Cardrona Alpine Resort, Cardrona

4.5
#4 of 26 in Winter Sports in New Zealand
Hit the slopes at Cardrona Alpine Resort, featuring a range of slopes catering to all levels of skill and experience. Snowboarders love the two half-pipes and four terrain parks. Learn to ski or board for the first time, or hone your existing skills with the help of friendly and expert instructors. You can reach the resort by car from Wanaka or Queenstown, but for maximum convenience consider the on-mountain accommodations and take advantage of the ski lifts right outside your door. Take a look at our Cardrona road trip website to schedule your visit to Cardrona Alpine Resort and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • My wife & I had a few days to spare around Wanaka, & came across a flyer for a stargazing experience at the Cardrona Alpine Resort. As others have already said, take it easy driving up the dirt switch...  more »
  • Treat the 14k road up with respect as it is corrugated, loose gravel, you lose sight of gutters on the inside of hairpin corners and often no railing between you and the drop off. That said it is well...  more »
  • We are a family of 7 and on our way to Wanaka we want Carting. I got a great deal on bookme. The views are stunning and the carting was extremely fun and for all ages. We would definitely recommend go...  more »
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  • We stayed in their accommodation. It was fantastic. They had a drying room complete with a washer and dryer and a kitchen which was great for lunch or dinner. Food is expensive on the mountain as it is at any ski resort so it was nice to have the option to eat in and we didn't have to deal with the drive up every day that we wanted to ski. Highly recommend it and will be doing it again next time.
  • My partner and I had come to visit New Zealand for the first time to enjoy the snow. We had been suggested to come to Cardrona and could not have been happier with our 2 days spent here. I had never been to the snow before and was absolutely blown away with how amazing the snow fields are here. Plenty of space, not too crowded, and I also had a fantastic and very helpful ski lesson to help me get my bearings before heading out myself. Will definitely be returning!
  • We had a private lesson with Vermont-native Russ and it made for a great day. Russ, thank you so much for your patience and graciousness in our tardiness! The resort itself - great facilities, quick lines (unless you want a gondola) and passionate lift operators that don't neglect a slow line! The runs were beautiful and busy but well managed - I'm a beginner and I didn't run into anyone. Access was easy - we had a hire car, two wheel drive and chains but the drive was easy. If you have a pass and equipment you don't need to go all the way to the top - just access a lower lift (you may not need chains this way).
  • Very well run operation. I went there as a total novice. The learners slope was easy to get on and the standard of the instruction was clear. A bit out of the way but the bus ride was very scenic. Reasonable food options.
  • Service is great, and there's a laundry room included. However, the top story rooms are inconvenient because there is a lot of stair climbing (there're no elevators). Also, the resort itself is a long drive from everywhere, so inconvenient if you are hoping to spend time around the city.

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