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Nordic Cross Country Skiing in New Zealand:

Wairau Snow Farm, situated along the Cardrona Valley Road, Snow farm logo35km from Wanaka and 55km from Queenstown, is one of the best cross country skiing fields in the Southern Hemisphere. Snow Farm is the only Nordic skiing area in New Zealand and boasts over 50km of groomed Snow Flake Snow Flake Snow Flaketrails and caters for all. No matter what your age or ability, there are many trails for you to enjoy. The season starts as soon as the snow arrives and continues through until late October. Snow Farm offers both day and night skiing. Lessons with highly experienced and qualified instructors are available to book as are many programmes designed to suit you. Snow Farm plays host to many overseas Cross Country Ski Teams as well as New Zealanders looking to get away from it all.

Nordic Skiing at Snow farm
Situated 1500m high on the Pisa Range, you can enjoy the breathtaking views whatever you are doing. Snow Farm is open for guests and visitors all year round. There are activities to participate in even without the snow!

Unique in the Southern Alps of New Zealand.

Imagine yourself on top of the world enjoying the comfort of the Snow Farm lounge bar, the outdoor balcony or the viewing gallery watching the sun setting behind New Zealand's Southern Alps. The Alpine Lodge can accommodate up to 60 Snow farm Lodgeguests at any one time and has a wide range of facilities. You can relax in the warm, comfortable accommodation, enjoy lunch overlooking the Southern Alps from the Veranda Café, let the view inspire your workout from the well equipped gym, take in a movie in the TV room, enjoy a quiet read in the library or simply let their bar staff serve you your favorite tipple.

Snow Farm facilities include:

  • Comfortable lounge with dining and full bar facilities
  • Viewing deck with 360 degree panoramic view of the Southern Alps
  • En-suite bedrooms
  • The Altitude Shop
  • Ski in-Ski out accommodation - Cross-country skiers for the first time in NZ enjoy the luxury of skiing from the door of the lodge.
  • Gymnasium
  • Function rooms

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Destination Queenstown logo Skier at Snow Farm Learning to ski Tubing fun at Snow Farm Baby in Sded

Snow Farm has a selection of programmes including ski weeks that make it easy for both beginners and experienced skiers. If you haven't Little learnersbeen to a mountain previously then one of their programmes will take away all the mystery of how to get started. Their programmes are specially suited to groups and friends, as well as individuals.

On your arrival, you check in at Reception and are shown to your accommodation and around the facilities, introduced to your instructor, fitted out with skis and taken to the trails (right outside the lodge door). Your first lesson will be an introduction to the sport and you will given time to get ski legs before the next lesson. The first lesson is on Main Street a flat area straight outside the Lodge - there are no big hills on Main Street.

With InstructorsIf you have skied previously you will be assessed and put with other skiers of a similar level. If you are more into boarding, then Snow Park - next door is for you.

Outside, if you want a day doing something else, there is tubing, sledding and snowshoe hire available, all popular with adults and children alike. There are also two accommodation huts with real fires to keep you warm! Snow Farm welcomes day Nordic Skiervisitors for skiing, guests just wishing to use the accommodation and those who combine the two.

Ever since the beginning, Snow Farm has been the first to offer tubing to the general public. Tubing has proven to be a exciting activity for all the family. Come on up and give it a go at Snow Farm!

So for your next Queenstown skiing vacation and Queenstown ski accommodation, we'd love to see you at Lake Vista Bed and Breakfast.

Email: Lake Vista