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Cafés & Restaurants

Fill your tum with yummy grub – we have eight distinctly different cafés & restaurants to satisfy every taste bud!

We are proudly 100% free-range in every one of our eight cafés & restaurants at Cardrona.

Captain's Pizzeria

Location: Captain’s Basin, to the left of the bottom of Highway 89/A Real Journey

Offering: Famous pizza, Italian-style menu & delicious cabinet food & drinks

Captain’s Pizzeria is our home away from home in Captain’s Basin – ski here on-piste from the Main Basin via A Real Journey to try the famous pizza & other scrumptious menu items. It has been a Cardrona icon since it opened in 1986, & there’s still no better place to enjoy a spring afternoon in the sun than on the Captain’s Pizzeria deck! It's also the best spot on the mountain for a great brew, with local beer & cider on tap, including our collabs with Altitude Breweries & Zeffer Ciders. Try them with the scrummy tiramisu for an afternoon après session.

Base Café

Location: Downstairs in the Main Base Building

Offering: Self-service, freshly-made convenience food. Base Café is your 1-stop shop for food on the run!

NEWLY REFURB'D FOR 2018! With plenty of sweet things to keep your energy levels up & 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. Check out our famous Mountain Meals– a reasonably-priced meal that changes daily. Base Café is the home of our Courtyard dining – pull up a picnic table, have a cold drink & a hot meal in the sun!

The Mezz

Location: Upstairs from Base Café

Offering: Alpine dining – table service, restaurant-style

NEWLY REFURB'D FOR 2018, The Mezz is the crème da la crème of Cardrona’s dining options! Mezz has breakfast, lunch & dinner a la carte dining, amazing coffee & 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.


Location: Downstairs in the Main Base Building, in the corner beside the retail shop

Offering: Allpress coffee, selection of teas, beer & giant pretzels!

Juice & Java is our on-mountain brew bar & is the ultimate stop to quench your thirst, no matter what time of day! Grab your fresh pastries, locally brewed beer or mulled ginger bear by Crimson Badger Brewing ordered straight from the main base café tills!

Noodle Bar

Location: Top floor of the Snow Sports HQ, ski in from Skyline Ridge

Offering: Asian-inspired noodles & sushi

Noodle Bar is the place to be if you have a hankering for Asian-inspired food. With a wide range of noodle dishes cooked right in front of your eyes, as well as freshly-made sushi, there’s something at Noodle Bar for every hungry tummy! Ski in from Skyline Ridge for an amazing slope-side dining experience. Noodle Bar has the best views of the Beginners’ Area, & with its latest refurb is also the hub for our Conferences & Venue Hire.

Pro tip: Noodle Bar is worth the trek up the stairs for your morning coffee, with much shorter waits than the other cafés. While you’re up there, try our new breakfast waffles!

Little Meg Café

Location: Bottom of Valley View Quad, beside the Valley View carpark

Offering: Snacks & coffee on the go

At the bottom of Valley View Quad is the Little Meg Café – perfect for a snack on the go. If you have your lift pass already, park at the bottom of Valley View, grab a coffee from Little Meg & get on the lifts before anyone else! It’s the perfect spot to get your early morning caffeine fix. Throughout the day, cruise down to Little Meg for some great tunes, fresh coffee, & cold locally-brewed beer at Cardrona’s golden nugget of a café!

Vista Bar

Location: Top of McDougall's Chondola

Offering: Mumm champagne, craft beer, coffee & snacks

At the top of McDougall's Express Chondola is the brand new Vista Bar! Grab a cheeky glass of Mumm champagne, pull up a beanbag & 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 up to check out the view, Vista Bar is your spot for a little bit of indulgence at the top of the mountain!

The Lounge

Location: Base Area, right-hand side of the Archway as you're looking down from the top of the mountain.

Offering: Full Real Journeys wine list, craft beer, coffee & deli-style bites

The old Kids' Club has been transformed into the Lounge – a sophisticated slopeside bar & aprés. Sit on the slopeside deck in the sun & have a quiet one with your mates, ski in for coffee at the slopeside window, or send a few emails from the mezzanine floor – the Lounge is the ultimate spot to catch up & get some refreshments.


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