Central Otago, South Island

Tubing at Snow Farm

Tubing fun at Snow Farm

Cross country skiing fun at Snow Farm

Snow Farm Snow Fun tubing near Wanaka

Cross country skiing at Snow Farm

Snow Farm Snow Fun tubing fun

Snow Farm snow man - Cardrona Valley

Snow Fun Zone – Snow Farm

A day at the Snow Farm is a must-do for all things snow, to suit the whole family!   We're famous for our friendly, social atmosphere and amazing cross-country skiing adventures - suitable for everyone, but our family Snow Fun Zone is the place to come play in the snow,build a snowman, hire a tube, or even just experience snow for the first time and if you're not a kid yourself, just come and be a kid again!
Our entry pass of $10 for the Snow Paly area and Tube hire is only $15 per tube. Share a tube amongst your family. Pricing is the same for children and adults.

Note: Children MUST be supervised by an adult at all times.

Snow Farm is set high on top of the Pisa Range plateau with 55km of stunning tracks to explore – or spend the day with the kids close to base and play in our dedicated Snow Fun Zone.
We have all the gear, hire it here – or bring your own. Packages for skiing and snowshoeing include instruction before you set off or join in a snow tour.
It’s truly another world up here – what are you waiting for?

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

Experience Day all-inclusive from $45

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 ZONE – SNOW PLAY

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.  All the same price – $10

SNOW ZONE TUBING

Entry and tubing hire just $15 per adult or child.

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 are available for hire with gloves, hats, and clothes in the shop. Located just outside the lodge, it's easy to experience the thrill of tubing and sledging. Tube hire is $15 per tube. You must have a Snow Play entry to hire a tube.

SNOW SHOEING

Snowshoe packages from just $25

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 Bob Lee Hut and Daisy Lee are 6.5km. These huts offer great access to the fantastic Pisa Range and back country terrain.

SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR THE KIDS

Snow Farm is highly committed to the development of New Zealand youth in cross-country skiing and biathlon sport. The programmes are designed to be progressive, challenging and fun with the improvement and opportunities for youth at the forefront of the design of these 5 week programmes.

Mini Merinos - ages 3+
A Six week programme for our younger skiers, focusing on games, fun and fitness and working towards becoming independent skiers. Learn the Fundamentals of ski technique and build towards participation in the annual Mini Merino Muster event.

Midi Merinos - ages 6+
A Six week programme for primary school kids. The focus is on progressing ski technique, exploring the mountain, safety and looking after each other. Whilst moving toward some low key competition, the emphasis is on participation. This builds towards their participation in the annual Merino Muster race.
For more information on the Merino Muster please click here.

Development Team – ages 11+
The Development Team is focused on taking the lessons learnt in the Mini Merinos and polishes those skills. A focus is on learning about competitions and performance. Kids will learn about waxing, sports psychology and participate in Regular Snow Farm Cross Country and Biathlon Events. It builds young skiers into successful cross-country ski racers. There may be other optional scheduled sessions outside of normal practice time, to be announced during winter. Any secondary-school aged kids who want to develop their skills and fitness to a competitive level and have more time on the snow are encouraged to join.
This programme provides ongoing cross-country skiing training for biathlon and skiers alike. Every weekend for 9 weeks intensive and focused groups sessions will be held aimed at developing our youth and providing a clear pathway for their progression.

Snow Farm Lodge Accommodation

Snow Farm Lodge provides a unique accommodation experience where you stay right on the snow and can ski in/out of your accommodation! Snow Farm is in a safe, flat location that is ideal for kids to run around. We provide a range of family friendly rooms, there's a restaurant serving breakfast and buffet dinner, a cafe and cosy TV lounge stocked with books and games. Our accommodation packages are for half or full board, or can include cross country ski hire and lessons too. Free WiFi onsite.

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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.