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Cardrona Ski Resort Guide

Cardrona, New Zealand

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Cardrona Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift1,894m
Resort Height1,504m
 Nearest AirportsWanaka and Queenstown
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A youngish resort, established in 1981 but with alot of new building in 1995, locally famous for friendly staff, dry southern snow and terrain suited for all abilities. The slopes are South East facing to retain the snow well, important as there's little snow making.

Cardrona offers terrain suited to all ability levels and is famed for its wide open, undulating terrain that is perfect for beginners and intermediates, whilst the Arcadia and Tulips chutes offer extra challenge for more advanced riders. Trails are up to 1.5km (just under a mile) in length, the toughest being the Arcadia chutes. Uplift includes quads and magic carpets for beginners.

Cardrona is located in the Crown Range between Queenstown (57kms/60mins) and Wanaka (34kms/35mins) in the South Island of New Zealand.

Cardrona Summary

The New Zealand ski resort of Cardrona is at an altitude of 1,504m.

Cardrona has direct access to 23 marked pistes, served by a total of 7 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,504m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible.

Skiing in Cardrona

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Cardrona Snow Forecast

When will it snow in Cardrona?

The next notable snow forecast for Cardrona is 6cm, expected on 24 September, with around 92cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow Forecast by day for Cardrona

Ski Area Stats

Cardrona Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Cardrona
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Cardrona Altitudes

Cardrona Ski Area Height

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Cardrona
Highest Lift1,894m
Lowest Piste1,669m
Resort Altitude (Cardrona)1,504m
Max Vertical390m

Cardrona Rated

Ratings for Cardrona
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Cardrona Overview

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Arcadia Chutes'.

Snowboarding in Cardrona

Cardrona is home to New Zealand’s premier terrain parks, with up to four half pipes, a gravity cross and a range of beginner freestyle features.

Location and Map

Where is Cardrona?

Cardrona is in Queenstown Lakes, Otago, New Zealand.

Map of Cardrona

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How to get to Cardrona

 By Air

The nearest airports to Cardrona are Wanaka, Queenstown and Invercargill, all within three hours drive. Queenstown and Wanaka are just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The seven ski lifts of Cardrona are able to uplift 7,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Cardrona is able to make snow, with 1 snow cannons.

Cardrona Season Dates

When is Cardrona open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Cardrona.


Usual opening is Mid June, and usual closing is Early Oct.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Cardrona.

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Cardrona, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Cardrona Tourist Office for the latest.

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