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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 shuttles from Queenstown, Wanaka, Arrowtown & Cromwell we can get you right to the front door & onto the snow faster!


Cardrona is an easy drive or bus ride 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 Times:
Wanaka 34km / 35mins
Queenstown 58km / 60mins
Arrowtown 37km / 45mins

Driving to Cardrona

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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!

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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. 

Mountain Transport from Queenstown, Wanaka, Arrowtown & Cromwell

Cardrona Alpine Resort Mountain transport

Cardrona’s Wanaka Bus Service

Look out for the big orange bus!! We offer a Cardrona bus service with pickups at a couple of Wanaka hotels & Cardrona Corner (20 Helwick Street, Wanaka) on the way up the mountain.

Scheduled pickup points to be confirmed for 2017.

Return bus will drop off at the same points, in reverse order. Tickets available from Cardrona Corner.

Wanaka Bus Service Adult Child
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Shuttle Buses from Queenstown

If you want to jump on a shuttle bus from Queenstown, Wanaka, Arrowtown or Cromwell, contact our friendly reservations team to book a spot with one of our partners.

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