The Cardrona Gold Pass

After an EPIC 2015 winter season, we are very excited to launch a new product for 2015/2016 – the Cardrona Gold Pass!

Cardrona Gold Pass ImageFrom December 27th 2015, Cardrona is open for lift access in all four seasons – with mountain biking, hiking and more during summer and into autumn, and winter/spring skiing and snowboarding. So, we decided it was time to create a pass that fits – an unlimited, year round pass for ALL our 2016 operations!

Cardrona is open from December 27th 2015 to 3rd of April 2016. In February and March, the park will run Fridays through Sundays. The Cardrona 2016 winter season will run from 11th June – 9th October 2016. This means ONE pass for every kind of fun on the mountain, and it’s loaded with pass holder benefits!

Every pass holder will receive a FREE Real Journeys Real Rewards card ($125 value), which includes TSS Earnslawunlimited free travel on the TSS Earnslaw, discounted Walter Peak activities and meals, and up to 50% off other Real Journeys activities including Milford and Doubtful Sound cruises, Te Anau Glowworm Caves and Stewart Island Experience Activities. Card holders will also receive a 20% discount for their accompanying guests on eligible products, an added bonus for when your friends and family ask you to play tour guide!

Cardrona Gold Pass holders will also receive 21 free days skiing or snowboarding across three of Colorado’s premier resorts; Copper Mountain, Steamboat and Winter Park Resort, as part of Cardrona’s addition to the Rocky Mountain Super Pass+. That’s right – as a Cardrona season pass holder you can now keep chasing winter too! This deal is also offered to our current 2015 winter season Cardrona NZ skier imagepass holders.

As well as those huge benefits, Cardrona Gold Pass holders will also be eligible for $4 coffees all year at any of our cafes, and a 10% discount at our Cardrona shop. Similar to this season’s Flexi Pass holders, you will also receive discounts on a range of activities at local businesses in Queenstown and Wanaka!

With a huge amounts of benefits and the prospect of being up the mountain in all four seasons, make sure you’re one of the first in the country to score the Cardrona Gold Pass! We can’t wait to see you up here and share your EPIC mountain experiences with you!

Cardrona Gold Pass

  • Summer Operations 27th December 2015 – 3rd April 2016 (In Feb/March Cardrona will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only).
  • Winter Operations 11th June – 9th October 2016


2015/16 Gold Pass Pricing


The Cardrona Gold Pass is on sale from October 11th – December 24th 2015, so get in quick to get your hands on year round mountain adventure! To purchase, visit our online shop.

Closing Weekend 2015

Winter 2015 will go down in history as being the longest and the snowiest in many a year! Not only did we open with EPIC snow conditions and base, we opened a week earlier than usual. Just one week into the season, on the 19th of June, we experienced ‘Big Friday’ with over a metre of fresh powder. And the snow kept coming throughout the season – over three metres in total!

The season has been full of incredible events highlights – from hosting The North Face Freeski Open of NZ, to showcasing freestyle skiing and snowboarding on a world stage at the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ, and just this week seeing our up and comers shine at the Cardrona NZ Junior Ski and Snowboard Nationals! We’ve had a fantastic season on the slopes and in the Cardrona Parks, and we can’t wait to celebrate with one last weekend of fun!

With the amazing snow coverage, spring conditions have been superb and it seems like this season could just go on for ever! But sadly, all good things must come to an end and on Sunday, 11th of October we are sending off this longest-ever season. Come and celebrate Closing Day with us – we’re having a HUGE party!

It's Over, Cardrona 2014

To celebrate the end of this amazing winter, we are offering ½ price lift tickets for anyone with a 2015 Season Pass from any other New Zealand mountain. The offer is valid for all of Closing Weekend! Just show your season pass to ticketing staff to claim this offer.

Put your best dress-ups on and stroll the catwalk for ‘Fashion in the Field’. LOADS of prizes are up for grabs, including prizes for the best individual and team outfits. Live music will be pumping all of Closing Weekend and it will be FUN guaranteed!

So get dressed up and get ready for an EPIC closing weekend at Cardrona, and let’s see off Winter 2015 with a bang!



Junior Nationals NZ Only 10 Days Away

The Cardrona NZ Junior Ski and Snowboard National Championships are fast approaching – there are only 10 days to go until the premier event on the Junior snow sports calendar!

Junior Nationals Winner, Nico Porteous

Junior Nationals Winner Nico Porteous. Pic: Antony Hansen

The top New Zealand young skiers and snowboarders will descend on Cardrona from the 5th – 10th of October for the chance to claim a national title. With events including ski/snowboard cross, giant slalom, halfpipe, slopestyle and big mountain, the 2015 Junior Nationals are sure to put the spotlight on the growing junior ski and snowboard community.

As in previous years, the junior athletes will be awarded podium places for each individual event, and the overall top male and female skiers and snowboarders for each age group across all events will be awarded the national titles.

New for this year are the National Schools Championship and the Open Slopestyle events. This year athletes will be put into age divisions based on school year, and schools vying for the Championship will need their athletes to compete in every ski or snowboard discipline. An extra day of competition will include a U18 Open Slopestyle in Big Bucks Park plus a U14 Open Slopestyle in Antlers Alley. Both of these events will count towards the school and the individual overall prizes.

We can’t wait to host the country’s best young skiers and snowboarders! It’s sure to be an exciting week of fun and progression, so make sure you head up to Cardrona to catch all the action!


Monday 5th October: Ski Giant Slalom | Smith Skier-cross | Bonfire Snowboard Slopestyle

Tuesday 6th October: Smith Boarder-cross | SB Giant Slalom | Salomon Ski Slopestyle

Wednesday 7th October: Salomon Ski Halfpipe | K2 Snowboard Freeride

Thursday 8th October: Bonfire Snowboard Halfpipe | K2 Ski Freeride

Friday 9th October: U18 Big Bucks Slopestyle Open | U14 Antlers Alley Slopestyle Open

Saturday 10th October: Postponement/weather day| Prize giving


5:45am Event update, fax, e-mail and internet reports

6:45am Live radio reports on 92.2 Wanaka FM

7:30am Officials & staff meet, upstairs training & media room

8:00am  Lifts open for competitors, marshals and staff on course.

8:30/9:00am Courses open for competitor inspection

9:15am Competitor briefing top of course

9:30am Start of competition and or training

3:30pm Results and Awards Presentation (Cardrona courtyard)

4:00pm Saturday 10th October – Overall Prize Giving Wanaka Event Centre

More Information

For registration and more information, head to Snow Sports NZ

Changes to the 2015 NZ Junior Nationals

View this event at Cardrona Events 

New Wanaka Town Office!

After many years tucked in next to New World on Dunmore Street, the Wanaka town office has moved! Although we haven’t moved far – we’re just across the road!

The Cardrona town office is now located on the corner of Helwick and Dunmore streets, opposite Paper Plus, at 20 Helwick Street. You can’t miss us – we’ve taken over what we now call the “Cardrona Corner” and we’re nestled under the big town centre clock (just like our famous clock tower up the mountain!).

The new town office is open now – our little elves moved everything important across overnight last week to make sure we are still in town for all your pre-mountain needs and information sharing! Just like the old town office, you can buy lift passes, rental equipment, lesson packages and your Cardrona souvenirs all before you drive up the mountain road. The only thing that’s changed is that we have a whole lot more room in there!

The office is still a work in progress, but here’s what it looks like so far:

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Retro Day at Cardrona this Sunday!

Things are about to get a whole lot groovier up at Cardrona this Sunday!Skiers dressed in retro ski suits at Cardrona

On Sunday, the annual Cardrona Retro Day will see staff members all over the mountain turning back the clock to when ski gear was tighter and brighter, video was killing the radio star and the skier vs snowboarder war was just beginning. Keep an eye out for staff members rocking skinny skis, bright headbands and ski pants with suspenders!

While you’re at it, why not join them? Get out your dad’s old ski gear, your mum’s old skis and grab your boom box for a day of retro fun! With blue skies forecast for the whole weekend, it’s an opportunity to get those guns out and shred the gnar with your radical friends! It’s a day of fun and nostalgia that we can’t wait to be a part of!

Sunday is going to be a day to get out your camera – not just for Retro Day, but also for Pengi and Frosty’s birthday bash! The day is sure to be a hit as always with a smorgasbord of fun activities including:

– hula hooping

– stilt walking

– face painting

– lolly scrambles and much, much more!

There will also be heaps of birthday cake and free giveaways along with our famous NZ kids Pengi and Frosty birthday longest ski train!! The fun kicks off at 10am in the base courtyard.

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Sunday is a day for the whole family, so bring the kids up for the party and dust off your finest retro threads for an epic day in the sun at Cardrona!

3rd Annual Minipipe World Champs

Last Saturday the 3rd annual Snowboard Minipipe World Champs went down in the Cardrona International 12ft halfpipe! A huge turnout of over 100 snowboarders of all ages came from around the country for a day that became a highlight of the 2015 snowboarding events calendar.

The event was a jam format, free to enter competition hosted by Airtime, New Zealand’s action sports network. From 11am till 2pm snowboarders, ranging from 7 years old to “old enough to know better”, tore apart the course that consisted of the pipe, a quarter bowl at the end, and a couple of jib features thrown in for good measure.


Zephyr Lovelock at the 2015 Minipipe World Champs. Photo: Karen Melville Ives.

Prizes were dished out for Best Method, Biggest Air, Best Retro Board and more. A very tight pair of bike shorts won HPC athlete Toby Murray best dressed on a day he wished he’d dressed warmer! Other stand out costumes included a giant chicken suit, a minion onesie and a pizza delivery guy.

Mitch Brown holds up his snowboard at Airtime Snowboard Minipipe World Champs

The victorious Mitch Brown. Photo: Iona Fulton

There were only two rules: no skiers, and no rules! The first rule led to some Cardrona regulars swapping codes for the day – including Cardrona ambassador Jossi Wells and Oompa Loompa for a day, Nico Porteous. Our skiing mascot Pengi and mini ski rebel Fin Melville Ives infiltrated the course on behalf of skiers everywhere!

Top honours in the Grommets category went to Tiarn Collins and Briar Hight, while local legend Aaron Jamieson took out the Masters age group. Mammoth shredder Danielle Broderick took top spot in the best field of Open Women the event has seen yet!

Cardrona HPC coaches Mitch Brown and Julianne Bray reclaimed their Minipipe World titles, Mitch in the Open Men’s and Julianne in the Masters Women’s. Mitch remains undefeated in Minipipe World Champs history – taking out the win in every event so far in an epic three-peat!

A big thanks to the Airtime crew for putting on a “100% fun” competition which is sure to become a staple of every New Zealand winter for years to come. Bring on the fourth annual Snowboard Minipipe World Champs at Cardrona in 2016 – we can’t wait!

2015 Airtime MIniPipe World Champs from Airtime TV on Vimeo.

Last minute apartment deals at Cardrona, September 26-27th

Last minute deal: 40% off our 3 bedroom on-mountain apartments, September 26-27th!!*

Cardrona NZ on-mountain apartments

For the first weekend of October school holidays we have this exceptional 40% OFF last minute deal available. Must book both nights – Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September.

3 bedroom loft apartment at $335/night, sleeps up to 8 people

Only a couple of minutes walk from the lifts, Cardrona’s on-mountain accommodation is the highest hotel in New Zealand. We’re arguably in the middle of the best snow season ever so don’t miss out, take advantage of these great accommodation specials.

*this deal is only for nights of Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of September for our loft apartments, subject to availability. Must book two nights. Email to book, mention ‘last minute deal’.


Cardrona Instructors at Interski 2015

Three Cardrona Snow School instructors made their mark on international snow sports instruction last week, as part of the New Zealand team at Interski 2015 – an international congress of ski and snowboard instructors.

Cardrona instructors Ben Darlow (ski), Keith Stubbs and Sam Smith (snowboard) represented New Zealand at the Interski Congress in Argentina last week. This was the first time in the event’s history that it has been held in the Southern Hemisphere. Running every four years, Interski is like the Olympics for ski and snowboard instructors!

The boys went through an intense selection process to make the NZ team, which ran over a few days. Each applicant gave a presentation in front of the NZSIA (ski) and SBINZ (snowboard) selectors, and the team was selected after a full-on test of their individual ski and snowboard skills. New Zealand took six snowboarders, eight skiers and two telemarkers to Ushuaia for the congress.

Interski SBINZ

The SBINZ Interski Team on their first training day at Cardrona. Image: SBINZ

The week-long congress at Cerro Castor ski resort was firstly an opportunity to get the world’s best ski and snowboard instructors together to discuss key issues facing instructors, discuss current teaching models and take all that they had learnt back to their home countries. The Kiwi boys attended a series of on-snow workshops and indoor lectures where different countries highlighted teaching methods that their country was focusing on. Our snowboarders ran workshops on “Versatility” and “Safety-Fun-Achievement”, and the skiers had the immense honour of being invited to the Canadian team’s video session after the New Zealanders’ on-slope demo.

New Zealand wasn’t the only country represented by Cardrona instructors – we had 5 ski and snowboard instructors representing Finland, Czech Republic and Denmark! In total that’s 8 instructors from Cardrona at the top of their fields, and we couldn’t be prouder.

We are stoked to have these incredible instructors, who are representing New Zealand and their home countries on a world scale, on our Ski and Snowboard School team at Cardrona. Congratulations to the whole team – we can’t wait to hear about everything you’ve learnt!


The promotional video the NZ team showed before their indoor presentations – New Zealand from NZSIA Ski on Vimeo.

For more info on the NZ team at Interski, check out NZSIA’s Interski updates.

Save this Spring with our Snowsports Specials!

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From first timers to seasoned snow chasers, kids to seniors, our Cardrona Snowsports School has the perfect lesson for you.

Cardrona is open for the entire October School Holidays this season so there’s still plenty of time to enjoy some memorable days up the mountain! Jump on these super spring discounts and finish your season stoked!

  • Get the kids tearing up the spring snow with our amazing two for one deal on Skiwees, Lowriders and Ride Tribe during the two weeks of the October School Holidays! Get the kids shredding on either weeks starting September 28th and October 5th!
  • Grab a $30 Adult or Child Group Lesson at 2pm on any day until the end of the season.Email to book your lesson now or come and visit us up the mountain!
    Finish the 2015 season on a high…learn something new to hit the ground running next season!

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2015 Minipipe World Champs

The 3rd annual Minipipe World Snowboard Champs are on next Saturday the 19th of September at Cardrona! New Zealand’s most fun snowboard competition is headed to the Cardrona 12ft International Halfpipe, attracting snowboarders of all ages and levels.

Hosted by Airtime, New Zealand’s home of Action Sports, the Minipipe World Champs is a competition celebrating Kiwi snowboarding, as well as throwing back to the past with some sweet retro gear and old school tricks.

The competition is FREE for all competitors and is completely focused on FUN. Prizes are awarded for a range of competitions, from “Biggest Air” to “Best Method”, to “Best Dressed” and “Best Retro Board”.

So far prizes include return flights anywhere in NZ from Grabaseat for “Biggest Air”, and a 2016 Burton snowboard for “Best Method”. So get out your retro gears, work on your method and head over to the Wells platter for a rad day in the Minipipe!


Rider: Campbell Melville Ives

Event Info:

Rider Registration 10-11am

Competition starts at 11am


Prizes awarded for:

– Biggest Air

– Best Method

– Best Handplant

– Best Dressed

– Best Retro Board

– Best Trick

– Highest Ollie