Take a deep breath in the crisp mountain air, soak in the stunning scenery, feel the flow & take a break in New Zealand’s ultimate summer alpine playground. With activities for the mountain explorer to the hardcore downhiller, there’s something for everyone at Cardrona this season. So kia ora, welcome to Cardrona for Summer 2017/18.
There are lift-accessed mountain bike trails at Cardrona for first-time riders all the way through to seasoned downhillers. Lifts operate 10am-4pm daily (10am-8pm Fridays). We have a rental fleet of trail, full-suspension & downhill bikes in our rental locations in Queenstown & on the mountain. Helmets & knee pads are included with all rentals. Kids under 6yrs use lifts for free!
Cardrona’s Mountain Carts are the first of their kind in NZ. These three-wheeled, purpose-built carts are all you need to tackle the trails with no previous experience needed. Take a leisurely roll or race your mates on three wheels… for three times the fun! Bookings are strongly recommended. You’ll need to turn up at least 30 minutes before your booking time to be sized up for your equipment & be briefed on safety. Carting is subject to availability.
Experience the majesty of the Southern Alps by day or night at Cardrona. Explore many alpine hiking trails from the McDougall’s Chondola, get a new profile picture at the Skyline viewing platform, & join their astronomer for stargazing tours every Wednesday, Friday & Saturday night throughout the summer.
Stay on the mountain this summer at Cardrona’s Alpine Apartments. The apartments are your gateway to adventure, with the mountains literally on your doorstep. Put your feet up, spin a yarn about your day, & get ready to do it all tomorrow…
Visit Cardrona in the heart of the Southern Lakes district, just a 58km drive from Queenstown over the spectacular Crown Range. Take in the views from NZ’s highest alpine highway as you drive through an area rich in gold mining history. You’ll pass the iconic Cardrona Hotel before coming to the Mountain Road on your left.

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