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Ski Wanaka, New Zealand


Lake Wanaka, New Zealand has been named in the top 25 ski towns worldwide by the National Geographic. Wanaka is the only Southern Hemisphere town to make the list that includes iconic ski destinations such as Chamonix (France), Aspen (USA), Whistler (Canada) and Zermatt (Switzerland).

Black Peak and Lake Wanaka, New Zealand in winter

Golf Course view over Lake Wanaka, New Zealand






(left: Lake Wanaka & Black Peak, right: Lake Wanaka Golf Course - photos: Lake Wanaka Tourism)

Why Ski Wanaka, New Zealand? Resting on the shores of Lake Wanaka amongst the snow covered Southern Alps; Wanaka is recognised as New Zealand’s premier winter adventure hub. Full of the hustle and bustle of passionate outdoors people, town becomes a buzz throughout the winter ski season.

The only ski town in the Southern Hemisphere to be named in National Geographic’s top 25 Ski Towns

Visit for more information on getting to, visiting, playing and staying in Wanaka, New Zealand or visit to be inspired by our spectacular region.

In winter, Wanaka, New Zealand plays home to three ski fields, all within a 40 minute drive. The closest of the Wanaka ski area is Treble Cone, who also lays title to the largest ski field in New Zealand’s South Island. Travel a little further and you will find the dedicated cross country ski field of Snow Farm, and Cardrona ski area. 

After a day skiing Wanaka, the lake foreshore offers an especially unique après vibe, overlooking Lake Wanaka and the surrounding snowy peaks. With most of Wanaka’s accommodation within a short walk (or taxi ride) from town, you won’t feel out of place strolling home with red cheeks and skis over your shoulder at the end of a great day snowboarding or skiing in Wanaka.

A view over Wanaka at night photo Tucker Patton

(Lake Wanaka at night - photo: Tucker Patton)

For dinner, Wanaka, New Zealand is peppered with restaurants catering for families, quick bites and romantic dinners. If you are making a night of it, try one of the several brew houses in town before heading to the bars to brag about your day snowboarding or skiing one of Wanaka’s ski fields. 

True to reputation, Wanaka in winter offerings an endless number of activities to keep everyone entertained during a rest day off snow. Many of the cafes, adventure activities and day spas offer discounts with your Flexi Pass (Treble Cone and Cardrona joint ski pass) making enjoying more of what Wanaka has to offer easier.

Enjoy après overlooking the majestic Lake Wanaka at sunset. No better way to end a Wanaka ski day!

Getting to Wanaka in Winter

Treble Cone is the closest ski field to Wanaka, New Zealand, located a short 35 minute scenic drive around Lake Wanaka. There are many options including door to door shuttle services helping Wanaka’s ski visitors to get to Treble Cone. 


Regular flights between major Australian and New Zealand Airports fly direct to Queenstown Airport throughout the winter season. Direct flights are serviced by Air New Zealand, JetStar, Virgin and Qantas

  • Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane to Queenstown – 3h 30m flight 
  • Christchurch to Queenstown – 1 hour flight 
  • Auckland to Queenstown  – 1h 50m flight 
  • Wellington to Queenstown – 1h 45m flight 

Queenstown Airport Transfer

Wanaka is located a scenic 50 minute drive from Queenstown Airport over the historic Crown Range. Jucy Rentals are located in Queenstown Airport and are a great budget way to rent a car or camper to drive to ski Wanaka. Alternatively, airport bus or private shuttle options are available into Wanaka. 

Queenstown Airport to Wanaka 4 x Daily From $ 35
Wanaka to Queenstown Airport 4 x Daily From $ 35
Queenstown Airport to Wanaka 2 x Daily From $ 35
Wanaka to Queenstown Airport 2 x Daily From $ 35
  • The Black VanThe Black Van
    Bookings: 0800 874 537

    A private luxury van to pick you up exactly when you want and drop you exactly where you want.
Luxury TransferOne WayReturnExtra Person
Queenstown Airport to Wanaka $ 139 $ 275 $ 25
Including up to 4 passengers. Extra fare applies for additional passengers (max 7 pax)
Pick up time to meet your arriving or departing flight

Drive to Ski Wanaka in Winter

Wanaka is the gateway to the west coast, and as such has extensive road networks from every direction. 

  • Queenstown (airport) to Wanaka – 60 minute drive 
  • Dunedin (airport) to Wanaka – 3 hour drive 
  • Christchurch (airport) to Wanaka – 5 hour drive 

Jucy Rentals are located in all of New Zealand’s major airports and are a great budget way to rent a car or camper and drive to ski Wanaka. 

Bus to Ski Wanaka in Winter

Regular coaches run between Wanaka and Christchurch, Invercargill, Dunedin, Queenstown, West Coast and surrounding local areas to Wanaka.

For more information about getting to Wanaka, visit Lake Wanaka Tourism