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Cardrona Alpine Resort

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Address: | Wanaka, New Zealand
Phone Number: 0800 440 800
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Located between Wanaka and Queenstown in the Southern Alps of New Zealand,...

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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Amazing drive up.

After the amazing drive up the mountain we were met by fantastic staff. They couldnt have been more helpful. The apartment is great. The meal was delicious. Although it is the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mark H
Quilpie, Australia
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Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Cardrona is sort of an isolated place from queenstown and Wanaka, so staying at Cardrona made us go both ways easy as it's in half way from both sides. Went in summer so the surrounding was quite dry, but amazing view from the top. 14km gravel road drive to the resort, but it was alright. Stayed 2 nights but the... More 

Thank Amali93
Quilpie, Australia
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After the amazing drive up the mountain we were met by fantastic staff. They couldnt have been more helpful. The apartment is great. The meal was delicious. Although it is the off skiing season it is still worth a visit. There are plenty of activities to keep you amused.

Thank Mark H
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56 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice hotel in beautiful environment and with all services provided (wifi, restaurants etc). Since it's on the top of a mountain, I would recommend it only if you plan to stay around there for hiking though, there's a 12 km gravel street to descend to reach any other location around. Friendly staff.

Thank Carlo P
Melbourne, Australia
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59 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Easily my favorite field in the Queenstown/Wanaka area, Cardrona sits roughly halfway between Queenstown and Wanaka approx 30-45 mins drive from each town. Unlike Remarks (great for families and beginners) and Treble Cone (great for intermediates to advanced, mainly skiers), Cardrona has something for everybody. It's basically 3 bowls that are carved up into 4 areas. 1. When you first... More 

1 Thank Andrew M
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148 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

About an hour away from Queenstown but definitely worth the ride here. Multiple lifts that go to different areas with varying degrees of difficulty. The jumps and rails here are massive so not for beginners. The mountain itself has a really nice beginners area which is really wide and open. They also have more difficult areas for more advanced riders,... More 

Thank acineto
Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

We were snowed in on our first day. The resort was closed but the staff made sure we were looked after. We stayed in a spacious 3 bedroom apartment. The decor was basic but the kitchen was fully equipped for our self-catering needs. We felt looked after by the staff who helped us source a few ingredients that we forgot... More 

1 Thank famof5hols
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Found out by chance Cardrona still open 7th October. Travelled up to good powder and no queues, what a nice surprise when we expected the season to be over.

1 Thank Colin H
Morisset, Australia
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Absolutely loved skiing at Cardrona. Yes, the road up can get a bit hairy, but well worth it. Even better if you can get a shuttle bus up. Lift attendants were lovely and everything was easy to find. Will definitely come back.

Thank ChristineC2264
Auckland, New Zealand
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50 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

This was our second time to cardrona, the staff are really friendly and helpful, the runs are a good width and there is a half pipe and trick field to keep you entertained on the chair lift. all good fun, would recommend.

Thank princess3016
Christchurch, New Zealand
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67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

I have been coming to Cardrona for the past 10 years and having a great experience. Unfortunately I feel Cardrona has really slipped in the last few years in customer service. While the snow is still good (on a good day) the lift lines are getting longer and slower. Lifties seem to be more concerned about compliance rather than getting... More 

1 Thank Wayne T

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