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Merino Muster Packages

To make your trip as enjoyable as possible we have designed a package for you staying at one of three hotels located in the Cardrona Valley and Wanaka. The packages start on Monday the 27th of August until Monday the 3rd of September. Our packages finish on Monday in case of severe weather on the official race day; it is a small possibility that the race may be postponed to Sunday the 2nd of September.

All package pricing is per person for a shared room or private room. The package includes airport pickup and drop off’s at Queenstown International Airport, Transfers to and from the Snow Farm each day, ski passes, Worldloppet & Visitors lunch, after race dinner and great local activities options.

If you are not able to stay for the entire duration of the package, we do also have a shorter package that starts on Wednesday the 29th of August until Monday the 3rd of September.

The Cardrona Hotel – Cardrona

The historic village of Cardrona is just 20-minutes from Wanaka. Situated on the famous Crown Range Road, the highest paved highway in the country. The Cardrona Hotel blends historic charm with modern comforts, providing a truly unique experience.  Cardrona is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate, while still only a stone’s throw from all that Central Otago has to offer. An onsite bar and restaurant, laundry facilities, spa pool, ski drying room and beautiful gardens are all available for guests to enjoy during their stay. The Cardrona Hotel was established in 1863, and is one of New Zealand’s oldest hotels, and is one of only two remaining buildings from the Cardrona Valley gold rush era.

Edgewater Resort – Wanaka

Set on the edge of Lake Wanaka, this upmarket resort is 40 km from the Snow Farm. It is also only a short walk along the shores of Lake Wanaka to the Wanaka township. Offering flat-screen TVs, the refined rooms also have free Wi-Fi, balconies or patios with lake views. Room service is available. There’s a cafe featuring a terrace with lake views, plus a restaurant, a spa and a sauna. Other amenities include tennis courts, a playground and a putting green. 

Wanaka Hotel – Wanaka

The Wanaka Hotel offers affordable accommodation in a fantastic location. Located in the centre of town only one minute walk to the Lake and Town Centre. All rooms and suites feature a TV, a work desk, a small refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities. Each has an en-suite bathroom with a shower, or a shower and bathtub.

The Bullock Bar Grill is open for casual evening meals each night. Beanie Cafe and is open daily for breakfast and lunch serving coffee and cakes. Amigos Restaurant boasts lake views and a patio opening out onto the lawn. It serves Mexican cuisine and margaritas each evening. Room service is also available.

Facilities include a tour desk, free off-street parking, a communal kitchen where guests can prepare their own meals and a shared laundry.

Wanaka XC – Fully Supported Event Stay

The Wanaka XC Merino Muster event stay is a 7 night, fully-catered, holiday in New Zealand aimed at Merino Muster WorldLoppet ski race competitors. Run for the past 3 years by Nicole and Tim David, Wanaka XC provides everything you will need to train and prepare for the Merino Muster – luxury shared accommodation, healthy meals, transport to and from Snow Farm and expert on-snow support and guidance.
 
Wanaka XC supports cross-country skiers of all levels of experience and fitness.  It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned veteran with many stamps on your WorldLoppet passport or a recreational XC skier needing support and encouragement at your first event.  Wanaka XC even encourages novices to give this sport a go. With their expert guidance, you’ll push new limits, hone your skills and share your achievements with kindred spirits.

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