Wanaka's best kept winter secret and where many of the world's X-Country ski teams come to train


A Letter from our Chairman John Burridge


Wanaka waves its wand.  Magic mountains beckon.

Arriving at Queenstown airport after a flight from Melbourne with your Kangaroo Hoppet pin secure in your back pack be prepared for big mountains and lashings of Central Otago magic.

Clearing customs and immigration will be a breeze. Forget the LA queues and be welcomed by easy going locals and their dogs who just need to make sure you are not carrying any Australian fruit (we think ours is better), snakes or spiders and have cleaned your ski boots.

Short walk to your bus (100 metres max.) and just admire the surrounding mountains and snow while you wait for your companions to load gear and climb on board.  Your bus trip to Wanaka takes an hour and goes up and over the Crown range, down the narrow Cardrona valley past the famous Cardrona Hotel (must visit) to Wanaka.  On the way up to the Crown range pass there are spectacular views back to Lake Wakatipu and the old gold mining village of Arrowtown (must visit!!) and a range of superb golf courses.

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