2022 Merino Muster

a four day cross country ski EXPERIENCE

1 - 5 Sep 2022

2022 Merino Muster

a four day cross country ski EXPERIENCE

2022 Merino Muster

a four day cross country ski EXPERIENCE

2022 Merino Muster

a four day cross country ski EXPERIENCE

The program

Making you better in a week

the 4 day experience

Wanaka XC are excited to bring a new experience for the 2022 ski season.  Would you like to stay in your own self contained apartment at our Wanaka farm house, enjoying home cooked food and great company - and cross country ski daily with your own guide - and then take part in Snow Farm's amazing Merino Muster cross country ski event?

stay in wanaka
ski at snow farm

This year we have put together a new package aimed at skiers looking for the best way to experience one of New Zealand's most unique events - the Merino Muster.  For 4 days, it covers everything : airport transport, private accommodation in Wanaka, home cooked food, daily transport to Snow Farm, ski hire, instruction and guiding and entry to the Merino Muster ski marathon!  Our aim is to make it easy and fun for you to fly in and experience NZ cross country skiing at its best. 


Accommodation is a self-contained apartment in our French style farm house in Wanaka. The apartment has a large bedroom with a queen size double bed and a set of bunks. We provide breakfast and evening meals plus plenty of supplies to make your lunch or snacks that you'll need to keep you fuelled on the mountain.


We will pick you up from Queenstown airport and drive you to the farm house. We'll also drive you up to Snow Farm daily, and take you to Wanaka as needed during the day.


Main focus
Afternoon / evening
Thursday 1 Sep 2022
Queenstown Airport
Afternoon as required
Nicole and Tim will pick up from Queenstown airport, transported to Wanaka and settle into your accommodation.
Nicole and Tim welcome you to Wanaka with over a home cooked evening meal.
Friday 2 Sep
Race strategy
Snow Farm
10AM - 12PM
Head to Snow Farm, fit out with rental skis as required. Resort and trail familiarisation. Lunch on snow.
Plan your race strategy, make sure you know where to go, how to pace yourself and what to eat and drink. Our pre-race dinner - charging you up with plenty of energy. 
Saturday 3 Sep
Race day
The race 10AM start. Either 42km, 21km or 7km.  Afterwards - awards ceremony.
Celebration dinner post race in Wanaka with fellow competitors. A great way to revel in your race experience and enjoy the fantastic post race atmosphere.
Sunday 4 Sep
Easy ski day
After a late breakfast and an easy start to the day, a chance to ski around the trails of Snow Farm to make sure you get the most of your time on snow.
Back to our base with a local glass of wine soaking up the afternoon sun. What better way to end the Wanaka XC luxury event stay!
Monday 5 Sep
Check out at 10AM
Drop off at Queenstown Airport @ 11AM
We will take you to the Airport and make sure you're there by 11:30AM at the latest.

WHat We provide

Included in the price are the following:

Note : This offer is for two people, we cannot provide a single room due to accommodation limitations.  If you have children and would like to travel with them, we are able to accommodate.


All inclusive price of $2,550 NZD for two people

Not included - but can be arranged at additional cost:

our guests say....

"It was fantastic to meet people from around the world on the trip, including France, Germany, Australia, Canada and the UK. Several of the group had completed Loppet events all over world.  Jim and Marcia from Canada were particularly inspiring as they are in their 70s and still XC skiing marathons...It definitely left me hungry for more in the future!"

Rebecca, New Zealand


Cathy, Australia


"Hi Nicole , Tim and all the lovely people in our group,
Thanks for your wonderful friendship. It all helped to make it one of my best holidays, the marvelous snow, mountains, skiing, the lakes, lambs etc and your lovely meals and looking after us so well."

"I had a fabulous time on Tim and Nicole’s Merino Muster trip.  Everything went so smoothly, the accommodation and meals were superb, the skiing was a hoot, we all had such a great time, and they made it all seem so effortless!  I couldn’t recommend this trip more highly. "

Simon, Australia


Franco, Italy


"Wanaka XC Stay is the perfect organisation to participate at Worldloppet races - for a complete week all the pleasant aspects of Worldloppet are anticipated and enlarged with new friends of different cultures and countries, selected by the spirit of Worldloppet itself.
The team, motivated by the incoming race and relaxed by the perfect organisation finds very soon the affinities that will let them to be real friends.

"I had the pleasure of being a member of the wanaka-xc team this year. And the reasons to recommend wanaka-xc stays are countless. Everything was organised perfectly. The base was luxurious and the view from the terrace absolutely breathtaking. The home-made meals were both healthy and delicious. I had an opportunity to learn how to skate properly and to meet wonderful people who share my passion for xc-skiing. We laughed endlessly, which wasn't always good for my sore ribs! The waxing hints I got are invaluable. 
Nicole and Tim were great hosts to Wanaka and Snow Farm. Always smiling, always there for you, ready to help and share their fully professional knowledge and experience."

Michal, Germany