Snow Park, New Zealand

Snow Park, New Zealand
Snow Park
Location Otago, NZ
Nearest city Wanaka
Top elevation 1530m
Skiable area 60 hectares
Lift system One Quad
Snowfall 50cm
Snowmaking 100%
Web site

Snow Park is a dedicated snowsports terrain park in South Island, New Zealand. Describing itself as the "first dedicated freestyle terrain park in the world" when it opened in 2002, it features a number of half-pipes, jumps and rails, instead of traditional ski runs.[1]

On-mountain accommodation has been available since 2006, prior to which people needed to commute daily from Wanaka or Queenstown. The site shares an access road with nearby Snow Farm.

A recent gondola proposal has been submitted, which would allow Snow Park to install a gondola running from the valley floor (near the Cardrona Valley Road) to the current base of the park. Stated reasons for this include dust and visibility, carbon dioxide emissions, and environmental impact. [2]

In summer, the same site operates as a freestyle mountain biking park, under the name Dirt Park. It also includes 2 downhill runs.

The park and surrounding land was owned by the Lee family for sixty years, before it was put up for sale in September 2008, for $30 million.[3]


  1. ^ Shred Betties Snowpark, New Zealand, Accessed 27/8/07
  2. ^ [1] "Snowpark NZ - Roaring Meg Gondola", Accessed 9-9-07
  3. ^ "Wanaka's Snow Park for sale; $30m price tag". Otago Daily Times. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-23. 

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Coordinates: 44°52′41″S 169°04′12″E / 44.878°S 169.07°E / -44.878; 169.07

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