, this resort town offers something for everyone.

Lake Wanaka

End in Wanaka

A lively town buzzing with a carefree spirit, Wanaka’s picture-perfect location and easy access to the outdoors makes it the ultimate base for your holiday.

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