Winter

Cosy up at The Black Shack in the chilly months…

Winter at the Black Shack is especially whimsical. Snuggle up on the Wanaka Living rug and toast marshmallows over the fire. There’s a bunch of classic boardgames in the cupboard, including Backgammon, Monopoly and Operation. Dash out to the firebath and count shooting stars – the record for sightings in one night is 4 so far!

By day, you can head up to Cardrona, Snow Park or Treble Cone ski areas, which are all just over one hour’s drive away.

Come home to the cosy shack, put your feet up and marvel at the sunset over the lake as you sip a soothing mulled wine. Simply divine!

We had five fantastic days at the Black Shack and everyone in our group vowed that they will be returning to this little gem. The setting is simply stunning, and although you are close to the services of Hawea township and Wanaka, there is a feeling of remoteness and authenticity. We spent three days skiing Cardrona, Coronet Peak and Snowpark and on the last day we walked out around the eastern side of the lake towards the Timaru River (next time we would take mountain bikes). In the evenings we cranked the fire and enjoyed the eclectic, retro atmosphere that has been thoughtfully created. We even fired up the bath and got two lads in there! The Black Shack is truly unique…”

Dan Foggo

Whether you’re into fun family skiing, back-country touring, adrenaline pumping off-piste, park jibbing or mind blowing heli-skiing, you’ll find it here…

Fresh powder at Treble Cone

Fresh powder at Treble Cone

Our local areas offer a diverse range of on-snow experiences, and the Queenstown ski areas are just over the Crown Range.

  • Cardrona Alpine Resort is a great ski area for beginner and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. It has on-mountain accommodation and a ski and snowboard school, and features New Zealand’s best facilities for kids.
  • Treble Cone offers a real New Zealand snow experience, boasting long uncrowded slopes, legendary off piste terrain and unrivalled views. And it has the longest vertical rise in the Southern Lakes.
  • Snow Park is a boutique mountain resort and is renowned for its world class terrain park and awe-inspiring views.