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Book - Cardrona Alpine Resort

OPEN: 26 JUNE - 13 OCT

Cardrona is a relaxed and friendly ski area that has been putting smiles on skiers and snowboarders for 35 years.

Explore it all - wide open beginner trails, pristine groomers, fun freeride terrain and world class parks and pipes. Whatever your level we've got the snow for you!

Well renowned for it's high speed lifts, brand new Chondola (Gondola / Chairlift Combo), big wide open groomed runs, great facilities and an incredible team of staff dedicated to making your day the most enjoyable snow experience of you life.

Season Dates: 

  • Opening Day - Friday 26th October
  • Closing Day - Sunday 13th October (TBA)

Operating hours: 9AM - 4PM daily

Prices: Multi Passes valid at Cardrona on consecutive or non-consecutive days. Passes can also be used at Treble Cone Ski Resort. 

  • Adult prices from $100 per day
  • Child prices from $50 per day
  • Student prices from $80 per day

Mountain Statistics & Facts:

  • Base Area Elevation: 1670m
  • Highest Lifted Point: 1860m
  • Vertical Rise: 600m
  • Terrain: 345 hectares

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain:

  • 25% Beginner
  • 50% Intermediate
  • 25% Advanced

Average Annual Snowfall: 2.7 metres. Snow making to supplement natural snow in the Main and Captain's Basins.


  • 2 quad fixed chairlift
  • 2 quad express chairlifts
  • 2 surface conveyor lifts
  • 1 platter tow lift
  • Lift capacity 11,000 people per hour

Base Facilities:

  • Snow shop
  • Full ski and snowboard rental services including workshop
  • On Mountain accommodation
  • Snowfoto - on mountain photography of you and your family
  • Ticketing & guest services
  • Medical Centre - Cardrona's medical facilities, equipment, curriculum and of course staff are of a very high standard. A registered doctor is on duty at all times, and a physiotherapist is on standby. Trained patrol staff monitor on-slope safety constantly.
  • Bag check available in rental for the small fee of $5

Ski and Snowboard Instruction, Coaching and Child Care and Development:

  • Ski & Snowboard School
  • Cardrona Alpine Ski Team dedicated to helping ski race athletes.
  • Cardrona Parks Squad dedicated to helping freestyle athletes.
  • [email protected]
  • New Zealand's best facilities for kids:
  • Nursery & Kindy (3 months - 3 years)
  • Ski Kindy (3 -4 years)
  • Kids Ski & Snowboard School (5 - 14 years) with indoor facilities in the Archway Building (Eastside & Westside)
  • The Cardrona Kindys are licensed early childhood centres, audited bi-annually by the NZ Ministry of Education.

Definitions for Lift Passes:

  • Student: 18+yrs enrolled full time (minimum 32 weeks in a calendar year) with a New Zealand or Australian tertiary institution. Student ID & proof of full time status (letter from institution) is required. ID card must be in English & include a valid expiry date. ISIC cards are not accepted.
  • Child: Currently attending school, 6-17yrs inclusive. Photo ID will be required. Under 6: Children under 6yrs, on day of purchase, ski for free. Please collect a complimentary lift pass from the ticket office.
  • All ski lift passes are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Single Day Lift Pass:
One Day lift pass to Cardrona Alpine Resort.

  • Adult $130.00
  • Child $65.00
  • Student $99.00

Multi Pass: 2 Day:
Two day lift pass to Cardrona Alpine Resort. Passes can also be used at Treble Cone Ski Resort.

  • Adult $250.00
  • Child $120.00
  • Student $190.00

Mulit Pass: 3 Day:
Three day lift pass to Cardrona Alpine Resort. Passes can also be used at Treble Cone Ski Resort.

  • Adult $300.00
  • Child $150.00
  • Student $255.00

Multi Pass: 4 Day:
Four day lift pass to Cardrona Alpine Resort. Passes can also be used at Treble Cone Ski Resort.

  • Adult $400.00
  • Child $200.00
  • Student $340.00

Multi Pass: 5 Day:
Five day lift pass to Cardrona Alpine Resort. Passes can also be used at Treble Cone Ski Resort.

  • Adult $500.00
  • Child $250.00
  • Student $425.00

What are the season dates?

The dates for the 2020 season are from the 26th June - 13th October (TBC)

Can I stay on the mountain at Cardrona?

Yes, apartment accommodation at Cardrona is available. However, space is limited so it is important to book early. Alternatively, Wanaka and Queenstown are the closest towns to the mountain and offer a range of accommodation options.

Are there shuttles to the mountain?

Shuttle options are available from Wanaka, Queenstown and Cromwell from a variety of different companies.

How close is Cardrona to Wanaka and Queenstown?

Cardrona is 34 km (35 minutes' drive) from Wanaka and 58km (60 minutes' drive) from Queenstown.

Are there any child care facilities at Cardrona?

Cardrona's Nursery, is a licensed Early Childcare Centre for three month olds to two year olds. Cardrona's Kindy, is a fully licensed Early Childcare Centre for two to four year olds. View information on the kindy, nursery and enrolment forms.

Cardrona also offers Ski Kindy, which is a fully licensed Early Childcare Centre for three and four year olds to learn to ski with a specialist instructor.

What time do half day passes start?

Half day passes can be either a morning half day finishing at 12.30pm or an afternoon half day starting at 12.30pm

Do you have a family pass?

Families come in all shapes and sizes these days so Cardrona does not have a family pass. Our helpful team will assist you in finding the correct pass for each family member. Dad may have quite different needs to the kids that have never skied.

Can I store my gear on the mountain?

If your gear is rented from Cardrona's fleet our overnight storage facility is complimentary. Storage is available for own gear at $8 per day.

What should I wear?

In the mountain environment, the weather can change rapidly and often when you wake up in town the weather is completely different to what it's like on the mountain. We recommend bringing and wearing several layers so that you can adjust to the changing conditions and make sure the kids do the same.

Dress everyone with:

• Thermal layer - polypropylene or merino long johns and top

• Socks - knee-length, not too thick and pulled up so there are no wrinkles inside the boots

• A warm long-sleeved top, wool or fleece is best. Try to avoid cotton as it is very hard to keep warm if it gets wet. NOTE: The colder the day, the more mid layers you will need).

• Waterproof (and preferably lined/insulated) jacket and pants

• Warm, waterproof gloves or mittens

• Warm hat

• Eye protection - goggles or sunglasses*

• Lots of sunscreen*

* Eye protection and sunscreen are extremely important, the sun gets reflected by the snow and can cause severe sunburn and/or snow-blindness if not properly protected.

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