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Cardrona Mountain Carting
4.5

Cardrona Mountain Carting

By Cardrona Alpine Resort
Recommended by 96% of travellers
96% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Experience gravity-fuelled excitement on the New Zealand's only mountain carts! No prior experience is needed for this fun downhill activity, just a sense of adventure & a thirst for FUN! Carting sessions last for 2 hours with multiple trails to choose from. How many hot laps can you squeeze in?! - Action & excitement for all ages on 3 distinct tracks - Unique to Cardrona Alpine Resort - Stop & take in the view or race your mates! - Heaps of time to get up to speed with a 2 hour session - Hydraulic disc brakes mean security, even on steeper tracks Our opening days and hours differ throughout the season. Off peak 15th Dec - 24th Dec / 23rd Jan - 3rd March Open Thursday to Monday, 10am - 4pm (12-8pm every Friday!) Peak 26th Dec - 22nd Jan Open Monday to Friday, 10am - 6pm (12-8pm every Friday!)

Ages 8-99, max of 60 per group
Duration: 2h
Start time: Check availability
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Live guide: English
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  • Full face helmet & overalls
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • 2hr Cart Hire & Lift Pass
What's not included
  • Transportation to/from resort


Start:
  • Cardrona Alpine Resort, Cardrona Valley Rd, Cardrona 9305, New Zealand
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 62920P8

    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Minimum age to ride Mountain Cart alone - 8yrs old, minimum 12yrs to ride unsupervised
    • Weather in the alpine can vary greatly from that in the valley, please dress appropriately
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 62920P8

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    • You'll start at
      Cardrona Alpine Resort
      Cardrona Valley Rd, Cardrona 9305, New Zealand
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    • 1
      Cardrona Alpine Resort
      Stop: 8 hours
      Collect your carting pass at the Cardrona mountain ticket office, or before you arrive at our Wanaka store, Cardrona corner. Once you've taken in the incredible sights down the Cardrona Valley from our Base area, head to Cart HQ to collect your full face helmet, overalls & cart. After a quick safety briefing you'll head to the lift and the action begins! We've got three mountain cart trails to choose from starting right from the top of the resort, check out that view! The longest trail is over 3km & spans all the way out to Captain's Basin, & back to Whitestar Express - ride the lift & get faster on every lap as you become more familiar with the course & our unique mountain carts! A 2 hour carting session provides access to McDougall's Chondola & Whitestar Express. All done and want to celebrate your laps? Swing by The Lounge for a coffee and food or treat yourself to our wide selection of craft beers & local wines. 
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    • Cardrona Alpine Resort
      795
      Cardrona, New Zealand
      Joined in May 2020
    • 944tashl
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Do yourself a favor and bring your own
      It is better to take your own food! The quality of the food is really not good and made without any passion or even interest and that for ridiculously high prices. Even at the Mezz, what they like to call the fine dining, is not really a hit. Truffle chips?! They only get sprayed with something that might contain a minimum of truffles, if any at all. The food quality at noodle bar is exactly the same problem.
      Written 24 January 2024
    • zuumnz
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      One of the best ski fields in NZ.
      Always good times @ Cardrona even when the weather isn't the best. Usually go there during Winter X Games so that's busier than school holidays and during those times queues are a bit annoying if you are on the MdDougalls or Whitestar and want to watch so it would be great if they upgraded to a six-seater. But then the Captain's is usually relatively empty. Limited off-piste as you need decent snow coverage to hit the best diamonds trails but there are plenty of other cool drops and steep areas for adrenaline junkies around the Captain's. If the usually used for racing trails are open, you can get some decent speeds while carving it up hard :) Food/Beverages got a lot more expensive from the 2023 season to what I remember so you may want to pack lunch and bring your isotonic drinks with you :)
      Written 9 October 2023
    • J3035HQevec
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Absolutely amazing!!
      Staff were so nice, definitely worth getting a private lesson you get to skip ques so you don’t have to wait long, slops are great and well maintained.
      Written 28 September 2023
    • Wing Yiu F
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun experience for beginner!
      All the staff at the resort are super friendly and helpful. The bus ride is very comfortable thanks to our skilful driver Pete. My friends and I have very little experience in snow sports so we did a first timer package which include a whole day lesson. Our snowboarding instructor Gav is experienced, friendly, encouraging. We all managed to learn a few basic snowboarding skills. We couldn’t stop talking about it for the rest of the day.
      Written 11 September 2023
    • Aklfishboy
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Sort the crud out Cardrona
      Great snow, despite it being an average winter. Two things make this a 3 star review. At no time in the last seven days did I see a ski patrol. What I did see, was parks riders, both skiers and boarders hammering down the slow area at the bottom of All Nations, whizzing around novice skiers trying to get there confidence up, scaring the living daylights out of them. It's appallingly bad. Do something about it. Second, Captians cafe is still the biggest joke on the mountain. A sold out day, yet the queue for coffee was 25 minutes. Grumpy staff, grumpy patrons, but.....BUT, they still only had one of two coffee machines going. Unbelievable.
      Written 20 August 2023
    • alisont379
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great day- great instructor
      We had a private 2 hour lesson with Eriska. She was amazing- really patient, encouraging and clearly a very experienced instructor. We learned much more than we expected and were able to feel confident with skiing with and without poles, stopping, controlling our speed , riding the magic carpet and beginning to explore turns. Thank you so much. Extremely enjoyable day
      Written 18 August 2023
    • 902nathanm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A true Ski resort
      Having skied in the North Island for most of my life I have had a revelation. This field is so well run, so professional it puts RAL to shame. The snow conditions were quite low but it stayed in great condition through out the day. Crisp squeaky snow on a solid base. The staff managed the high numbers well and the free shuttle bus from the bottom carpark was great. We will be back.
      Written 7 July 2023
    • JennyD772
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great snowboarding. Average cafe experience
      Let me start by saying there wasn’t much snow but that didn’t stop us having fun on the beginner slopes and every instructor we had for group lessons was fantastic. But let’s talk about the downstairs cafe. Lunch is expensive but that’s what you expect on a mountain. Honestly, I have no issue with paying a premium for hot food. My issue is with the day we decided to bring our own noodles in a cup and use the boiling water tap in the cafe. I have spent a huge amount of money to bring my family here and wanted to exercise some frugality on one day. The single hot water boiler was out of water by 1:45 which is when lunch starts for those doing lessons. I asked staff behind the counter if it was broken and they said just to wait for it to reheat. I stood at the water heater for a full 20 minutes and every 4 minutes or so got a tiny dribble of boiling water. After 20 minutes I had enough water for one noodle cup and had a queue of disappointed customers behind me asking why I was taking so long. I repeatedly raised the issue to staff but they couldn’t/wouldn’t help. The best the staff offered was for me to buy an overpriced tea, throw away the teabag and use the water for my noodles. I found this a terrible experience, it soured our time at Cardrona and sent a clear message that profit is far more important than the customer experience. My advice is to have two or more water boilers, and if they aren’t working, do the right thing and provide free or reasonably priced boiling water from behind the counter. This is pretty basic customer service and I’m disappointed that Cardrona doesn’t put the customer first.
      Written 29 June 2023
    • laurenjO8976WT
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great for beginners
      Great time for everyone! The instructors were amazing, and all the staff were so helpful. It was easy to get onto the mountain from Queenstown, pickup our rental gear, find the instructor and get started. They had some great food and drink options on the mountain, as well as spots to sit and enjoy the view if you wanted a break Or skiing just wasn’t for you.
      Written 22 June 2023
    • Canucks583
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Enjoy the Sights of Cardrona the Easy Way
      We wanted to take the gondola up the mountain and do a walk at the top. We were concerned though about the long gravel road which you have to travel to get to the gondola base because of risking damaging the bodywork on our rental car. Fortunately, Cardrona offer a shuttle service for $10 up the hill and $5 backdown, bookable on their website. We took the shuttle, had lunch at the base station and then took the gondola up. The views on the walk which we then did were magnificent. We can definitely recommend experiencing this trip up the mountain.
      Written 12 February 2023
    • Lisa J
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great day of skiing
      We were fortunate to get to Cardrona in October for our kids to ski. After being away for two years of skiing we were happy to be back in familiar surroundings. We are always super organised and get up early to ensure we aren’t rushed and we always have a good experience. The staff are helpful with fitting the gear. The instructors are friendly and we feel happy our kids will be safe on the mountain. The cafe does great coffee and food and then downstairs when the kids come off the mountain there is plenty of food for them. Fantastic experience.
      Written 6 January 2023
    • NotGonnaUse
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good trails, bad rental bike tires
      Brilliant well maintained trails but rental downhill bikes tires were horrible with knobs coming off (See pic). Despite this, the bike rode alright and the 190mm travel was forgiving. Heaps of exposure but you get used to it. Peak to pub was fun. You have to be comfortable with steep blues to get the most out of the day but no lift lines makes it easy to get the laps in.
      Written 14 December 2022
    • justinrU9658YN
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great beginner classes
      We were up on the mountain last Saturday. What a warm sunny day. Big thanks to Lisa our Austrian instructor. The family had a ball and glad our 14 and 16 year old teenagers were able to join us in the beginner classes. The boys picked it up well thanks to Lisa’s instructions and was so patient with the giraffe that I was. We never skied before and we definitely will look at a ski strip again soon. Thanks Cardrona.
      Written 30 September 2022
    • LouiseHadden
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Bookings not refunded
      We had an awesome time at Cardrona on a multi pass. However, on the second day I fell and injured myself which flared an existing neurological medical condition. As a result, I was unable to attend the final day which was booked via First Light Travel. Later, we waited for a significant time period to obtain a refund for the final day of the multi task and was advised it could be arranged via the travel agency by the Cardrona staff. Upon following up the refund, we were informed it was not obtainable with mixed messages between Cardrona Alpine Resort and First Light Travel. This was rather disappointing given it was such an awesome time and the time spent trying to obtain this. Due to the run around, we will most likely take our business elsewhere in the future.
      Written 20 September 2022
    • Acineto
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Snow
      We arrived late morning after driving in from Queenstown airport. We were able to drive up the mountain and there were parking spots available. There was a free shuttle from the lower carpark to the main area, just chat with the staff sorting out the parking. They have quite a few lifts with varying degrees of business. The main Chondola McDougall's (mixed gondola and chair lift) wasn't too bad but the Whitestar beside it was quite busy. There was the new chair Wilows which went into the Soho Basin side and that wasn't very busy but the groomed trails were a little on the hard side. The snow on the Captains side of the resort was amazing. It was busy but there were periods when the chair was really busy and times when it wasn't that bad. There was a swing behind the McDougalls lift but did require a little walk to get there. The cafe was busy and had quick snacks like pies and chips available. There was also a restaurant up the stairs too. I quite enjoyed riding the resort on a snowboard. The snow was quite variable but it was generally quite nice and not overly lumpy and bumpy, particularly around the groomed runs.
      Written 18 September 2022
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    Neil C
    Porirua, New Zealand113 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely brilliant fun and a great way to get down the mountain in the summer!
    My son and I loved this - such good fun.
    The Cardrona team were brilliant - making this as safe as possible.
    The 2 hour session is perfect - enough time to get loads of runs in making the most of the 3 routes available to the karts.
    The safety briefing was good information to keep you safe and the kit provided was good quality.
    Written 30 January 2022
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    Lara T
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2022 • Family
    Thank you Daniel (Stoney) for helping and being so considerate to people with disabilities. Daniel went above and beyond to help Tarsha to get on the cart and to allow her to have the best experience of a lifetime. Not to mention it is something she will never forget!
    Daniel is a perfect representation of making things happen and finding solutions not obstacles. The Company is very fortunate to having Daniel as a part of their team.
    Written 22 December 2022
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    Daniel is such a wonderful human and an asset to have on the Cardrona team! Thank you for taking the time to post this feedback. It will make his day.
    Written 10 January 2023
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    trhazell
    Auckland, New Zealand28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2021
    Visited as a group of 4 couples and everyone had an absolute blast! Unique experience in the most beautiful surroundings. Staff friendly and helpful, great selection of suitable equipment and carts themselves are amazing bits of kit. 2-hour session was plenty of time to get at least 8 runs done (lost count as laughing so much). Would do this every weekend if I could. Many thanks for an awesome time.
    Written 14 February 2021
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    Lyndon W
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our 8 year old daughter saw an ad for this in a hotel magazine, and thought it looked fun… and she was right!

    The carts are great fun, and are easy to learn to drive. The were enough track,options to keep things interesting.
    The staff were all friendly and helpful.

    We had great weather-miso the view of Wanaka and Queenstown from the chairlift were spectacular. The temperature on the top of the mountain was several degrees cooler than at Wanaka- so this was a great way of escaping the heat of a 30+ degree day.

    We had high expectations for the Mountain Carts, and are expectations were exceeded.
    Written 9 January 2023
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    Tell your daughter we say 'THANK YOU'. We're stoked that you enjoyed your mountain carting experience and can't wait to see you up here again soon.
    Written 10 January 2023
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    Bondi
    Sydney, Australia9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2023
    Possibly the best fun one can have on 3 wheels!

    We had a blast on the carts doing all 3 runs with the Captains Run 2.5km long the best. Lots of rocks, potholes and skidding round the bends and corners on all 3 runs.
    All in all we did 11 runs in the 2 hour time frame. Staff were fantastic and very friendly. Great use of a ski field in summer, with great scenery as well. Definitely be back!
    Written 23 February 2023
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    Wow, 11 runs is an awesome effort! We're stoked that you enjoyed skidding around the course.
    Written 26 February 2023
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    19ellen95
    Queenstown, New Zealand9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Myself and a friend went mountain carting last week. It was such a fun, exhilarating experience! The staff were helpful and informative. The tracks are well constructed and sign posted. The views are amazing! I would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a thrilling and unique experience.
    Written 18 February 2020
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    Thanks so much for your review, Ellen! We're stoked you had a great time mountain carting up here. Hope to see you back again soon!
    Written 26 January 2021
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    David T
    Melbourne, Australia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Family
    One of the many highlights of our holiday. Well worth the trip up the mountain for not only the incredible views but also the 2 hours of adrenaline carting across 3 different downhill tracks.
    You can go as fast or as slow as you want.
    Written 8 January 2024
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    Krystal H
    Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The mountain carting is a MUST!
    This is way better then any luge we have ever done. Ideal for families, groups of functions.
    Regardless on the weather this is so much fun!! I would say its a must do while in Queenstown or Wanaka.
    Staff are absolutely amazing and so helpful. They were happy fun and had good chat with their guests.
    I can not fault our family experience here
    Written 23 December 2020
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    nznims
    Auckland Central, New Zealand24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    5 x 50 plus dad's gave it a go. Simply the best fun followed by a compulsory ale at the bottom of the road.

    Super easy to steer n stop. Thanks.
    Written 22 March 2023
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    This review made our day. Thanks for coming up and giving it a go!
    Written 4 April 2023
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    BrianPeat
    Mosgiel, New Zealand263 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My goodness what a wonderful facility for summer use. Normally the area would be covered in snow in the winter. Quite expensive though at $120 for two hours. Very good food in the Lounge Cafe
    Written 7 March 2020
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