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Getting to Cardrona

Drive to Cardrona from Queenstown or Wanaka, or sit back and let us do it for you with flexible shuttle options!

Getting to Cardrona is easy, no matter where you’re staying! Located in the heart of the Southern Alps, we’re a short drive from Wanaka, Queenstown and Arrowtown. Let us drive you with daily shuttles – we'll get you up our mountain road & onto the trails in no time!

All our shuttles have a bike trailer attached – please note that kids’ bikes (e.g. 24”, 20”) will not fit on the bike trailer, although they may be carried if space allows inside the van.

Choose one of the three transport options below or keep scrolling if you'd like to drive yourself!

Queenstown Shuttles

If you're heading to Cardrona from Queenstown, you can get a lift with us! Sit back and enjoy the view as you head over the Crown Range, through the iconic Cardrona Valley, and up our mountain road. Get the best deal when you package transport up with your mountain bike lift pass or a 2hr mountain carting session. All Queenstown shuttles are $50pp return and need to be booked in advance either online or with our Guest Services team.

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Queenstown to Cardrona Perfect for: Cardrona to Queenstown Back in Queenstown
8.15am 10am mountain carting session or half-day morning MTB lift pass  1.30pm 2.45pm
11.45am 2pm mountain carting session or half-day afternoon MTB lift pass  4.20pm 5.45pm
8.15am Full day MTB lift pass 4.20pm 5.45pm

Cardrona Valley Shuttles

This summer we’re offering shuttles from the Cardrona Valley to the top of the Cardrona mountain road. You can jump on a shuttle from the Toll Gate (bottom of the Cardrona mountain road) at 9.30am or 1.05pm for a day of hitting the trails or ride the Peak to Pub trail and catch a ride back up to Base at 1.00pm or 4.15pm. Return shuttles back to the bottom of the road are on request – if you're up biking for the day and you're an intermediate rider you can take the Peak to Pub down the mountain to end your day as well! Shuttles are $10 per person and must be booked in advance either online or through our Guest Services team by phone or email.

TGIF – Late Night Friday Shuttles

Want to finish your TGIF bike session with a couple of cold ones? Let us do the driving for you! Our TGIF shuttle leaves Cardrona Corner (20 Helwick St) every Friday night of the summer season at 5pm, and swings past the bottom of the Cardrona Mountain Road for a second pick-up at 5.20pm. This shuttle gives you a solid half-hour of socialising after lifts close at 8pm, with the return shuttle leaving the mountain at 8.30pm each Friday. The TGIF shuttle is $30pp return, and must be booked in advance online or through our Guest Services team.

Driving to Cardrona

Cardrona is just a short hop over the Crown Range from Queenstown Airport, which makes life easy if you need to pick up a rental car and drive straight here.

Turn off from the Cardrona Valley Road, across the highway from the Cardrona Distillery/Cardrona Bra Fence. We are located 12km up an unsealed alpine access road so please take your time and maintain two-way traffic at all times.


For summer, drive to the top of the Cardrona mountain road and park right beside our Base area. There’s plenty of parking up top – ask one of our friendly team if you’re not sure where to pull up your wagon!


Cardrona is a cruisy drive or bus ride from NZ’s most famous resort towns – Wanaka & Queenstown. These 2 destinations sit lakeside & are surrounded by amazing alpine scenery, offering an extensive array of activities & attractions. If you’re looking for the ultimate holiday destination, you've found it!

Drive Distances:
Wanaka – 34km
Queenstown  58km
Arrowtown – 37km

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