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Cafés & Restaurants

Fill your tum with yummy grub - we have six distinctly different cafés and restaurants to satisfy every taste bud!

We are proudly 100% free-range in every one of our cafés and restaurants at Cardrona. As our mountain is landfill-free, all our outlets either use compostable packaging, or our food comes package free.

Please be mindful that our food and beverage outlets may look different this year. There may be different offerings in each outlet from one day to the next, depending on staffing levels, but everything will still be delicious! For our most up-to-date food and beverage-related information, check out our snow report

The Mezz

Location: Upstairs above Base Café.
Offering: À la carte breakfast, lunch, après and dinner.
Famous for: Eggs benedict, burgers and great daily specials.

The Mezz is the crème da la crème of Cardrona’s dining options! With breakfast, lunch, and dinner a la carte dining, amazing coffee and a fully-stocked bar for those après ski afternoons. The Mezz menu proudly uses locally-sourced ingredients for mouth-watering meals. Ask one of our friendly servers about today’s Mezz specials.

In Winter 2022, we have a slightly reduced menu, check it out here:

Click here to read the Mezz menu.

Captain's Pizzeria 

Location: Captain's Basin - ski in via Shaun's Way and Highway 89.
Offering: Italian lunch menu, snacks and cabinet food.
Famous for: Pizza!

Head out for an adventure to Captain's Basin and stop in at Captain's Pizzeria for lunch. This ski in / ski out eatery has some of the best views on the mountain, a fully-stocked bar, and world-famous-at-Cardrona pizza! It's been a Cardrona icon since it opened in 1986, and there’s still no better place to enjoy a spring afternoon in the sun than on the pizzeria's deck. 

The Lounge

Location: Base Area, right-hand side of the Archway as you're looking down from the top of the mountain.
Offering: Counter-style sweet and savoury snacks.
Famous for: Après cocktails on the slopeside deck.

The Lounge is the ultimate spot for a morning brew or an afternoon bevvy! With local wine, craft beer and spirits, delicious sweet and savoury treats, and an amazing view from the slopeside deck, you can't go wrong at The Lounge! 

Base Café

Location: Downstairs in the Main Base Building.
Offering: Self-service, freshly made convenience food. Base Café is your one stop shop for food on the slopes!
Famous for: Daily changing Mountain Meals that keep you going. 

With plenty of sweet things to keep your energy levels up, and a wide array of fresh cabinet food, Base Café is a great stop to fill up on the go. Fill up with an award-winning Wanaka Bakery pie, or a home-made sandwich. Base Café is also the home of our Courtyard dining – pull up a picnic table, have a cold drink & a hot meal in the sun!


Base Bar

Location: Downstairs in the Main Base Building - next to Base Café!
Offering: Allpress coffee and a selection of tea, beer, cider, and wine, breakfast bagels, poke bowls, smoothies, smoothie bowls, paninis, and heaps of vegan and gluten-free treats. 
Famous for: The delicious healthy options.

With a load of yummy, healthy options to have in, or on the go, the brand spanking new Base Bar has something for everyone. Grab a salmon breakfast bagel in the morning and sit down for a poke bowl and a beer for lunch.  

Vista Bar

Location: Top of McDougall's Chondola.
Offering: Champagne, craft beer, coffee and snacks. 
Famous for: Mumm on the beanbag.

At the top of McDougall's Express Chondola is the Vista Bar! Grab a cheeky glass of Mumm champagne, pull up a beanbag and watch the world go by! Take a photo with the Wakatipu Basin as your backdrop on the old Captain's swing chair. Whether you're skiing, snowboarding, or just checking out the view, Vista Bar is your spot for a little bit of indulgence at the top of the mountain!

Après Bar & Restaurant

Location: 50 Cardrona Valley Road, Wānaka
Offering: Champagne, craft beer, coffee, snacks and meals 
Famous for: The woodfired pizzas.

All new for Cardrona and Treble Cone is Après, both a bar and restaurant, nestled in Wānaka. Come in and pick up your rental gear, grab a woodfired pizza and sit by our cosy fireplace with a drink. Après is the perfect place before or after your trip up the mountain.

Learn more about Après here.

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