Central Otago, South Island

Snow Farm 14

Snow Farm, New Zealand's only cross country ski area

Cross country skiing fun at Snow Farm

Tubing fun at the Snow Farm!

A bluebird day at Snow Farm

Snow Farm Fun Zone

Pristine trails at The Snow Farm

Snowshoeing at The Snow Farm near Queenstown

Kids playing at The Snow Farm, near Queenstown and Wanaka

Snow Farm cross country ski area

Kids fun at The Snow Farm, near Queenstown and Wanaka

Snow Farm cross country ski area

Snow Farm - South Island

Snow Farm, New Zealand's only Cross Country Ski Area

The only ski field in the region where you can just come up to play in the snow!

Snow Play * Snow Shoe * Snow Ski * Snow Fun!
Play in the snow with fun activities for all ages and levels.
Play – Build a snowman, go tubing and play in the snow fun zone.
Explore – Our ‘winter wonderland’ on cross-country skis or snowshoes, with the option of tow-behind kids’ ski sleds for hire.
Cross Country Skiing – social and fun – we have wide, groomed, trails, gently rolling hills and peaceful valleys to explore. This is the perfect terrain for beginners and families, plus lots to discover if you're experienced!
Packages for skiing and snowshoeing include instruction before you set off.
Stunning views and backcountry huts to discover.
Relax – Check out the action and the scenery from the comfort of the café.

Snow Farm is New Zealand’s only Cross Country skifield – set high on top of the Pisa Range plateau with 55km of stunning tracks to explore.
We have all the gear, hire it here – or bring your own. Packages for skiing and snowshoeing include instruction before you set off.
It’s another world up here – what are you waiting for?

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

Cross country skiing is for everyone! It is an amazing way to see the countryside, enjoy the scenery while you climb, descend and traverse terrain making the sport a truly "cross country" activity. Our trails are groomed and easy to follow. Many are designed with the beginner in mind. Gear hire includes an introduction to your skis and practice lesson, then you're away! For more information click here.


SNOW FUN ZONE

Our family-focused Snow Fun Zone is an area of snow where you can enjoy all of the classic winter activities ~ you can build a snowman, make snow angels, throw snowballs and more. The area is open all-day-long for as much fun as you can handle!

It only costs $15 per person for a day pass to the Snow Fun Zone.  Pricing is the same for both children and adults. 
Above the Snow Fun Zone is our Tubing Hill, where you can snow tube down the slope! Our Snow Fun Zone Pass includes use our tubes and you can help yourself. During busy times it may be necessary to share tubes. We do not allow guests to bring their own sleds, tubes, or toboggans.
Read more here >>


SNOW SHOEING

No experience needed! Put on some snowshoes and have an exciting walk in the snow from only $25 (kids price), $40 (adult)

Snow Farm offers a unique opportunity to rent snowshoes and walk around the Pisa Range, located between Queenstown and Wanaka. Snowshoes are a great way to get off the beaten track and explore the snow-covered hills of the Southern Alps. Our snowshoe trails take you past some of the best alpine meadows, rock features, and alpine streams the Pisa Range has to offer. You will find travelling on these trails a breeze with our lightweight, easy-to-use snowshoe selection to hire. The trails take between one and two hours to complete and are bound to leave you with many fantastic photos to remember your trip. We also permit snowshoeing along the edges of our groomed cross-country ski trails.
You can hire our snowshoes in advance online or rent them when you get on the mountain – visit us in the rentals area to talk to our gear experts.

 To learn more about Snow Shoeing on Snow Farm click here.

BACKCOUNTRY HUTS

Snow Farm has true New Zealand backcountry huts with the unique ski-in and ski-out luxury. The Bob Lee, Daisy Lee and Meadow Huts are accessible from the groomed cross country trail system. You don't even have to be an expert to ski or snowshoe to the huts!
The trails that connect the huts are manageable after a day of learning cross country skiing as the Meadow Hut is only 3.8km from the main lodge and Daisy & Bob Lee Hut 6.5km.
These huts offer great access to the fantastic Pisa range back country terrain >>>

SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR THE KIDS

LESSONS and BEGINNERS PACKAGES
Casual lessons are available daily for children and adults.
PRIVATE FAMILY LESSONS
Casual lessons just for your family! Experience cross country skiing together for the first time.

MINI MERINOS (from 5 years)
Mini Merinos 6-week program starting Saturday, July 29th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for 6 weeks.
The program is aimed at young children and first-timers, suitable for kids aged 5-9 years old.
See here more information on the above packages >>>

SNOW FARM ACADEMY (from 8 years)
The Snow Farm Academy is for youth 8 years+ who have skied at Snow Farm before and would like to progress their technique and skills. The program and will take  participants through the necessary skill development to improve their skiing in both classic and skating techniques.
The Academy runs for 6 weeks every Saturday from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm and starts on July 29th.
See here more information on the above packages >>>

 

CHAIN HIRE

The access road is unsealed and in winter time it is essential that chains are carried and ready to be used if needed.  We offer a chain hire service that you pre-book so please arrange this when booking or prior to arrival if required.  You will be given a code to access your chains near the bottom of the access road.
Please ensure you know how to fit your chains!

How to fit your chains >>

Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • North Canterbury
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

Auckland destination2

Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.