Wanaka Ski Itinerary

5 DAYS

135 km

Highlights

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

Entfernung

  • By car: Starting in Queenstown
  • By : to Wanaka
  • By : Total travel time: 2 hours 15 min

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Only 1 hour from Queenstown, Wanaka is a boutique haven for winter holidaymakers.

Situated on the edge of picturesque Lake Wanaka, the town itself is only 30-45 minutes away from the fantastic ski fields of Cardrona and Treble Cone. Off the slopes, it's packed with plenty of fun activities to enjoy.

Day 1: Queenstown to Wanaka

Wanaka
That Wanaka Tree, Wanaka

Von Lake Wanaka Tourism

Wanaka

WANAKA

The most tranquil of the South Island lakes

Highlights

  • Spectacular lakes and mountain peaks
  • 4WD off-road tours
  • Mount Aspiring National Park

Entfernung

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 drive over the Crown Range to Wanaka or take the longer route through Gibbston Valley wine country.

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 and watch as the sun sets over the lake.

Day 2: Spend the day at Cardrona

Wanaka
Cardrona Natural High, Wanaka

Von Cardrona Alpine Resort

Highlights

  • Four terrain parks for freestylers
  • Kids Ski and Snowboard School

Entfernung

  • By car: 40 min from Wanaka

CARDRONA SKI AREA

One of New Zealand's most popular ski resorts.

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Today head towards Cardrona Alpine Resort, approximately 40 minutes' drive from Wanaka.

Cardrona is characterised by wide-open basins, with beginner trails, long blue runs and off-piste slopes, offering excitement for all. Freestylers are spoilt for choice with four terrain parks, two halfpipes, a gravity cross course and a big air jump. There are also some great kids’ programmes, with facilities to look after the tiniest tots – from 3 months of age – and the Kids Ski and Snowboard School for those up to 14 years. At lunchtime, you can choose from one of eight eateries, all offering amazing views across the slopes.

Relax in the evening with a visit to Wanaka's boutique Cinema Paradiso.

Day 3: Explore Wanaka

Wanaka
Wild Wire, Wanaka, Wanaka

Von Tourism New Zealand

Highlights

  • Wildwire climbing adventure
  • Cruise to Mou Waho Island
  • Puzzling World

Entfernung

TOP EXPERIENCES IN WANAKA

Wanaka is the perfect place to enjoy cycling, hiking and delicious food and wine.

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Off the slopes, Wanaka has plenty of amazing things do. Take a half-day cruise on the lake to Mou Waho Island and enjoy a unique nature walk. Say hello to the cheeky weka birds as they try to scrounge for your lunch. Or if you're feeling adventurous, many skydivers consider this one of the most beautiful drop zones in the world or try a Wildwire climbing adventure up twin waterfalls.

For quirkiness, at every turn, you can’t go past Puzzling World. Filled with optical illusions, a great 3D maze, eccentric architecture and the intriguing Psychic challenge, this is definitely a brain-teaser of an attraction.

Day 4: Spend the day at Treble Cone

Wanaka
Skifahren am Treble Cone, Wanaka

Von Lake Wanaka Tourism

Highlights

  • South Island's largest ski area
  • 700m vertical rise
  • Amazing views of Lake Wanaka

Entfernung

  • By car: 25 min from Wanaka

TREBLE CONE SKI AREA

Famous for its long groomed slopes, legendary off-piste and unrivalled views.

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Today you'll head for the South Island’s largest ski field, Treble Cone. It boasts the longest vertical rise, at 700 metres, compliments of a leg-burning 4km downhill run. With two basins to explore, The Saddle and Home Basins, it's no wonder that Treble Cone has become famous for its long, uncrowded, groomed slopes.

Treble Cone’s position and elevation provide the most amazing views of Lake Wanaka. If you're a first timer on the snow, Treble Cone offers ‘Nice ‘n’ Easy’ beginner surface lift tickets for free.

Day 5: Wanaka to Queenstown

Queenstown
The Ledge Bungy, Queenstown

Von AJ Hackett

Queenstown

QUEENSTOWN

Home to the ultimate adventure bucket list

Highlights

  • Adventure activities of all kinds
  • Gold mining heritage i
  • World-class food and wine

TOP EXPERIENCES IN QUEENSTOWN

Explore wineries, epic film locations, and adventure.

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This morning you'll depart Wanaka and travel back to Queenstown.

Before you leave, be sure to check out some of Queenstown's many attractions. Along with the excellent wineries in Gibbston Valley and fascinating history in Arrowtown, Queenstown offers a huge number of activities for you to try. There's a reason we call it the adventure capital.

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