Central Otago, South Island

Kids cross country ski at Snow Farm

Cross country skiing fun at 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

Kids tubing at Snow Farm cross country ski area

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 tobogganing and play in the 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.
t’s another world up here – what are you waiting for?

Book online and use the discount code: 'kidsgo' to save 10% on your booking (applies to Fun Zone, snowshoeing and cross country skiing beginners lesson packages).

 

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

Come up and  bring the kids for a play. Make a snowman, explore the caves - touch, experience and discover snow and then relax at the cafe afterwards and watch the action. From $10 for 2hrs.  Read more here >>

TUBING

Whether you are the daring downhill daredevil or prefer a more gentle slope we have the terrain for you in our dedicated Tubing park. Tubing is a great way for all members of the family to enjoy their time on the snow. Tubes and helmets are available for hire for just $15 for 1hr of fun!  Gloves, hats, and clothes are available in our shop. Located just outside the lodge, it's easy to experience the thrill of tubing.  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), or take our guided trip from $70.  Feeling adventurous? Rent for the day or overnight and take the family exploring!
There is a range of network of backcountry trails available and huts that will allow adventurers the prospect of extended mountain journeys with the highest point of the range, Mt. Pisa at 1,964m (6,444ft), being easily within the reach of a fit and capable party.  To meet the increasing popularity of snowshoeing in NZ, a network of snowshoe routes is also being developed this season using a European style of signage within the Snow Farm boundaries, offering the option of tours from a couple of hours to overnight expeditions.  Snow Farm run guided snowshoe tours exploring the ecology and geology of the Pisa Range.  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 to the huts!

The trails that connect the huts are manageable after a day or two 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 available daily for children and adults.

PRIVATE FAMILY LESSONS
Casual lessons just for your family! Experience cross country skiing together for the first time.

MERINO LAMBS (3-5 years)
Every Saturday morning focusing on games, fun and fitness. Includes day pass, equipment and tuition.

MINI MERINOS (6-12 years)
Runs on Saturdays and Sundays, focusing on technique, exploring the mountain and looking after each other.
See here more information on the the above packages >>>

 
Getting Here - Snow Farm Shuttle Service, ex Wanaka

Getting up to the Snow Farm could not be easier this winter with our morning and afternoon shuttle service. Leave the rental car in town and let our shuttle pick you up from your accommodation and drop you back. The activities at Snow Farm NZ are ideally suited to half a day, and we have designed our own bus service to cater to you.

We also offer 3 packages that you can buy for your morning or afternoon excursion to the Snow Farm so you can play in the Snow Fun Zone, go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. If you just need transport we also offer a bus-only service. All prices include pick up and drop off at your hotel and are return trips.
Return prices are Adults $35, Children $30  Read more on Snow Farm Shuttle here >>

 

Snow Farm Lodge Accommodation

The Snow Farm Lodge is a minute’s walk from the Snow Farm ski area and is nestled at the head of the Cross Country Ski Trails. The cozy rooms feature free Wi-Fi and shared bathrooms, as well as mountain views. Upgraded rooms add en-suite bathrooms, and TVs. Trail passes are not included in room fees and you must book directly with the Snow Farm Lodge.   Email them at info@snowfarmlodge.co.nz or call them on +64 21 228 2644 to make a reservation.

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Our favourite destinations…

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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.