Skiing in Queenstown and Wanaka

Experience a winter adventure in Queenstown and Wanaka, where you come for top-quality snow and an abundance of off-mountain activities.

Epic snow for every level

Queenstown
The Remarkables, Queenstown

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Wanaka
Treble Cone, Wanaka

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Wanaka
Cardrona Alpine Resort, Wanaka

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Queenstown
Onsen Hot Pools , Queenstown

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Wanaka
Rippon Vineyard, Wanaka

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Queenstown
Coronet Peak , Queenstown

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Dedicated beginner area

Epic runs for every level

Easy rentals

Hot pools

Food and Wine

Uncrowded slopes

Queenstown

Queenstown

Check out more about The Remarkables

The Remarkables

The Remarkables has something for everyone. Plenty of space for beginners, dedicated freestyle areas, and some of the best alpine views in the world.

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Proximity

Wanaka

Wanaka

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Treble Cone ski area

Treble Cone is the largest ski area in the South Island. There's a free beginner surface lift and un-crowded slopes making it perfect for learners.

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Proximity

  • By car: 30 mins from Wanaka
Wanaka

Wanaka

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Highlights

  • Easy to hire gear on mountain
  • Ski lessons for all ages and abilities
  • 5 cafes and restaurants
Queenstown

Queenstown

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Highlights

  • Take time to relax and unwind
  • Or try a high-adrenaline challenge
  • There's plenty to see and do
Wanaka

Wanaka

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Top experiences in Queenstown & Wanaka

Sample the region's award-winning Pinot Noir at various vineyards all a stone's throw from Wanaka.

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Queenstown

Queenstown

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Highlights

  • Dedicated learner areas
  • Quick and easy on-mountain rentals
  • Excellent bars and restaurants

It's easy to get to the slopes

Driving in winter is easy, just hire a car and set off at your own pace. Or, if you don't fancy driving, just sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery on one of the many shuttle buses that will bring you straight to the ski field.

Before you pack your beanie and gloves, check out our list of must-knows.

Can I drive to the mountain?

Yes, all four ski areas are accessible by car and driving yourself means you can arrive or leave whenever you want. For more information on driving in winter, click here.

Driving times: 

  • Coronet Peak: 25 mins from Queenstown 
  • The Remarkables: 40 mins from Queenstown 
  • Treble Cone: 35 mins from Wanaka 
  • Cardrona: 35 mins from Wanaka 

Shuttle buses

Hop on one of the regular shuttle buses that run to and from convenient pick up locations and many major accommodation providers across Queenstown and Wanaka. Click for more information on shuttles for The Remarkables, Coronet Peak, Treble Cone and Cardrona. 

Are there other ski areas nearby? 

Yes, if you're after a club ski field experience, why not try Snow Farm or Soho Basin, both easily accessible from Wanaka. 

What else is there to do apart from ski?

There's plenty of off-mountain experiences to enjoy in both Queenstown and Wanaka - check out some suggestions here.  

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