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$12 - $35
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Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Cardrona Hotel, steeped in history, it was like walking into a magical rather large miners cottage. Candles everywhere, a beautiful setting. All the fires inside and out were roaring. We were seated by a deliciously enthusiastic Italian waiter. Food arrived very quickly, we all had...different varieties of fish, veg, followed by hot chocotates and ice cream round the fire. Delicious A visit to the Cardrona hotel is is like stepping back in time with a modern twist. A must when visiting the area.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a destination in itself. Excellent food - we had loaded wedges that were massive but slightly too much sour cream for us, and the popcorn chicken - both absolutely delicious, served promptly and fires going in every grate making this a fantastic place...to visit and stay. Plenty of cardrona memorabilia for sale in the cute gift shop next doorMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Been here before and it's always good. Very busy but we got a table and ordered at the bar. Service is good and we received meals in good time. A drink went down well as we'd been to the distillery down the road and needed...to remove the whiskey taste. Meals were good - quite noisy with a full house and more arriving every minute. Worth a stop, a meal and a drink.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is such a fantastic hotel. It is so interesting. There is so much to look at. We stayed the night and the room was just wonderful. After dinner we enjoyed a wine in a beautiful comfy lounge by the fire. A wonderful experience all...round. I highly recommend the Cardrona.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Cardrona pub on Easter Friday while attending Warbirds over Wanaka. Absolute archaic Easter trading laws staff demanded that we all as a group of 4 x Adults and 2 young children ea order a substantial meal to enable us to share a drink...while having lunch, We were then informed by over zealous staff we only had an hour to consume our drinks and if exceeded would have to order another meal each. This was nothing more than extortion, While being a regular visitor to this beautiful part of NZ we will not return to this establishment.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered our drinks and walked out to the beer garden which blew us away with there little glass houses everywhere, an old chair lift seat, a huge fireplace in the middle and a few historic buildings. If you’re ever driving between Queenstown and Wanaka...you have to stop here and check out one of New Zealand’s oldest pub.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this hotel and am so grateful that its historic feel has been preserved. If you meet a local there, you can count on a friendly chat. This is because, generally, people from this part of the country will happily converse with complete strangers....A few portraits on the walls have no captions although they appear to be significant. I would love to know who they are about. We stayed one night and had a superb serving of venison for dinner. The salsa verde with the broccoli side was so good; if licking plates were socially permissable.......! I hope the staff enjoy Cardrona Hotel as much as I do.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing gastropub with delicious food and wine. We stayed overnight at the hotel and had dinner here and loved both. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere was cosy. Highly recommend stopping here for a meal or staying the night.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed the gardens and room was nice and comfortable. nice atmosphere would stay again enjoyed the bar service was good staff where welcoming.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at the Cardrona Hotel for our first night of our 10 year anniversary roadtrip around NZ. After delays and cancellations with our flights, the staff at the Cardrona was so warm and accommodating. Letting us check in early and adding sweet touches to...make our stay memorable. The food, the garden and the atmosphere make the perfect haven for weary travelers. The location is also perfect since you’re so close to both Wanaka and Queenstown. Would highly recommend a stay at this hidden gem.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great hotel to stop for lunch or dinner. Beautiful surroundings full of history. Food and service was outstanding. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We first passed this place on a sunny Sunday on our way from Arrowtown to Wanaka. The parking lot was mobbed so we just drove by. The next morning, however, was rainy, so we drove from Wanaka back to Cadrona and had breakfast. it was...peaceful and quite, and room was filled with history, and the food was good. A very nice experience.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 18 March 2024

Stayed at the Cardrona Hotel in August 2023 for a ski holiday at Cardrona Ski Fields. never got to the fields as we had dinner at In restaurant Sunday night had the “Pasta Ragu about three hours later after eating it got the worst case...of food poisoning ever . Management showed no concern or empathy, had to visit doctors twice Ist itime early Monday morning and again Friday as still sick. Never visit or say at this place again.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 14 March 2024

Read about this historic hotel many times, however this was our first opportunity to stop in and it didn't disappoint. Had very generous pours of local wines and tried to share the huge plate of wedges but couldn't - too big. Atmosphere was magic and...the sense of history made it a very special visit.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 7 March 2024

I was pretty amazed by the obvious popularity of this place and it was still pumping well after the normal lunch hours. Given the size of the venue and how packed it was, I was a little afraid it would take ages to obtain our...meals and wondering about the standard of food too. I need not have worried as the meals came quickly and were great. This old country pub has a great vibe and well worth the travel time.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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tommomelbourne
23 June 2021|
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Response from CardronaHotel | Property representative |
Hi there, Thank you for your question - we are located 2.2km from the base of Cardrona Ski field (there is a bus from the base to the top of the mountain). To find transport from us to the ski field base it might be a good... More
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Cris S
1 September 2018|
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Response from CardronaHotel | Property representative |
Hi Cris, Yes we do. Please contact us on 03 443 8153 or via email if you wish to purchase. Or you can always pop in and do it in person. Regards, CH.
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21 June 2018|
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Hello, The restaurant is definitely open until 8:30pm in the evening, later if the restaurant is busy. I you feel that you may be late, it would be best to give us a call to let us know you are coming. Kind regards
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Cardrona Hotel is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5