Learn to Ski & Snowboard in Wanaka

Everything you need to know about skiing in Wanaka

The Wanaka region is the ideal place to learn to ski or snowboard. Whether you are four or forty, as a beginner you’re going to have a great time, and you'll wish you’d started earlier!

So, what do you need to know?

What to wear?

  • The weather on mountain can change dramatically, so it's best to be prepared. Wear layers, the innermost should be light thermal underwear – merino is a great way to stay comfortable and warm. Take a wind and waterproof jacket, gloves, scarf, beanie, glasses or goggles, and suntan lotion, is a good idea also. Remember that kids get a lot colder up the mountain than adults, so make sure they are dressed for the conditions.

Where can I get gear?

  • Skis, boots, poles, or snowboard and boots can be rented from the mountains rental facilities or in Wanaka town itself. High quality, new gear is available from hire shops.

How to get there? 

  • Many people self-drive their rental car up the mountain, a 30-40 minute drive from Wanaka, for this you will need to ensure your rental comes with snow chains. There are also excellent twice daily shuttle services from Wanaka that will pick up and drop off at your accommodation.

I'm on mountain now what?

  • Get yourself a learn to ski or board package - there are a variety choose from. 1 to 3 day packages include everything you will need to get started, lift pass, lessons and rentals. If you want to do this ahead of time, you can also purchase these before you head to the mountain at the Wanaka i-SITE Centre, or from the Cardrona and Treble Cone town offices.