About Lake Wanaka & Queenstown

Set against the pristine backdrop of Mount Aspiring National Park and renowned for crystal clear lakes and rivers, Wanaka is home to some of the best terrain in Australasia.  Full of culture and great cuisine, this is a thriving community with a choice of ski areas, numerous heli-skiing and plenty of backcountry options. For the down days Wanaka has an abundance of great walking and biking trails around the lake and into the highlands.

 For a breathtaking drive the Crown Range links Wanaka with Queenstown. The hour and a half journey takes you over the highest main road in New Zealand and into the historic gold mining village of Arrowtown. On the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with a backdrop of the Southern Alps sits Queenstown. A lively town with amazing cafes, restaurants and bars and endless amounts of adventure activity options. Queenstown also has an international airport.

Treble Cone is just a 30 minute drive from Wanaka or 90 minutes from Queenstown. It's the largest ski area in the South Island. The unique mix of large groomed slopes, high capacity chairlifts, stunning views and legendary off-piste terrain makes TC, as it's commonly known, a favourite field for many.

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Where to stay in Southern Lakes


Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel

Designer luxury in the heart of Queenstown, this boutique hotel offers personalised, warm, friendly hosting – enjoy drinks and canapes served in the lobby each evening. These stylish and contemporary rooms are self-contained with kitchenette and feature glass-walled bathrooms, all with subtle chandelier lighting. Rooms open to a courtyard or balcony with alpine views.

Ph: 03 441 8441  
Web: queenstownparkhotel.co.nz  
E: hotel@queenstownpark.co.nz
Address: 21 Robins Road

Where to shop in Southern Lakes


Racers Edge

Racers Edge are specialists in Ski, Bike and Outdoor equipment. They are well known for great service, knowledge and expertise. Their professional team specialized in custom boot fitting, ski and snowboard tuning and snow rental. They have the largest dedicated ranges of skis, boots and outerwear at the best prices nationwide.

Ph: + 64 (3) 443 7882 
Web: racersedge.co.nz 
E: orders@racersedge.co.nz

Transport & services in Southern Lakes


Touchdown Car Rentals

Touchdown Car Rentals Queenstown offers the very latest model 4wd's. Book on their website with the promo code "CHILL" and receive complimentary chains and ski rack for your ski holiday.

NZ Free Phone: 0800 736 849 AUS Free Phone: 1800 628 357
Web: touchdowncarrental.co.nz

The Chill Regions/Accommodation

Find out more about where to stay and play in the regions around the Chill Mountains. From Nelson Lakes & Marlborough in the North down to Queenstown & Wanaka in the South. In between there's Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs, Sensational Selwyn, the township of Methven, the Mackenzie District and Waitaki Valley and of course the home of Chill, Christchurch City. Here we share places to stay, eat, shop and explore to help plan your adventure in the Southern Alps.

The Chill Mountains

In 2020 The Chill6 accesses the five following Ski Areas in the Selwyn District;  Porters, Cheeseman, Broken River, Temple Basin and Mt Olympus.

The Chill12 accesses the five ski areas above plus Rainbow, Hanmer Springs, Mt Lyford, Fox Peak, Mt Dobson and Awakino.

The Chill Travel Pass accesses the 11 mountains on the Chill12 Pass as well as Christchurch Adventure Park. Up to two clips on the Chill Travel Pass can be used at Porters and/or CAP.