THe Merino Muster

Wanaka, New Zealand

30 Aug - 6 Sep 2021

We'll look after you at the Merino Muster

Our Merino Muster event stay is a 7 night, fully-catered, holiday in New Zealand aimed at Merino Muster WorldLoppet ski race competitors. We will provide everything you will need to train and prepare for the Merino Muster - luxury shared accommodation, healthy meals, transport to and from Snow Farm (the race venue) and expert on-snow support and guidance. 

We support cross country (XC) 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.  We even encourage novices to give this sport a go. With our expert guidance, you'll push new limits, hone your skills and share your achievements with kindred spirits.  

All you have to do is SKI

We'll take care of all the rest

Why worry about logistics when you can benefit from our experience?  We will take care of all the details, leaving you to focus on your technique, fitness, the race, or any other personal goals you may have.  

Our Merino Muster event stay offers the following: 

- Pick up and drop off at Queenstown airport or hotel

- Luxury shared accommodation in a modern Wanaka home

- Transport to and from Snow Farm in our own bus

- Healthy and energy rich meals

- Trail pass at Snow Farm

- Merino Muster race entry

- Personal guiding and advice from our highly experienced and friendly XC skiers

See our Program for further details.

The Merino Muster - A WORLDLoppet ski race

The Merino Muster is a cross-country (XC) ski race of marathon distance - 42km.  The race is the New Zealand leg of the WorldLoppet tour, a season long series of international ski marathons.  
For less experienced skiers (or those that wish to sprint!) there are 21 km and 7 km options.  

We at Wanaka XC cater for both novice skiers and experienced skiers, giving everyone a chance to challenge themselves in their chosen race.  
All you need to do is bring your enthusiasm to become the best you can be by race day - all whilst enjoying the gorgeous surrounds of Wanaka and Snow Farm.

See our Race page to learn all about the Merino Muster, the WorldLoppet tour and how we will ensure you enjoy the experience of  this fantastic event.  

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