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Cardrona Ski Resort Guide

Cardrona, New Zealand

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Cardrona Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift6,214ft
Resort Height4,934ft
 Nearest AirportsWanaka and Queenstown
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Cardrona at a glance

A youngish resort, established in 1981 but with alot of new building in 1995, locally famous for friendly staff, dry southern snow and terrain suited for all abilities. The slopes are South East facing to retain the snow well, important as there's little snow making.

Cardrona offers terrain suited to all ability levels and is famed for its wide open, undulating terrain that is perfect for beginners and intermediates, whilst the Arcadia and Tulips chutes offer extra challenge for more advanced riders. Trails are up to 1.5km (just under a mile) in length, the toughest being the Arcadia chutes. Uplift includes quads and magic carpets for beginners.

Cardrona is located in the Crown Range between Queenstown (57kms/60mins) and Wanaka (34kms/35mins) in the South Island of New Zealand.

 When will it snow in Cardrona?

The next notable snow forecast for Cardrona is 1in, expected on 8 August, with around 3in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Cardrona Facts, Stats and Ratings

Cardrona Rated

Ratings for Cardrona
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

How High is Cardrona?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Cardrona
Highest Lift6,214ft
Lowest Trail5,476ft
Resort Altitude (Cardrona)4,934ft
Max Vertical1,280ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Cardrona Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Cardrona
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
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Cardrona Summary

The New Zealand Ski Resort of Cardrona has direct access to 23 marked pistes, served by a total of 7 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 4,934ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible.

On the Mountain

The most difficult run is the 'Arcadia Chutes'.

 Skiing in Cardrona

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

 Snowboarding in Cardrona

Cardrona is home to New Zealand’s premier terrain parks, with up to four half pipes, a gravity cross and a range of beginner freestyle features.

When is Cardrona open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Cardrona.


Usual opening is Mid June, and usual closing is Early Oct.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Cardrona.

Snow Making

Cardrona is able to make snow, with 1 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The seven ski lifts of Cardrona are able to uplift 7,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Cardrona?

Cardrona is in Queenstown Lakes, Otago, New Zealand.

How can I get to Cardrona?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Cardrona are Wanaka, Queenstown and Invercargill, all within three hours drive. Queenstown and Wanaka are just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


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