Ski New Zealand

Cardrona Ski Resort Guide

Ski New Zealand

Cardrona Ski Resort Guide

Cardrona Ski Resort Guide

dust much?, Cardrona photo


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Cardrona Alpine Resort photo


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Cardrona Alpine Resort photo


Photo credit: Nadia

Slope Stats

  • 1894m

  • 600m

  • 1294m

  • Acres of ski:700
  • Pistes:34
  • Snowmaking:Yes
  • Halfpipes:2
  • Terrain Parks:4
  • X-Country:Nil
  • beginner25%
  • intermediate25%
  • advanced50%

Cardrona is located between Wanaka and Queenstown. The resort sits at 1760m. Cardrona has a good snow record and 8 lifts open up over 320 hectares of skiable terrain. The terrain at Cardrona is rugged and offers lots of natural features that make it interesting. There are good nursery slopes to learn on and the resort offers organised kids activities for children from 3 months to 12 years. This leaves the big kids free to play! Snowboarders and freestyle skies have 2 pipes and 4 terrain parks to explore. Some accommodation is available on site, which is quite unusual for a commercial ski field in New Zealand, but both Wanaka and Queenstown are within easy reach anyway.


  • Nearest Airport:Queenstown
  • Nearest Train Station:-
  • Tourist Office Phone:+64 3 4438880
  • Tourist Office
  • Slopeside accommodation:yes
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  • Season opens:16 Jun 2018
  • Season closes:14 Oct 2018
  • Lifts:8 (inc 1 chondola, 3 chair lifts, 4 surface lifts)
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Information supplied 29 May 2018

Latest Snow Reportview full snow report

  • Issued:5 Dec
  • Last Snowfall:5 December 2018
  • Snow Depth (upper):
  • Snow Depth (lower):
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  • Off-piste:-

Today’s Weather (1594 m)view full snow forecast

5 N5
11 °CF-Level
5 WNW5
12 °CF-Level
5 N5
16 °CF-Level

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Visitor Reviews of Cardrona

Graham from United Kingdom writes:

Visited in late August 2014 along with Coronet Peak and Treble Cone.

As indicated in previous reviews, NZ ski fields are much smaller than many of those in Europe. They are not resorts, they are more akin to the drive-to-and-ski fields such as Sunshine Village and Lake Louise in Canada (albeit smaller).

Cardrona is a really pleasant field. It's not huge and a good skier will have skied it all in a day (or less). However, the runs are nice (mostly Euro blue-red standard) and the scenery is stunning.

Lifts are generally modern and speedy; slightly annoying that NZ lifts don't to have foot rests, and McDougalls lift is very slow and uncomfortable.

Main restaurant if v busy at lunch-time (not sure on prices, we bought our own food, as did many others).

Drive up, on gravel, was ok; was chain free for us (but very dusty). Have chains with you. Easiest to get to from Wanaka.

Not many enticing multi-day deals to be had (you save $3-5 on subsequent days), with the adult price being ~$98 per day. Compared to area passes, in some Euro resorts, this strikes me as a bit expensive given the size of the fields. Multi-day passes bought for Cardrona can also be used at Treble Cone (but not Coronet Peak or Remarkables; different operating companies).

Staff are really pleasant and its good to see lifties marshalling the list queues to ensure that lifts are full and there is no pushing-in (Europe could learn from this).

Liked Cardrona, but I think Coronet Peak offers that bit more.

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