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Getting Here, Transport & Parking

How to get to Cardrona from Queenstown & Wānaka – all your winter transport options here... 

Bus from Queenstown Bus from Wanaka | Driving & Free Shuttles

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 Wānaka, Queenstown & Arrowtown. Our aim is to reduce emissions so we encourage carpooling, or even better, let us drive you – with regular daily buses from Queenstown & Wānaka we can get you right to the front door & onto the snow faster!

Return bus from Queenstown


Buses From Queenstown

We offer two bus services to Cardrona from Queenstown (an early and an Après bus) with heaps of pickup points throughout town to get you up the mountain. You can pick up passes & rental gear from Cardrona Queenstown (37 Camp St) and head straight to the lifts when you arrive on the mountain!

Queenstown Bus Service* Adult Child
Return Transport $40 $35

*Queenstown bus services runs all season, June - October.

Please book at least 48 hours in advance to confirm. Seats are subject to availability.

Queenstown - Cardrona Bus Stops (Early Bus)

 Queenstown - Cardrona Bus Stops (Après Bus)

If you’re after a sleep-in, check out our Après Bus option. This gives guests the ability to have a later start, and to stay up the mountain to catch Après.

Return bus from Queenstown

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Cardrona’s Wānaka Bus Service

The Wanaka bus service has a four pickup points around town – pick up all your gear & passes from Cardrona x Treble Cone Wānaka (50 Cardrona Valley Road) the day before so you can get off the bus & go straight to the lifts! Please check the timetable below the map for departure information.

Wānaka Bus Service Adult Child
Return Transport $40 $35

Wanaka bus service runs from June - September 2023. 

Please book at least 48 hours in advance to ensure availability.

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Wānaka private transfers

Let Yello! help you with your private transfers from Wānaka and Queenstown for the day to Cardrona and Treble Cone. With apartment and airport transfers also available, make your stay stress-free and book your Yello! transfers here. BOOK NOW

Wanaka Transfers. Transfer yourselves and your gear easily with Wanaka Transfers.   BOOK NOW

Wanaka Ski Concierge. Hassle-free private transfers from your Wānaka accommodation to Cardrona since 2008. We take care of the little things so you don't have to.  BOOK NOW

Driving to Cardrona

Cardrona is just a short hop over the Crown Range from Queenstown Airport, so it’s super easy to pick up your rental car and drive straight here!

Cardrona is located in a high alpine environment, with weather that can change quickly. We are located at the top of a 14km long, unsealed access road, so please take care and keep to the left to maintain 2-way traffic the whole way.

Both the Crown Range road and the Cardrona mountain road can be affected by snowfall, so it’s best to always carry chains and know how to use them. 

If you don't want to drive the whole way up the mountain road, we offer free mountain shuttles from the Pine Trees carpark, located at the 1km mark on the access road.

Free Shuttle Timetable - October


0830, 0900, 0930, 1030


1430, 1530, 1600, 1615


Cardrona is an easy drive from NZ’s most famous resort towns – Queenstown & Wanaka. These 2 lakeside destinations are surrounded by breath-taking alpine scenery & offer a dizzying array of activities, sights & sounds. If you’re looking for the ultimate holiday destination, this is it!

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

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