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Cardrona Alpine Resort

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| Wanaka, Cardrona 9382, New Zealand
+64 800 440 800
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Cool Heights on Hot Summer Days - great for easy hiking/walking

The is an alpine ski area w/ resort/ restaurants. In summer, it doubles as mountain bike terrain... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Uhuru966
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So much fun.

Went with friends mountain carting. Was awesome!! The crew are super helpful and the carting was so... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Located between Wanaka & Queenstown in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, Cardrona is a high ski resort renowned among skiers & snowboarders for its dry powder snow & wide slopes. Features include the Southern Hemisphere's most extensive park & pipes, excellent kids skiing facilities, ski & snowboard school, 8 distinctly different cafes & restaurants, & apartment accommodation. Cardrona is open for both winter & summer operations, with mountain biking, gondola rides, hiking/sightseeing, stargazing & NZ's only mountain carting in the summer months.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“valley view” (11 reviews)
“half pipe” (6 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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| Wanaka, Cardrona 9382, New Zealand
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+64 800 440 800
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"valley view"
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"skiing experience"
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"half pipe"
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"kids club"
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"ski school"
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"rental gear"
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"great snow"
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"ski instructor"
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"magic carpet"
in 17 reviews
"snow quality"
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"lift tickets"
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"ski fields"
in 22 reviews
"blue runs"
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"advanced skiers"
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"noodle bar"
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"beginner runs"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The is an alpine ski area w/ resort/ restaurants. In summer, it doubles as mountain bike terrain, and for carting tracks. On a hot summer day (as happened this past summer many a time) it is at least 10C cooler on the mountaintop as compared...More

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Jen H, Communications at Cardrona Alpine Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for taking the time to write us a review, Uhuru966! We're so glad you enjoyed your time up on the mountain - hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went with friends mountain carting. Was awesome!! The crew are super helpful and the carting was so much fun. Sadly only 1 track was open. But I'm sure it was temperaury. Can't wait to go back.👍😁More

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Jen H, Communications at Cardrona Alpine Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Addam! We're so stoked you had an awesome time carting. Yep, unfortunately you did visit us when we temporarily only had 1 of our 3 cart tracks open - it's great to hear you enjoyed it regardless! We can't wait to see you again...More

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

This review is not about the place but if you are driving at your own, book this resort only if you are an expert driver for driving on the hilly road. The road is not well constructed and you have to drive for almost 12kms....More

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Jen H, Communications at Cardrona Alpine Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi arorajianil! Thanks so much for taking the time to give us feedback. We're sorry to hear you didn't have a good experience driving up our road - although it is a high alpine road, it has been built wide & not overly steep to...More

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Great idea to cart down the ski field in the off season , very enjoyable but I would recommend cutting the price to $50pp to get more people up in the off season. 2 hours was plenty of time and the staff were lovely ....More

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Jen H, Communications at Cardrona Alpine Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi jtm7! Thanks so much for taking the time to write us a review :) We're stoked you had a good time & we'll see you again soon!

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Reviewed 9 March 2018

This place is amazing! We visited on a sunny summers day (still only 6 degrees on arrival though!) for some mountain carting and it was a whole lot of fun! The drive up the long windy road was spectacular enough but when you reach the...More

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Jen H, Communications at Cardrona Alpine Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Paulie! We're so chuffed you had a great time mountain carting up here at Cardrona! We hope to see you guys up here again soon :)

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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Due to last-minute changes in our itinerary, we were unable to stargaze at Mt. Cook. After a quick online search, we found the Cardrona Alpine Resort stargazing experience. Alex’s knowledge and enthusiasm of astronomy are infectious – it was wonderful to listen to his presentation...More

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Jen H, Communications at Cardrona Alpine Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi there! We're SO stoked you had a great time on our stargazing tour with Alex... & we agree, he'd do a great job as Earth's representative ;) Hope to see you back up here again soon!

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

We were foolishly trying to wing it, booking accommodation day-to-day on a recent road trip around the South Island, that happened to coincide with the Chinese New Year and Cyclone Gita. CNY meant every reasonably-priced room, but one loft at Cardrona was booked out and...More

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Jen H, Communications at Cardrona Alpine Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Olli! We're stoked you managed to find a spot to stay with us - hope you enjoyed the unexpected snow too!!

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Reviewed 15 February 2018

My wife & I had a few days to spare around Wanaka, & came across a flyer for a stargazing experience at the Cardrona Alpine Resort. As others have already said, take it easy driving up the dirt switchbacks to the resort (rabbits everywhere.. ),...More

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Jen H, Communications at Cardrona Alpine Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Thank you so much for your great review, David!! We're so chuffed you had a great time on our Stargazing tour - we'll pass on your kind words to Alex & his team. Hope to see you up on the mountain again soon!

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Reviewed 12 February 2018 via mobile

Treat the 14k road up with respect as it is corrugated, loose gravel, you lose sight of gutters on the inside of hairpin corners and often no railing between you and the drop off. That said it is well worth the drive. Walking tracks, cart...More

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Jen H, Communications at Cardrona Alpine Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Hi Nonapama! Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. It's lovely to hear you had a good time up here this summer - hope to see you in winter too :)

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Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

We are a family of 7 and on our way to Wanaka we want Carting. I got a great deal on bookme. The views are stunning and the carting was extremely fun and for all ages. We would definitely recommend going out of your comfort...More

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Jen H, Communications at Cardrona Alpine Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Hi Suzie! Thanks so much for your awesome review! We're so stoked you & your family had a great time up here. Hope to see you all up here again soon!

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TinaSueWP
6 January 2018|
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Response from Andrew C | Reviewed this property |
My daughter was there in mid July 2017 and there was lots of good quality snow. We were there in late September 2017 and there was still some good snow around. The locals had said it had been a great season in 2017. While... More
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TinaSueWP
6 January 2018|
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Response from Jen H | Property representative |
Hiya TinaSueWP! Jen from Cardrona here :) Brenero & Shannon are absolutely correct - our 2018 winter season runs from June 16 - October 14! We'll see you up here in a few months!!
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Swhite2012
4 June 2017|
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Response from Nadia E | Property representative |
Hi - as a rule children are usually separated into groups of those 4 years & under | 5 years & older. However there are ways we could accommodate having them stay together. Hiring a private instructor is a great option... More
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