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Cross-Country Skiing Snow Farm New Zealand

Wanaka, Queenstown

Snow Farm New Zealand
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last update on Nov 9, 2018
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Cross-Country Facts

Elevation4987 ft - 6447 ft
SeasonJune - October
Opening DayJun 21, 2019
Closing DayOct 6, 2019
Skating 34.18 miles
Classic 34.18 miles
Lighted trails N/A
Number of Trails 20

Cross-Country Trails

Overall 34.2 miles

The Cross-Country Area

The only non-profit ski area in the region, and New Zealand's oldest cross-country resort Snow Farm offers its visitors around 55 km (34 miles) of skating and classic trails. Although expert trails dominate, beginners and intermediates will also get their money's worth. You will even find a biathlon area. Most tracks start at Snow Farm Lodge. You can stay in this area, or venture further and be rewarded with some breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

For absolute newbies, professional staff is at hand to assist you during group or private lessons. You have some experience with cross-country, but would like to improve your technique? Intermediate courses are also on offer, making sure everyone can profit from a stay at Snow Farm.

Have Fun in the Snow

Cross-country skiing is not the only activity this extensive area has in store. Right next to Snow Farm Lodge you can find Snow Fun Zone. As its name implies, fun in the snow is the main goal here. The young and the old can use this area to enjoy some tobogganing or tubing, build a snowman, have a snowball fight, and more.

You want an experience off the beaten tracks? Maybe snowshoeing is the thing for you. In one to two hour long trips, a total of 24 km (15 miles) of snowshoe trails lead you into the mountains of wintery New Zealand.

The Most Beautiful Tracks

Beginners' Trails

The four beginners' trails all start at Snow Farm Lodge.

  • Mary's Trail - 0,8 km
  • Highlander - 1,9 km
  • Merino Glen - 4,0 km
  • River Run - 3,7 km

Intermediate Cross-Country

If you have some experience cross-country skiing, there are four more trails for intermediates adjacent to the beginners' trails. Two of them are only accessible seasonally.

  • The Loop - 7,4 km
  • Hanging Valley Connector - 0,8 km
  • Tranquility - seasonal
  • Old Loop - seasonal

Expert Trails

The biggest portion of trails at Snow Farm is for expert cross-country skiers. A total of 12 trails at expert level can be found in the area. They all start at Snow Farm Lodge.

  • Hanging Valley - 7,1 km
  • Gorge Trail - 3,1 km
  • 2006 - 1,0 km
  • Dog Loop - 1,7 km
  • Whoopty Doo - 0,6 km
  • D9 - 0,4 km
  • The Wall - 0,2 km
  • Biathlon Shortcut - 0,2 km
  • Race Avoidance - 0,4 km 
  • Spur Connector - 0,3 km
  • Kirsty Burn - saisonal
  • Top Beat - saisonal

Interesting facts

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  • The cross-Country skiing area takes you to an elevation of 6447 ft.
  • Snow Farm New Zealand features 23 sunny days on average per season. August is the sunniest month with an average of 8 sunny days.


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Beginner skiers at Snow Farm, near Wanaka, New Zealand.
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Dining along the Tracks

When venturing on the trails at Snow Farm, make sure you have eaten or packed your own food, as dining facilities are rare along the tracks. Merely Snow Farm Lodge offers a number of options.

For a little snack, stop at Snow Farm Lodge Café. If you only want to have a cup of coffee or a cold beer, Snow Farm Lodge Bar is the place to go. Snow Farm Lodge Restaurant is sure to fill every hungry stomach with its breakfast-, lunch-, and dinner-buffets.

Getting Here

The closest international airport to Snow Farm ist in Christchurch. Approximately 500 km (310 miles) from Wanaka, continuing by car from here is possible. However, a domestic flight to Wanaka Airport might be the more convenient option.

Once you've made it to Wanaka, Snow Farm offers a shuttle service to Snow Farm and back twice a day. You can also rent a car. By car, simply drive towards Queenstown and Cadrona township via Cadrona Valley Road / Crown Range Road. About 200 m from the turnoff to Cadrona Alpine Resort you wil find Snow Farm Access Road. Please note that this road is unsealed, hence chains are absolutely essential in winter time.


Snow Farm NZ
Snow Farm Access Rd, Cadrona Valley Rd
03-443 7542
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