Cardrona Alpine Resort logo New ZealandCardrona Alpine Resort is New Zealand’s most popular ski area, attracting all kinds of snow enthusiasts – from beginners and families, to Olympic and X Games athletes. Wide, open trails offer some of NZ’s best snow conditions, groomed to perfection by a modern and innovative snow management system.

Cardrona has four dedicated kids’ centres for all ages and offers on-mountain accommodation for those who like to be first on the lifts in the morning. There are also accommodation choices in the nearby resort towns of  There are also accommodation choices in the nearby resort towns of Cardrona, Wanaka and Queenstown.

Cardrona also boasts the Southern Hemisphere’s most extensive terrain park facilities and is home to the NZ Olympic Park and Pipe Team.

Cardrona is the largest ski area easily accessed from Queenstown.

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Cardrona is easily accessible from both Queenstown and Wanaka by shuttle, bus or car.

As of the 2016 season, Cardrona is offering a bus service, picking up from a couple of Wanaka hotels and Cardrona Corner on the way up the mountain.

Scheduled pick-ups:

  • Wyndham Resort 7.50am
  • Edgewater Resort 8am
  • Cardrona Corner (20 Helwick Street) 8.15am
  • Oakridge Resort 8.20am
  • Return bus will drop off at the same points, in reverse order

Tickets are available from Cardrona Corner, online or on the mountain.

Also new for the 2016 season is the Pine Trees carpark and shuttle. Drive to the 1km mark on the Cardrona mountain road, park up and jump on a Cardrona shuttle. The shuttle service gives you the option to avoid driving up the road, and you’re dropped off right at the Base buildings!


Cardrona’s facilities are much loved by locals and visitors, with great food, coffee, après and family options available. At the Base area you will find the table service Mezz Café, Base Café, Juice and Java, and the Noodle Bar. You can also enjoy freshly made pizzas, hot drinks and cabinet food at the Captain’s Café. As of the 2016 season you will be able to warm up with a hot drink at the base of Valley View Quad – Little Meg Café.

Rentals, lessons and other options can be booked in advance or on the mountain. You can also pick up your own gear at the Cardrona General Store. If you’re looking to get your skis or board tuned, check out the Cardrona Workshop.

Cardrona has two quad fixed chairlifts, two quad express lifts, three surface conveyor lifts and a platter tow lift, with a lift capacity of 11,000 people per hour.

Adult Student Child
Day Pass $103 $82 $52
Half Day Pass $76 $66 $42
Multi Day Rates (from) $93 $71 $47