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The Snow Farm

The Snow Farm NZ is owned and operated by the Pisa Alpine Charitable Trust (PACT) and is operated on Queenstown Lakes District Council land. It is the only non-profit ski area in the Southern Lakes region.

Founded in 1986 by Mary and John Lee on the Waiorau Farm, the Snow Farm was the first Cross Country area in New Zealand. Originally called the Waiorau Nordic Ski Area, Waiorau was the name that Ngai Tahu gave to the area, translated it means the place of over one hundred waters. The name was later changed to reflect the farming heritage of the property.


Terrain and Trails

  • 55km of trails groomed for both skating and classic.
  • 24km of Snow Shoe trail.
  • Snow Fun Zone including 150m tubing/sledding hill.
  • 40% Beginner trail
  • 20% Intermediate trail
  • 40% Advanced trail


  • Ski and Snowshoe Rentals
  • Tube and Toboggan Rental
  • Retail Shop
  • Ski School
  • Patrol
  • Back Country Huts

Snow Farm Lodge

  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Accommodation

Mountain Facts

  • Base Elevation: 1520m (4990ft) above sea level.
  • Highest point: Mt Pisa 1965m (6445ft) above sea level.
  • Season: late June – late September
  • Opening Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily