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Cardrona Ski Resort Guide

Cardrona, New Zealand

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift1,894m
Resort Height1,504m
 Nearest AirportsWanaka and Queenstown
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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.


The New Zealand ski resort of Cardrona is at an altitude of 1,504m.

Cardrona has direct access to 23 marked pistes, served by a total of 7 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,504m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible.


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

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Cardrona?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Cardrona.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Cardrona

Ski Area Stats

Cardrona Ski Area

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


Cardrona Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,894m
Lowest Piste1,669m
Resort Altitude (Cardrona)1,504m
Max Vertical390m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Cardrona
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Cardrona Overview

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Arcadia Chutes'.


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.

Location and Map

Where is Cardrona?

This ski resort is in Queenstown Lakes, Otago, New Zealand.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Cardrona is Wanaka, 28 minutes drive away.

Queenstown and Invercargill airports are 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.


Ski Lift Capacity

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

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 1 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Cardrona open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.


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

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Cardrona, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Cardrona Tourist Office for the latest.

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