Cardrona Alpine Resort logo New ZealandCardrona Alpine Resort is New Zealand’s most popular ski area, with all kinds of snow addicts hitting the slopes there – from beginners and first timers, to Olympic and X Games medallists. There’s a real sense of community up at Cardrona – everyone is welcomed with genuine Kiwi hospitality.

Wide, open slopes are home to some of New Zealand’s best snow conditions, an innovative snow making and management system, and the Southern Hemisphere’s most extensive terrain parks and pipes. Cardrona is home to the NZ Park and Pipe team, and hosts many top-level events throughout the season.

Kids of all ages are in great hands at Cardrona, with facilities to cater for the teeniest of tots, all the way through to kids in their early teens. There are programmes available for families visiting just for a day, a week, or the entire season, for all levels.

There are 15 on-mountain apartments for those who like to be first on the lifts in the morning. Cardrona sits conveniently between Wanaka and Queenstown, so there are plenty of accommodation options in both towns if Cardrona is your go-to mountain.

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

Cardrona offers a bus service, with picks ups from a few Wanaka hotels and key spots around town on the way up the mountain.

Scheduled pick-ups:

  • Edgewater Hotel 7.30am
  • Ramada Resort 7.35am
  • Wanaka Marina 7.40am
  • The Moorings 7.42am
  • Four Square 7.45am
  • Mountain View 7.47am
  • Pembroke Park 7.52am
  • Paper Plus/Cardrona Corner 7.55am
  • Oakridge Resort 8am
  • Return bus will drop off at the same points, in reverse order

Tickets are available from any Cardrona office (Queenstown, Wanaka or the mountain), or online. Shuttle buses are also available from Queenstown through Real Journeys, or can be booked with the Cardrona team.

If driving up the mountain isn’t your cup of tea, jump on the Pine Trees carpark and shuttle. Drive to the 1km mark on the Cardrona mountain road, park up and let the Cardrona team do the rest. 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, Base Café, Java, and the Noodle Bar. You can also enjoy freshly-made pizzas, hot drinks and cabinet food at the Captain’s. If you’re out exploring the mountain, you’ll find Little Meg at the bottom of Valley View, and the Vista Bar (complete with champagne) at the top of the McDougall’s Chondola.

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 is home to NZ’s first gondola-style lift on a ski area, the McDougall’s Express Chondola. There are also two quad express lifts, one fixed quad chairlift, three surface conveyor lifts and a platter tow lift, with a lift capacity of 12,500 people per hour.

Adult Student Child
Day Pass (Peak/Off-Peak) $115/$99 $95/$85 $60/$50
Half Day Pass (Peak/Off-Peak) $85/$80 $75/$70 $50/$45
Multi-Day Rates from (per day) $99 $80 $50

Peak: July, August & September
Off-Peak: June & October

For more info, check out Cardrona’s Day & Multi-Day passes.