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Why ski Cardrona?

Discover Cardrona, New Zealand's favourite ski resort. Nestled in the heart of the Southern Alps between Queenstown & Wanaka.

Here at Cardrona, everyone’s a VIP – whether you’re a first-time skier or snowboarder, here on a Queenstown ski holiday with your family, or if you’re training for the Olympics or the X Games! No matter who you are, you’ll be welcomed here with genuine Kiwi hospitality. You’ll soon find that our place becomes your place – your mountain, part of our ever-growing Cardrona whanau.

Cardrona sits conveniently between Queenstown & Wanaka in the heart of the Southern Alps, with breath-taking, Instagram-worthy views from all around the mountain.

With an extended winter season, now closing on October 21, there are even more reasons to visit Cardrona in Spring! We've decided to keep the McDougall's Chondola & the Learner Conveyors open for an extra week so everyone can fit in their snow fix...

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Why visit Cardrona in Spring?

September & October are two of the best months to visit Queenstown & Wanaka. Up here at Cardrona we have some of our best snow conditions in Spring – some of our biggest snow falls coupled with soft spring snow makes for epic skiing & snowboarding! Shhhh... not many people know how amazing Spring is, so there aren't as many people on the mountain – that means short lift queues, plenty of room in the cafés, & quiet group lessons!

Spring is a shoulder season in the Southern Lakes region, making it the best time to visit as a family, with soft snow, sunny skies, short queues, smaller lesson groups, & your pick of the region's activities & accommodation!

We've got some of our biggest events of the year in September & October, including the second half of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ, the Jossi Wells Invitational, & the Fun Never Stops. Spring also brings some of the best ski pass deals – you can catch all the action & join in the warm weather fun with our Spring Ski Pass deals on sale now!

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Terrain & Snow

Cardrona has three wide, open basins with some of New Zealand’s most progressive terrain – every member of the family will have a favourite trail up here! We’re sitting high; our altitude makes for some of NZ’s best snow conditions, & we look after it with an innovative snowmaking & snow management system. This makes for one of the country’s most reliable seasons – you can book your NZ ski holiday to Cardrona with confidence!


Learning to ski & snowboard

Learning to ski or snowboard is made easy at Cardrona, with:

  • New Zealand’s only gondola cabin-style lift on a ski area, the McDougall’s Express Chondola, to make the next step easy for the whole family.
  • A dedicated Beginners’ Area with two conveyor lifts, one of them with a see-through “gallery” tunnel to keep you dry & warm!
  • A spot for Under 5s to learn with their very own Kindy Conveyor.
  • Wide, open green trails – room to learn!
  • We’re pretty biased, but we reckon our Snow Sports School instructors are the coolest…
  • Private & group lessons for all ages & levels.
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Here at Cardrona, we’re passionate about passing on our love for our maunga to the next generation, so we’ve got programmes, lessons & facilities for our littlest snow addicts here.

We know that if your kids are happy, you’re happy. You can drop the teeny tots (3months-5yrs) off at Ski Kindy, or the older kids (5-14yrs) at Kids’ Club for the day – we look after them, teach them to ski or snowboard, even feed them(!), so you can ski stoked in the knowledge that they’re sorted.

Our dedicated kids’ Snow Sports School instructors are all about helping your kids to have that “I did it!” moment. There’s nothing better than that grin… they’re hooked!

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Terrain Parks

If shredding the Southern Hemisphere’s most extensive terrain park & halfpipe facilities is more your jam, then you’re gonna have a blast at Cardrona. We’ve got four terrain parks for every level, two halfpipes (including NZ’s only Olympic 22ft Superpipe), a gravity-X course & a world-renowned big air jump.

We know leaving the ground isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s pretty cool to see NZ & the world’s best skiers & snowboarders throwing down as you ride up the McDougall’s Chondola or Whitestar Express – you may even end up on the lift with your heroes!


There is so much to explore at Cardrona on your winter holiday, & we’ve got all the facilities you need to make your time on the slopes sweeter:

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We can’t wait to see you at Cardrona this winter – we know that you’re going to leave with a smile, ready to do it all again soon!

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