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Cardrona Alpine Resort

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Address: | Wanaka, New Zealand
Phone Number: 0800 440 800

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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excellent ski resort for service

my family and I drove up to this resort during our recent visit to queenstown in july 2016.It was an easy short drive from central queenstown,and the trip from the base to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

my family and I drove up to this resort during our recent visit to queenstown in july 2016.It was an easy short drive from central queenstown,and the trip from the base to the resort was spectacular as there was good snow fall the night before.We were very impressed by the quality of service given by the staff who were helpful... More 

Thank Chin T
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great for beginners and experts. Lots of wonderful runs and really expert and helpful staff throughout the resort. Highly recommended.

Thank Kaz K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As first time skiers we totally relied on what we were told by Cardrona office staff in Queenstown. Our first visit was just after 7am, they were perky, helpful and patient with all of our questions. Doreen and Edward in particular were just fabulous. Once we got up to the resort we just followed our noses and managed to get... More 

Thank Wendy R
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

School holidays , :( , you would think that the ski field would have sorted there teething problems by now , 45 minute wait to buy passes , then the lifts kept breaking down .

Thank Craig R
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had visited Coronet Peak and Remarkables before, and decided to stay at the Cardrona Alpine Resort this time with my wife and 3 kids, to make it easier to get to and from the snow. Overall we had an amazing time, the mountains were spectacular, staff incredibly friendly and it was very convenient. Pros - Staying on the mountain... More 

Thank DaddyBlogger1
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Enjoyed a few days skiing at Cardrona early in the 2016 season (season had a late start with not much snow). This is a good family beginner/intermediate location, but advanced skiers may find it a bit basic. The resort uses a digital pass system for all skiing activities & access to chair lifts that was a pleasure to use. Biggest... More 

Thank Shane W
Adelaide, South Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We rocked up totally ignorant of anything to do with skiing. We got our hire clothes and equipment and had a series of group, plus one private lessons over 3 days. By the end we were all confident on the green runs. It is a busy place in July so get used to queues. The staff are great and the... More 

Thank aussieAl_61
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great time skiing yesterday. My 8 year old daughter preferred Cardrona over Coronet peak as did I because the beginner runs are wider and longer and the snow was much better quality. It is worth the extra hour drive to get out there. Had private lessons and learnt heaps with friendly and helpful instructors.

Thank amanda1379
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

for someone who had never seen before our visit to cardrona, it was an awesome experience. the ski lessons were perfect, instructor (Sam from London) very friendly. Rentals very organised. food was good.

Thank austin p
Jen H, Communications at Cardrona Alpine Resort, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your great review Austin! We're so stoked you had a great time at Cardrona, & an awesome lesson with Sam :) Please come visit us again soon!! More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My recent visit to Cardrona was satisfying. Getting to ski in July is quite a novel experience for someone from the Northern Hemisphere. Pros: - Having skied all over the world, I was impressed by the variety of terrain and the snow. Even during this poor snow year, I found pockets of great snow all over the mountains. There was... More 

Thank BenL0693
Jen H, Communications at Cardrona Alpine Resort, responded to this review

Hi Ben! Thanks so much for taking the time out of your day to give us feedback! We're really stoked you had a great day at Cardrona. In terms of your experience in Rentals, we agree that 45mins in the wrong queue does not make for a good time! We're very sorry you had this experience - we actually have... More 

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