Family friendly things to do in Wanaka during winter

Escape for a dreamy winter Wanaka ski holiday. The local ski fields constantly buzz with smiles and excitement but there’s a lot more to do than skiing when it comes to this lakeside gem.

Quieter than nearby travel hub Queenstown, Wanaka has grown from a sleepy skier hangout to a real destination. 

No doubt, you’ll be busy on the snowy slopes most of the day but there’s still the matter of what to do in Wanaka once the lifts stop whirring.

The Snopro squad have selected their favourite hangout out spots that everyone can enjoy.

There are choices to keep the children active, relax in the warmth, protect the wallet and fill the stomach. And you can enjoy all of them for longer by having your Wanaka ski rental delivered and fitted by Snopro rather then queuing in busy snow shops!



Jump in and warm up after a day galavanting around Cardrona or Treble Cone. The Wanaka swimming pool has 3 areas to suit everyone’s energy levels. You may well be drawn into the adults hot pool to help soothe any weary muscles. While the kids can splash around in the children’s area. Of course, there also the 25-metre lap pool if you feel like squeezing a work out in…



If you have some time in the afternoon or you are out and about at sunset then Wanaka is a photographers dream. In fact, you don’t even need to be a skilled photographer to snap iconic pictures here. New Zealand has done all the hard work over the years carving out a spectacular landscape. Find the floating trees or take a drive around Lake Wanaka for a rewarding end to the day.

Cardrona Hotel

As you leave ‘Cardies’ don’t miss out on the Cardrona Hotel at the base of the access road. Nestling away on the Crown Range Road since 1863, the Cardrona Hotel is one of New Zealand’s oldest hotels. It a cool little spot to chill out late in the afternoon, while warming up with chips and hot drinks.

”This really is one of New Zealand’s great pubs. Not only has it kept it’s iconic look and charm, but with it’s many nooks and cranny’s it’s warm and inviting. The staff are fantastic and the food is so bloody good.”


Clip ‘N Climb

The funky climbing that is quickly spreading across the world has another home in Wanaka. Super popular with families and youth groups you don’t need to jam your feet into climbing shoes. Especially, if you’ve just pulled off the ski boots. There are tons of different climbs to choose from. Race your friends on the speed climbing challenge, navigate the zigzags or brave the Dark Tower.

Clip ‘N Climb from John Targett on Vimeo.


Francesca’s Italian Kitchen

Time to refuel. Their filling Italian food is exactly what you need after an energetic day filled with adventure. Creative pasta dishes, absolutely fabulous gnocchi and, of course, pizza. All served before the young ones can kick up a fuss. You’ll want to make a reservation so you’re not disappointed on arrival to a new look Italy.


Looking for more information about your ski holiday in Queenstown or Wanaka? Check out the Complete Guide to Skiing in Queenstown and Wanaka here.

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