New Zealand, Wanaka

New Zealand, Wanaka

Things to do - general

Wanaka is an area on the south island of New Zealand, where you will find two ski resorts, Treble Cone and Cardrona. Most Activites in town are based around the lake and heavily involve the outdoors, from hiking to kayaking there is something for everyone. During winter the most popular activity is skiing or snowboarding at the nearest ski resorts. Just a short flight from Australia, Queenstown Airport is the closest international airport.

Wanaka is one of the most tranquil and picturesque places on the planet and the perfect destination for a snow holiday. Wanaka is the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park and is located approximately 90 Minutes from Queenstown.

Accommodation is of high quality in Wanaka with a range of option available to guests inlcuidng back packers, hotels and luxury B&B’s.

Wanaka along with Queenstown are the epicenters of snow in the southern hemisphere with close proximity to 4 major ski resorts and amazing alpine views.

Over 4 amazing basins, Treble Cone is the south Islands largest ski area with 1359 acres of skiable area, offering massive diversity of terrain for all levels of experience. Treble Cone is also home to the longest runs in the Queentown and Wanaka Area with the longest run being 4 leg burning kilmoetres with a 700 metre vertical drop.


Country New Zealand
Visa requirementsNone on Australian Passport
Languages spokenEnglish
Currency usedNew Zealand Dollar (NZD)
Ski Area SizeTreble Cone: 1359 Acres

Cardrona: 852.5 Acres
Highest PointTreble Cone: 2088 Metres

Cardrona: 1860 Metres
Vertical DropTreble Cone: 700 Metres

Cardrona: 600 Metres
Longest RunTreble Cone: 4km

Cardrona: 3.6km
LiftsTreble Cone
6 Seater Express, Quad Chair, Surface Lift, Magic Carpet, 4,500 people per hour capacity
2 x Quad Fixed, 2 x Quad express, 2 x Magic Carpets , 1 x surface lift and 11,000 people per hour capacity
SeasonTreble Cone
26th June - 28th September
20th June - 5th October
TerrainTreble Cone
10% Beginner
45% Intermediate
45% advanced

25% beginner
50% intermediate
25% advanced
Nearest AirportQueenstown, New Zealand
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Nightlife info

There are a great range of Wanaka restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and budgets, many of them located on the main street over-looking Lake Wanaka, or further up the hill. Wanaka has fine dining establishments, cafes, casual dining, pubs and also lots of fast food establishments. Many Wanaka restaurants use local produce and wines, but there is also international cuisine available including Indian, Thai and Mexican.
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Culture and history info

The discovery of gold in the 1870's brought a rush to the area. Once the gold rush faded, the main source of income was high country farming. Today, tourism is the towns new gold - an endeavour that requires the environment to be looked after and maintained to stay picture perfect.

Treble Cone
Treble Cone was formed as a private company in 1968. In 1976 construction began including ticket offices, cafeteria, toilets and medical aid. Between 1995 and 2012 development continued with a lot of money invested into the ski area and new lifts put in and existing lifts upgraded. In 2012 the OnepassNZ joint lift and activity pass for Wanaka was introduced. In 2013 Treble cone was awarded New Zealand's Best Ski Resort at the World ski Awards.
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Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort Wanaka

20 Studholme Road, Wanaka 9381 NZ
The Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort Wanaka is a 4 star hotel set in a stunning mountain landscape offe More info
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The Base Wanaka

73 Brownston Street, Wanaka NZ
The Base Wanaka follows the BASE tradition as a one stop hostel in the centre of beautiful Wanaka on More info
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The Moorings Motel and Apartments Wanaka

17 Lakeside Road, Lake Wanaka NZ
The Moorings Motel and Apartments Wanaka is a stylish, quality, self-catering motel and apartment ac More info
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Wanaka has a variety of activities, many involving the picturesque Lake Wanaka. Activities includes hiking, mountain biking, scenic flights, hunting, fishing, quad biking, rock climbing, jet boating, kayaking and canyoning. The most popular of activities in winter being Skiing and snowboarding the two resorts Cardrona and Treble Cone.

Unfortunately there are no self-catering offers at this location at the moment.

Unfortunately there are no tour offers at this location at the moment.

Ski Programs

Treble Cone
Adult and Kids group lessons
Private Lessons
Learn to Ski/Board Program
Kids Programs
Ski Improvement camps
Childcare services

Ski and Snowboard school - Private, beginner and group
Cardrona Alpine Ski team - for Ski race athletes
Cardrona Parks squad - for freestyle athletes
Kids programs for 5 years and over
Child care for 5 years and under


Treble Cone
Queenstown to Treble Cone daily $49 return

Queenstown to Cardrona daily $45 return
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