othing really prepares you for the majesty of New Zealand’s South Island.
It’s one part Tolkien novel, one part Norwegian fiord and sprinkled with the spirit of Kia ora.
Just an hour up the road from the breathtaking hub of Queenstown is the little known tiny and perfect town of Wanka.
It’s like the Byron Bay of the south: a touch alternative, totally chill, breathtakingly beautiful but full of everything the bigger, flashier towns hasve to offer.
It’s a best kept secret that’s become the destination of choice for royalty and rock stars.
There’s no better time to head there than right now. Even for the weekend.
Seriously. Here’s what I did with 48 hours in one of the prettiest places on the planet.
Wanaka is a little town that offers A LOT and changes the offering with each season.
It’s one of the few places where you can ski in the morning and swim in the afternoon. No matter what adventure you’re looking for you’ll find it within half an hour of the town.
Everything is doable, easy and stress free.
For the most comprehensive information about everything from accomodation and skiing to food and weddings, head to www.lakewanaka.co.nz
Ski At Cardrona.
Located in the heart of the Southern Alps, Cadrona Alpine Resort is a just a short drive from Wanaka town and like all the ski fields on the South Island you need to drive or shuttle in.
The roads to the top are steep but once you park your car this is a mega efficient mountain.
From the ski hire and lift tickets to food and amenities – for some reason Cadrona Alpine Resort manages to take all the drama out of ski prep and lets you concentrate on the snow.
More intermediate than beginner – the mountains offers well-maintained runs complete with epic scenery and somehow it never feels too over-crowded.