New Zealand Ski


Cardrona is renowned for being a fun and friendly ski resort with some of the most reliable snow conditions in the region.

Thanks to its high elevation and south facing location, snow is dry and plentiful.  Beginners will love Cardrona’s famous beginners’ slopes which were redeveloped in 2011, making them larger and accessed by a state of the art magic carpet.

Just remember that generally there is no accommodation on the slopes, but rather you'll find heaps of choices in nearby resort towns such as Wanaka and Queenstown.  At Cardrona however there are apartments that offer accommodation on the slopes.  Great if you like to be first on the lifts in the morning!

Cardrona is the second largest ski area in the Queenstown- Wanaka region.

  • Transport

    Cardrona is easily accessible from both Queenstown and Wanaka by shuttle, bus or car. Drive time from Queenstown is 60 minutes over the spectacular Crown Range. Kiwi Discovery & Info & Track buses leave frequently from Queenstown. Cardrona is a short 35 minute drive by car from Wanaka with Alpine Coaches providing regular buses from the centre of town. Private shuttle transfers can be arranged with Ridgeline Adventures. More detail on transport options and distances

  • Ski & Snowboard Lessons

    Cardrona is home to NZ’s friendliest Snowsports Centre! Cardrona’s team of talented instructors & coaches will help build your confidence and skills out on the slopes no matter what your age or ability level. Cardrona Snowsports School has got you covered with a range of lessons and programs on offer, including first time packages, group lessons, private lessons or week long programmes. With four kids centres to choose from the little ones are particularly well looked after with options for those aged 3 months to 14 years.

  • Rental Equipment

    Make it easy this ski holiday and rent all your equipment on the mountain! Cardrona has a huge range of the latest ski and snowboard gear for a great day out including helmets, waterproof clothes, goggles and wrist gaurds. Skis and snowboards are available including twin tips, Burton Learn to Ride snowboards, performance and beginner skis. Cardrona rental equipment can be used at surrounding mountains in the Southern Lakes and returned at the end of your holiday to our offices in either Wanaka or Queenstown. Our friendly team of rental technicians are on hand to offer advice and ensure that your gear is perfectly set up just for you.

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  • We'll have some new offers for the 2015 season early in 2015

    More deals are coming, check back soon to book your New Zealand ski holiday.

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