Cardrona Alpine Resort

Cardrona is a great mountain for beginner and intermediate abilities which makes up for 75% of the terrain, gentle wide open spaces prevail and two surface conveyor learner lifts result in an accelerated learning curve.

Cardrona boasts the only beginner trail in New Zealand that runs along the mountain’s peak. Beginners literally feel on top of the world with breathtaking views from Lake Wanaka to Queenstown. An incredible playground for freestyle skiers and boarders. Slope facilities include three terrain parks with a wide range of rails and jumps, up to two half pipes with a dedicated platter lift, and a gravity cross course.

Scheduled season dates: 16 June - 14 October 2019*



Vertical rise 


Ski terrain

853 acres








2 quad express chairlifts
2 quad fixed chairlift
2 surface conveyor learner lifts
1 pipe platter lift

Longest run


Terrain parks

22ft Super Pipe - "The Olympic"
18ft Pipe "The International"
90ft Big Air Jump "The Monster Big Air"
Fun Zone - Calci Yum Family Fun Zone
Beginner Terrain Park - "Western's Gap"
Intermediate Terrain Park - "The Play zone"
Advanced Terrain Park - "Heavy Metal" and an 800m Gravity Cross Course


Four dedicated kids centres
Fully licensed Mezz Café Restaurant & Bar
Base self service café
Noodle Bar
Juice and Java Bar
Snow accessory shop
Ski and snowboard school
High performance centre
Full rental services including workshop
Medical centre
Ticketing and guest services


Cardrona is home to New Zealand's most comprehensive on-mountain fully licensed early childcare centres. The centres provide a warm, secure and supportive environment for those aged 3 months to 4 years so you have peace of mind while out on the slopes while the Ski and Snowboard schools (Archway Westside and Eastside) will have your 5 to 14 year olds entertained.

Recommended accomodation

Bella Vista Motel Wanaka
Wanaka Edge Apartments
The Moorings Wanaka
Edgewater Resort Wanaka

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