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!
|Chain Hire & Fitting
If you’re driving yourself & you’ve already picked up your rental gear (or you have your own), head to our offices in either Queenstown or Wanaka to suss your lift passes so you can park at the bottom of Valley View Quad. It saves 10mins driving time & the Little Meg Café is right there for your early morning caffeine hit! Please note that Valley View Quad is best for intermediate & above skiers & snowboarders – if you’re just learning, head right up to Base.
If you’re parking at the top of the Cardrona mountain road you’re most welcome to use our drop-off zone to drop the rest of the family & all your gear right at the front door – just let our awesome Carpark Crew know you’re heading up to use that zone. If you’re parked at one of our lower carparks we offer a free shuttle service to get you back up to the Base area.
Pine Trees Shuttle Service
Another option is our awesome Pine Trees Shuttle service – park 1km up the Cardrona mountain road & let us do the rest! We run regular shuttles from the Pine Trees carpark, check back here for availability closer to our winter season.