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What's New for Summer 2017/18

There's a whole lot going on this summer at Cardrona... check out what's new for Summer 2017/18!

The McDougall's Chondola

This year is our first summer with the McDougall's Chondola! It will be running every day of the summer season to get everyone to the top of the mountain in style. It'll be the main access lift for mountain biking, mountain carting, sightseeing & walking/hiking. You can grab a single gondola ride lift pass to head to the top of the mountain, where you can access our elevated walking/hiking trails, or snap that perfect photo to make all your friends jealous... 

Cardrona - Gondola - Chondola - Skiing in New Zealand - learn to ski - learn to snowboard
Photo: Mark Clinton


All our mountain bike & walking trails have been given a spruce up by machine & hand over the past few weeks... things are looking in tip-top shape! We've also put together some new trails, including:

  • A new green trail, "Sweet As", from the top of McDougall's Chondola back down to Base
  • "Fool's Gold" – a handbuilt black trail down to Valley View (under construction, opening January!)
  • An extension to the "Dirt Star Downhill"
  • Rerouting "Arcadia" with a new option called "Farcadia"
  • A flow trail in the Base area
  • A kids bike track in the Base area

Food & Beverage

This summer we're upgrading our Base & Mezz cafés, so over the season The Lounge will be our main daytime food offering, with Noodle Bar open for dinner service from 6pm each evening. 

At the top of McDougall's Chondola, Vista Bar will be open 11am–3pm daily from December 26, selling a range of cold drinks & ice cream... one of the best views in the region for a cold one in the sun!

Fun & Games

The Lounge deck will have FREE giant games to play this summer, including Connect 4, Jenga, dominoes & quoits! Come on up the mountain & keep the whole family entertained as you soak up the spectacular views.


Stargazing this summer will run on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays all season long (weather dependent), with tour times varying based on light. Our astronomer/guide will tell you what you're looking at, & why it's so cool, in each 1.5hr tour! You can also add on a 3-course set menu dinner in the Noodle Bar before you head out.

stargazing cardrona kirsten walker stargazing new zealand
Photo: Kirsten Walker
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