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Cardrona Alpine Resort

Address: | Wanaka, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 3 443-7341
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Ranked #46 of 485 Attractions in South Island
Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Skiing
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Owner description: Located between Wanaka and Queenstown in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Cardrona is a high ski resort renowned among skiers and snowboarders for its dry, powder snow and wide slopes. Features include NZ's leading snowboard park and pipes, excellent kids skiing facilities, ski and snowboard school, on snow restaurants and apartment accommodation. Cardrona's ski season is approx mid June to early October.
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Pukeatua, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Our 8 year old loved his 1st time on skis that we hired from the ski field at reasonable rates. Will go up again next time we are down.

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Perth, Australia
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Excellent learner facilities available where my wife and youngest daughter were able to gain some confidence. My daughter then came up to some more advanced slopes that afternoon. While my older daughter and I were able to enjoy the rest of the ski areas and have a really great day. Plenty of snow fell that day making for a great... More

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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142 reviews 142 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Very extensive peaks and plenty of ski trails ranging from the very easy to the very challenging. I did find that cafes and places to eat were a little scarce compared to what I am accustomed to back in Victoria, Australia, and there seemed to be one main area at which you could gather to eat, but little else conveniently... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A bit of a trek getting to Cardrona and for those of us that get carsick, remember to take some sealegs before the trip. Once there it is an amazing ski resort. Loads of variety in terms of the runs. The cafes are a bit of a let down though, I would have expected something a little more upmarket. The... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Great skiing in Oct a bit slushy by lunchtime to be expected. Hired boots and skis good service although a bit understaffed so service a little slow perhaps as the end of the season. Everyone on the mountain friendly and helpful.

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Sydney, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Wasn't sure what to expect with Queenstown's first week of the official snow season, wasn't much snow in Queenstown but after a journey of about 90 minutes, got to Cardrona and it was packed with snow, blizzard at times and the kidds had a ball, they'll remember Cardrona as the place they learned to ski.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We were planning to go to all 4 fields on our last trip, 2nd on the list after the remarks was here. We loved it so much we skipped the others and just kept coming back here. One complaint was Friday when the schools where up for sports it was way way to packed 20min lift queues. Also the eggs... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We went as two families with kids at beginner/intermediate level aged between 8-11years over a period of five days - spring skiing. Snow was still pretty good. The mountains were great for us all even the more advanced skiers. Great runs for all rounders. Blue runs are fun and the wide terrain is gorgeous. Not many thin man made tracks.... More

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New Zealand
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Cardrona is the field we enjoy most for variety and ability to cater for all levels and ages in the party. We were surprised this year to experience no queues and fresh snow so late in the year. It meant the half day pass was just enough for us and we noted we got in more runs than a full... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We spent two great days skiing here. The lessons were great and got our beginner skier out on the slopes very quickly. We found the resort to be perfect for beginners and there are lots of lovely wide slopes which are perfect for novices. We found the staff at the ski hire to be really helpful and friendly - which... More

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