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Getting Here, Transport & Parking

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

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 Wanaka, Queenstown & Arrowtown. Let us drive you – with regular daily buses from Queenstown, Wanaka, & Arrowtown, we can get you right to the front door & onto the snow faster!

Return bus from Queenstown to Cardrona


Buses From Queenstown

We offer a Cardrona bus service from Queenstown, 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) the night before!

Queenstown Bus Service Adult Child
Return Transport $40 $35
Return Transport & Lift Pass $150 $92
Transport add-on* $30 $30

 *can be added on to any lift pass or package at time of purchase

Return bus from Queenstown to Cardrona


Cardrona’s Wanaka Bus Service

The Wanaka bus service has a four pickup points around town – pick up all your gear & passes from Cardrona Corner (20 Helwick St) 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.

Wanaka Bus Service Adult Child
Return Transport $35 $30
Transport add-on* $30


 *can be added on to any lift pass or package at time of purchase

WANAKA private transfers

Hassle-free & environmentally conscious private transfers from your Wanaka accommodation to Cardrona.  We take care of the little things so you don't have to.  Contact our reservations team 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 & 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 & keep to the left to maintain 2-way traffic the whole way.

Both the Crown Range road & the Cardrona mountain road can be affected by snowfall, so it’s best to always carry chains & know how to use them. If you don’t have your own chains, you can hire them on the Cardrona mountain road. Our friendly chain crew can also fit your own chains for you if you don’t know how!


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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