Skiing and Snowboarding

Hawea & Wanaka Affordable Ski Accommodation

Hawea is perfectly positioned, on the doorstep to six international ski areas and the largest heli-skiing area outside North America thus making the Lake Hawea Hotel Ski Accommodation the perfect base to experience some of the South Island and New Zealand’s best skiing and snowboarding, and is the ultimate destination for a South Island and New Zealand ski holiday. Looking for the Wanaka affordable ski accommodation, think Hawea.  For skiing, snowboarding and ski packages, check out our hotel ski packages for the 2016 winter.

Wanaka, fifteen minutes from Hawea, boasts four world-class ski areas – Cardrona Alpine Resort, Treble Cone, Snow Farm and Snow Park, with Coronet Peak and The Remarkables just an hour away, giving you the most varied New Zealand skiing and snowboarding experience. Whether you’re into fun family skiing, peaceful cross-country touring, adrenaline pumping off-piste, park jibbing or mind blowing heli-skiing, you’ll find it in Wanaka.

The New Zealand ski season usually starts in June and goes into October. Exact dates depend on the snow and the conditions, and differ for each ski field depending on their location. Check out the individual ski fields’ for their ski season opening dates.

Now with OnePassNZ, you have the flexibility to enjoy the best that the Wanaka region has to offer. Eight ski areas gives you access to a massive 2230 hectares of combined lift-serviced terrain, and also offers tourists access to some of the South Island’s biggest adventure attractions.

  Cardrona: Cardrona Alpine Resort is a 25 minute drive from Lake Hawea Hotel and is a great family friendly ski area for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. It has a ski and snowboard school, and features New Zealand’s best facilities for kids, with excellent terrain for developing skills and confidence, offering all types of ski and snowboard lessons for all kinds of kids. A range of half-pipes and terrain park facilities complete the picture and keeps the freestylers coming back for more. Cardrona also offers the country’s most comprehensive, on-mountain, fully licensed early childcare centres ( Catering for those aged 3 months to 4 years old, so you can have fun on slopes. Treble Cone: Treble Cone is a 30 minute drive from Lake Hawea Hotel and offers a real New Zealand snow experience, boasting long un-crowded slopes, legendary off piste terrain and unrivalled views. And it has the longest vertical rise in the Southern Lakes with far reaching boundaries spread over two large basins. The terrain is varied and exciting with fun gullies, wide faces and exhilarating runs. Here at Lake Hawea we can off the best ski accommodation wide.

Snow Farm: Snow Farm is New Zealand’s only cross-country ski area, and caters for all levels of skier.

Snow Park: Snow Park is a boutique mountain resort and is renowned for its world class terrain park and awe-inspiring views. Snow Park is also a 30 minute drive from Lake Hawea Hotel.

Coronet Peak: Coronet Peak offers exhilarating skiing and riding for all levels. It has a dedicated learner and novice area and is a social and fun venue with regular live music and a range of world class events. Coronet Peak is a 55 minutes drive from Wanaka.

The Remarkables: The Remarkables is also a 65 minute drive from Wanaka and is a great choice for beginners, novices, youth and entire families. Its high alpine location, fantastic terrain parks, great snow and friendly, relaxed nature makes it a true alpine experience for all ages.

For the more adventurous, there are plenty of Heli-Ski/Board operators in the region:

 Southern Lakes Heliski:

Back Country Helicopters:

Harris Mountains Heliski:

Alpine Helicopters: