Hit the snow

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - SOUTH ISLAND -

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.

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