This is the ultimate location to experience New Zealand's best winter activities.
RESORT-BASED SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING
Wanaka is a mecca for winter enthusiasts, offering three world-class ski areas: Treble Cone, Cardrona and Snow Farm. The region is also home to the largest heli-skiing area outside North America, making it the ultimate location to experience New Zealand's best skiing and snowboarding. Whether you are into fun family skiing, peaceful cross-country touring, park jibbing or heli-skiing, you'll find it in Wanaka.
HELI SKIING AND HELI BOARDING
Wanaka enjoys a limitless variety of exclusive backcountry terrain making it easy to escape from the crowds. World-class guides, mountain top landings, views, hundreds of square kilometres of untamed remote wilderness and powder snow... have we convinced you yet? Private heli-ski charters are the ultimate experience, providing a helicopter and guide exclusively for your use. Ride thousands of vertical feet of untracked snow in the Southern Alps. Costs are based on group numbers and the helicopter hours flown. Charter groups often ski 10 to 15 runs a day.
Develop your skills and learn from some of the world's most qualified and experienced skiers and instructors. Ski touring trips provide a pure backcountry experience. You will journey to the heart of the mountains; places few people encounter, allowing you to ski or ride terrain that may challenge you and put a smile on your face. Fly in to a private hut with stunning views of Mount Aspiring National Park.
Discover New Zealand's only cross-country ski area and access the fantastic Pisa Range backcountry terrain. If you are after a fun day in the snow or a serious cross-country skiing adventure, we can design the package to suit. With trails and instruction for all abilities you can enjoy an exciting day with family or a relaxing ski with friends. Ski in and enjoy a night at a luxurious backcountry hut. Huts are accessible from the groomed cross-country trail system and you don't even have to be an expert.
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT COURSES
Skills development courses are open to skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Wanaka is ideal for those looking to improve their all-round skiing and riding techniques. World-class instructors will work with you to develop your skills. Beginners will learn everything they need to ensure maximum progression and enjoyment, intermediates will be encouraged to ski and snowboard with increasing speed and confidence and to optimize their style and technique. Advanced skiers will receive coaching that is tailored to their specific goals.
Feel the power of a sled dog team, stand on the back of the runners and drive your own team of Huskies through some breathtaking high country trails. Be introduced to the world of sled dogs, the equipment and of course the dogs themselves. Learn how to set up your own team and interact with the dogs while you learn the ropes from one of our instructors and then it's your turn to take the team for a spin - taking command of your own team of Huskies and driving them along the beautiful trails provided by the Snow Farm. Nothing but the silence of the mountains and the sound of the dog's feet, their breath and your runners gliding through the snow. Custom, overnight and corporate tours available.
Release offers unique and memorable experiences. Talk to us about creating an experience that combines your personal choice of the many world-class attractions and adventure opportunities within easy reach of your luxury Wanaka accommodation.