Hit the snow
Treble Cone and Cardrona ski fields exert a mighty pull on the snow-minded. Andy Oxley and her husband moved to Wanaka from Melbourne 15 years ago purely for its ski-worthiness, so she’s knows what’s what: “Wanaka was the logical choice as in our view it has the best two ski resorts in the South Island. Cardrona is where we really learned to ski before graduating to the more challenging terrain of Treble Cone. Cardrona has such reliable snow cover and it’s one of the best-run ski resorts in New Zealand. They really do have the customer’s satisfaction uppermost in their minds. Treble Cone, on the other hand, has the most interesting terrain and best views over Wanaka. The powder snow can be epic. The Wanaka locals are passionate about TC, as they call the resort, and it’s never lonely skiing there. We always end up riding the chairlift with someone we know from town.” Cardrona Alpine Resort, Cardrona Valley Road (35 minutes from Wanaka township), 0800 440 800, cardrona.com. Treble Cone, 2083 Wanaka-Mt Aspiring Road, (03) 443 7444, treblecone.com
Wanaka’s heart is not your bog-standard red: it’s more the powdery white variety. When she has her winter coat on, Wanaka is a town in her happy place. Snowy fervour rules in this endorphin-rich white playground. Locals carve their time into snow days and non-snow days, the latter being just a bit of a nuisance. There are three superb ski areas from which to choose so snow gluttony is assured.