Ski and Snowboard in Cardrona in NZ
New Zealand has many great ski and snowboard resorts and Cardrona is definitely in the top three. Located on the South Island in the Cardrona Valley road which runs between Queenstown and Wanaka. It is 58 kilometers from Queenstown or about one hours drive and 34 kilometers from Wanaka or 35 minutes driving time. Shuttle services operate to the resort for those who do not wish to drive themselves. The road is excellent by alpine standards, and as you would expect, the views are sensational. Cardrona is located further into the mountains than the other local ski resorts like Coronet peak and this means more reliable snow cover. The average annual snow cover at Cardrona is 2.7 meters. The skiable area covers some 320 hectares, has a vertical drop of 390 meters and is serviced by three quad chairs with a lifting capacity of 7800 people per hour. (Provided the learners don't fall off)
The base facilities at Cardrona are second to none. There is a huge restaurant and café area for that quick recharge you need during your day of skiing or snowboarding. Full equipment rental services are available as well as repair services. There is a medical center and a registered doctor is available at all times. The resort runs a complete kids area with a nursery and kids club. Apart from the base restaurant, there are another four on the mountain so you don't have to return to base every time you need something.
The mountain is well prepared for the intermediate and advanced skier as well as the beginner. 25% of the slopes are beginner standard, 55% intermediate and 20% advanced. There are fantastic terrain parks including four half pipes, rails and features. Cardrona is one of the only ski resorts in New Zealand that has some on snow accommodation. There are studio apartments, two bedroom apartments and three bedroom apartments available. They are extremely limited in number and often booked out from year to year so booking early is the only answer. Wanaka accommodation is located close to Cardrona and Queenstown accommodation is also very popular.
If you are planning a snowboarding or ski holiday into New Zealand, then you must spend some time at Cardrona.