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3 wheels, 3 times the fun! Experience New Zealand’s first gravity-fuelled mountain carting adventure at Cardrona.

Experience Cardrona’s downhill adrenaline activity for all ages...mountain carting! No prior experience is needed, just a sense of adventure and a thirst for FUN!

There are three mountain cart trails to choose from, the longest of which is over 3km & spans all the way out to Captain's Basin, and back to Whitestar Express. Ride the lift & get faster on every lap as you become more familiar with the course and these unique mountain carts!

INCLUDES

  • Unique, 3 wheeled Mountain Cart
  • Use of 3 tracks, 
  • 2 Hour Mountain Cart lift pass (unlimited laps in your pass time)
  • Helmet, boilder suit and gloves
  • Safety briefing and practice run

DEPARTURE TIMES

  • 10am, 12pm, and 2pm daily
  • Dec 22 - Feb 10: 4pm carting also available daily  
  • Fridays only: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm

SEASON

  • Mountain Carting is a SUMMER ONLY activity
  • Available December to March

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • Bring sturdy footwear & clothing layers – especially a windproof jacket as mountain conditions can change very quickly
  • Minimum height restriction for single Mountain Cart drivers is 120cm. Kids between 100 & 120cm can ride tandem with an adult for free. 
  • The weight limit for the mountain carting is a maximum 120kg.

GETTING THERE: 

Cardrona is an easy drive from Queenstown & Wanaka.

Drive times:

  • Wanaka - 34km / 35mins
  • Queenstown - 58km / 60mins
  • Arrowtown - 37km / 45mins

Transfers:

  • Cardrona Transport departs Queenstown at 8.15 & 11.45am, returning  2.45 & 5.45pm
  • 8 and 11 seater Private shuttle options available from $70pp. Enquire Now.

2 Hour Cart and Lift Pass:
Includes: Unlimited laps of the lift in your pass time to ride the trails. Minimum height restriction for single Mountain Cart drivers is 120cm. Kids between 100 & 120cm can ride tandem with an adult for free.

  • Adult $100.00
  • Child $100.00

2 Hour Cart Only [If you have a Mountain Bike Lift Pass]:
Includes: 2 Hour Cart Hire. If you already have a mountain bike lift pass and want to try your hand at Mountain Carting too!

  • Adult $70.00
  • Child $70.00

2hr Cart, Lift & Transport:
Transport departs Cardrona Queenstown at 8.15 & 11.45am, returning 2.45 & 5.45pm

  • Adult $150.00
  • Child $150.00

What is a mountain cart?

The 3-wheeled, alpine specialized, German-made mountain cart is designed for performance, comfort & safety.

  • The low centre of gravity & wide wheelbase enables high stability
  • Hydraulic disc brakes mean security, even on steeper tracks
  • Ergonomic design allows for a relaxed & comfortable sitting position
  • High-quality aluminium construction makes for easy handling

Is there a minimum height for mountain carting? 

Yes. To ride your own mountain cart you must be a minimum height of 120cm. If your kids are shorter than 120cm, they can ride with you in tandem on a bigger cart!

What cart sizes are relative to the driver’s height?

  • Small: 120–165cm*
  • Medium: 155–180cm
  • Large: 170–195cm
  • Extra Large: 180–210cm

*If your kids are shorter than 120cm, they can ride with you in tandem on a bigger cart!

What is the weight limit? 

The weight limit for the mountain carting is a maximum 120kg. 

What should I expect for my mountain carting session?

  • Make sure you bring sturdy footwear & clothing layers – especially a windproof jacket as mountain conditions can change very quickly
  • Once you get to the top of the Cardrona mountain road, head to the Ticket Office to pick up your carting passes (if you haven’t already done so in Queenstown or Wanaka)
  • Head over to Cart HQ (to the right of the Archway), where you will be fitted out with a mountain cart, helmet, & optional goggles & overalls
  • You’ll get a safety briefing from the team member at Cart HQ, do a little practise & head to the lift for some 3-wheeled FUN!

Cardrona Mountain Carting Location

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