Suggested Spring Ski Itinerary
Spring Skiing in Wānaka
Wānaka is truly a winter playground with a long snow season which provides months of fun on the snow right through until the spring months of September and early October.
The season kicks off in mid-late June and generally runs through until early October.
You are spoilt for choice with the ski areas of Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone within easy reach. For something different try Nordic(cross country) skiing at the SnowFarmNZ at Cardrona. Explore the heavens and be captivated by the pristine nature of heli-skiing on the slopes high above Wānaka.
Situated only one hour from Queenstown airport, Edgewater Resort and Wānaka are easy to reach via the scenic Crown Range road.
Plan you spring Wānaka ski holiday now. Here is a suggestion of how you can do this.
DAY ONE – Arrive Queenstown/Wānaka
Fly into Queenstown airport. With flights from New Zealand’s key ports and many flights a day from Australia’s East Coast, there are plenty of options.
Try and book early for the better choice of fares, times and seats.
Flights from Australia are provided by Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, QANTAS Airways and Jetstar. From within New Zealand try Air New Zealand and Jetstar. There are leading rental cars located at Queenstown airport or if you prefer a transfer there are a number of providers.
Tip: Ask for a window seat as Queenstown is ranked as the 7th most stunning approach in the world.
Travel one hour, over the Crown Range, to your accommodation at Edgewater Resort and Spa, which is located on the Wanaka lakefront in the boutique township of same name.
With 104 rooms at the hotel, there are three guest room styles you can choose for your clients. All guest rooms are lake-facing with views of the spectacular mountains beyond. They all feature either a balcony or patio, providing direct access outside to enjoy the pristine environment.
Guest services include Sargoods Restaurant and the Wineglass Café. The spacious location allows guests to enjoy facilities such as all-weather tennis, Element Day Spa, sauna and free parking near to guest rooms.
We also have ski drying rooms at the hotel to dry your ski clothing after a day on the slopes. Free parking is available near your room.
Edgewater is privately owned and independently managed. The hotel holds a four star plus hotel grade from Qualmark New Zealand.
DAY TWO – Cardrona Alpine Resort
Wake up and check the audio snow reports from your hotel phone, or via our free wi-fi on your internet capable device. After a hearty breakfast drive to Cardrona ski area (about 40 minutes from Edgewater Wānaka).
All levels of skiers and boarders will be in paradise at Cardrona thanks to an abundance of wide open trails that meander across three bowls as well as four world class terrain parks. Cardrona is renowned for their comprehensive kids’ facilities.
In 2021 Cardrona is due to open on 1 June and close mid October.
This afternoon soak up the après-ski atmosphere at the Wineglass Café and Bar.
DAY THREE – Cardrona Alpine Resort
Enjoy your second day on Cardrona.
DAY FOUR – SnowFarmNZ Cardrona
Today it is at a different pace. Glide around the trails at SnowfarmNZ as you experience Nordic or cross-country skiing at New Zealand’s only Nordic ski facility. There are trails for beginners to advanced skiers ranging in distance from 1.8km to 12.5km.
Return to Edgewater and enjoy your pre-booked massage at Element Edgewater day spa.
DAY FIVE – Treble Cone
High above Lake Wānaka, Treble Cone is the largest ski area in the South Island and offers the longest vertical rise in the Wānaka/Queenstown area. Famous for long, uncrowded groomed slopes and legendary off-piste terrain Treble Cone’s views are unrivaled.
Travel time to and from Treble Cone is around 40 minutes.
This evening relax with a glass of well-earned Central Otago Pinot Noir wine at Cinema Paradiso or Ruby’s and snuggle down to watch their latest movie.
DAY SIX – Heli-skiing
This morning step out from your guest room and be picked up from Edgewater’s heli-pad (with pre-arrangement) for a day of heli-skiing.
Rise high above the Lake Wānaka and the dramatic glacier-carved surrounds before arriving at your own pristine slopes for a day of the longest, quietest and most powdery runs of your visit.
Regale in tales of your day in the spectacular Southern Alps over dinner in the Wineglass Café.
DAY SEVEN – Depart Wanaka
After an amazing, adrenaline filled week it is sadly time to leave Wānaka. Take a leisurely drive from Wānaka to Cromwell and explore the wineries of Bannockburn for some wine-tasting before heading towards Queenstown.
We recommend Amisfield Winery and their ‘Trust the Chef’ menu. Amisfield hosted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their New Zealand tour of April 2014.
Depart from Queenstown Airport.
IMPORTANT SKI INFO
Transfer via rental car from Queenstown airport or via organised transport. Drive each day to the ski slopes in your rental car. Alpine driving conditions prevail and you may be required to fit snow-chains. Please drive to the conditions and obey all directions and instructions from authorities.
Shuttles from Edgewater Resort and Spa to all the ski areas are available by arrangement.
All ski areas (Cardrona, Treble Cone and SnowfarmNZ) have equipment for hire on the slopes or you can secure hire rental gear from one of the many providers in Wānaka.
For heli-skiing you will need to be equipped with your own gear (can be hired from a provider in Wānaka). You will need slightly different equipment for heli-skiing. Heli-boarding is OK too. The heli-ski provider will provide guides, avalanche transponders and safety direction.
Ski areas and ski shops in Wānaka provide jackets and pants for hire. You will need to provide your own gloves, goggles and hats. Helmets are highly recommended and some ski areas provide them for hire.
Alpine conditions can change quickly. It is highly advisable to ensure you have woolen clothing under your jackets and/or pants. Sunscreen is a must.
Cardrona, Treble Cone and SnowfarmNZ all have a variety of terrain to suit beginners to advanced skiers or riders. They all have instruction and lessons (both group and private) available. For heli-skiing you should be a competent intermediate to advanced skier and expect powdery ski conditions, which are quite different from the groomed slopes at the ski areas.
This itinerary has been developed by Edgewater – Lake Wānaka, as a suggestion and to highlight the ski offerings around Wānaka.