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Snow Farm

Cardrona RD2 | Waiorau, Wanaka, New Zealand
+64 3-443 7542
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Beautiful, relaxed, uncrowded fun

We did the 'beginners package' and loved every minute of it: easy pickup of our equipment, great... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lisa E

If you want to get in the snow with absolutely zero crowds, the snow farm is it. It's all cross... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
David D
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The Snow Farm is your ideal winter destination! Situated high on the pisa range we have 55km of scenic trails perfect for cross country skiing or snow shoeing Whether you want to experience the peace and tranquility of the secluded Pisa alpine valleys, awe inspiring views of the Southern Alps and Mt Aspiring, or are looking for a day of winter family fun, we have the trails and terrain for you. Cross country skiing and snow shoeing are great winter activities all-ages and abilities. It's an ideal way to experience the beauty of the NZ alpine environment and spectacular views of the Southern Alps. For the kids we have our new Snow Fun zone. This is the perfect spot to build a snowman, go tubing, and have a great time in the snow, all while you relax over lunch, coffee, hot chocolate, or beverage from our on site bar and Cafe. Lessons and tours for all ages and abilities are available from our experienced and energetic ski school staff. If you are a Central Otago local consider one our weekly programs, a sure fire way to improve your skills and meet like minded people this winter. You can also consider expanding your stay by staying overnight in one of our back-country huts. A once in a life time experience. Activities include: -Cross Country Skiing -Snow Shoeing -Lessons/Tours -Tubing/sledding -Snow Fun Zone -Back country huts
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Cardrona RD2 | Waiorau, Wanaka, New Zealand
+64 3-443 7542
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We did the 'beginners package' and loved every minute of it: easy pickup of our equipment, great lessons from Serk, it took only a few minutes to feel comfortable on the skis and then we were off in the snow. There were many stretches where...More

Thank Lisa E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want to get in the snow with absolutely zero crowds, the snow farm is it. It's all cross country skiing and snow shoeing. When we arrived we were met by very helpful workers who set us in the right direction and we had...More

Thank David D
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Gentler but still physically challenging if you want it to be. Winter 2016 we did alpine skiing and snow shoeing and enjoyed both. As a family we are not speed junkies and this suits all of our abilities. You can even involve the baby, if...More

Thank LivNic
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

My family and I visited the snow farm on our recent holiday to Wanaka. I would totally recommend that everyone visit the snow farm. If you want the snow experience without having to go to the overpriced Cardrona ski field the snow farm is a...More

Thank Nathan_Viper
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Our visit was much fun for the younger generation. Sliding down the snow hill in tubes, snow ploughs and boards. Seeing a real huskey team coming down the hill was an amazing sight. Food was a good price, The road up was unsealed and very...More

Thank 69,91,234
Reviewed 6 September 2016

We spent a few hours in the "Fun Zone" for kids. It was cheap at $10 each for kids to play on the tubes and toboggans. The slope could have been a bit steeper but it was adequate for our 7 and 9 year old...More

1  Thank Julie P
Reviewed 4 September 2016

We attended the annual Sled Dog Festival held each August by the Southern Regions Sled Dog Club. The races started at 7.00am (staggered start), and were finished by about 9.00am. The was no cost to attend. There were plenty of people keen to explain to...More

1  Thank curan62
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

I visited the Snow Farm in late August with my partner (an avid XC skier). We spent four days there, staying in a well heated and spacious room overlooking the ski trails. I cannot praise the lodge staff enough for all their friendliness, helpful service...More

Thank Kazgane
Reviewed 27 August 2016

Even though this was my first time cross-country skiing, I felt very confident skiing on my own after the lesson. I was able to ski to the furthest hut and back, which is a total of 4km and very physically intense, but well worth!

1  Thank julianadca
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Finally drives up to the snow farm after a long car trip to be disappointed by false advertising on the website. The only thing they offered us was a discount on cross country skiing or foot rackets for our shoes as all other activities were...More

Thank Quinlan D
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22 May 2017|
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Response from SnowFarmNZ | Property representative |
Hi there. No, the Snow Farm will not be open on 1 June 2017. Our scheduled opening date is 24 June 2017. Lots of information on our website (but Tripadvisor, for some reason, does not allow website links). Look forward to... More
Deb S
22 March 2017|
Response from LivNic | Reviewed this property |
You may be best to stay in the accommodation at the Snow Farm. You could even stay out in one of the huts if you book them early enough - don't think the dogs go as far as these but Meadow hut would be pretty close and a... More
25 September 2015|
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Response from SnowFarmNZ | Property representative |
Snow Farm is open from Mid June to Mid September annually. There is insufficient snow outside of these dates to open.