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Cardrona Alpine Resort, Wanaka

Cardrona Alpine Resort is nestled into the incomparable mountains of New Zealand's South Island. Cardrona is perfectly sited to allow you the greatest choice in accommodation and apres ski activity. A spectacular 65 minute drive from the tourist centre of Queenstown brings you to the slopes of Cardrona from the south, while Wanaka is just 35 minutes to the north. You can stay on the mountain at Cardrona or at either of these great destinations.

Cardrona Alpine Resort has a relaxed and friendly feel and caters to skiiers and snowboarders of all levels and ages. With a reputable ski school and on-site early childhood centre, it's a family favorite. There are specialist slopes for beginners, heaps of wide open groomed slopes for intermediates, chutes for the advanced and an extensive park for freestylers.

Cardrona Ski Resort, New Zealand

Cardrona Quick Facts

Nearest Town Wanaka
Distance (km) 34
Nearest Airport Queenstown
Distance (km) 58
Annual Snow Fall (m) 2.7
Season Opens Late June
Season Closes Early October
Skiable Area (hectares) 320
Base Altitude (m) 1670
Highest Altitude (m) 1894
Beginner 25%
Intermediate 55%
Advanced 20%
Total Number of Lifts 8
Chairlifts 4
T-Bars 0
Platters 1
Magic Learner Lifts 3
Ski School Yes
Ski Hire Yes
Chain Hire Yes
Groomers Yes
Half Pipe Yes
Terrain Park Yes
Cafe Yes
Bar Yes
Accommodation on Ski Area Yes

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4983 reviews)

    Loved it!

    We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and felt we saw and experienced much of the island. Ben and Emma were exceptional guides: friendly, fun, knowledgeable, and hard working! We were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary with this trip and they went out of their way to make it even more special. The sites were amazing and to top it off we had outstanding weather.
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    – Alaska, United States
    Rimu, December 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 4983 reviews)

    Exceeded my Expectations. A Trip to Treasure.

    Active adventures provided an outstanding New Zealand experience. Our guides (Tory and Jordie) went above and beyond during our South Island Rimu trip. Their passion for the outdoors as well as the traditions and culture of NZ enhanced the two week journey. As guides, I was most impressed by their attention to detail and safety. I appreciated the warm smiles, gems of knowledge and yummy meals on even the challenging hike days. For my birthday, during the three day hike at Nelson Lakes National Park, Tory and Jordie surprised me with two delicious cakes to share with my new hiking family. A moment I will treasure, enhanced by the breath taking views of the alpine lake at Angelus Hut.

    The beauty of the country surpassed my expectations, particularly sites like Milford Sound and Mt. Cook. Such a diverse, lush landscape, each hike offered a unique perspective of the stunning views. Combined with the kayaking and biking options, allowed for an exciting and interesting mix. The highlight of my two weeks was my heli-hike on the Tasman Glacier, such an unforgettable experience.

    I'm looking forward to future Active Adventure trips, but will definitely keep a little piece of NZ in my heart. A truly bucket list destination.


    Gigi (from The Bahamas)
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    – West Virginia, United States
    Rimu, July 2017
  •   4.38 out of 5 (from 1211 reviews)

    Joy Project; New Zealand's North Island

    The Tongariro Crossing was the highlight of my visit of the Northern Island. I felt as though we were trekking on another planet.

    Andrew and Claire shared their extensive knowledge of New Zealand’s culture, land, flora and fauna while offering great music on Dick, the bus and fabulous meals!

    I was asked about traveling to New Zealand alone. I explained I was not alone but traveling with twelve friends I had not met yet. This turned out to be factual.
    Lynn Marie
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    – Michigan, United States
    Kauri, August 2016
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1887 reviews)

    Tui Trip

    As seasoned travelers we know what makes a great trip. Our guides Nick and Mel were over the top with all aspects of the trip. From the minute of our pickup to our improvised departure, through cyclone Gita we never missed a beat. Wouldn’t change a thing. A true trip of a life time.
    Kelly Zeiler Review Image
    – Montana, United States
    Tui, March 2018
  •   4.60 out of 5 (from 1887 reviews)

    Wonderful Choice!

    A trip to New Zealand was on my "bucket list" and my husband chose this trip for the south island. I think this is a wonderful way to see the outstanding scenery of the south island. We will be back!
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    – Tennessee, United States
    Tui, April 2017

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