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Cardrona Alpine Resort - Mountain Carting

Cardrona Alpine Resort Mountain Carting

Cardrona Alpine Resort

Cardrona Alpine Resort Cafe

Cardrona Alpine Resort - Mountain Biking

Cardrona Alpine Resort Chairlift

Cardrona Alpine Resort Tubing

Cardrona Alpine Resort - amazing views

Cardrona Alpine Resort - Stargazing

Cardrona Alpine Resort - Mountain Carting

Cardrona Alpine Resort - Mountain Carting

Cardrona Alpine Resort - frisbee golf

Cardrona Alpine Resort - Adventure Playground

Sightseeing Gondola ~ Mountain Carting & Biking ~ Stargazing ~ Alpine Walking.

Take a day and come and play in New Zealand’s highest playground! Take the gondola to sight-see, start your walk or to hook your bike or cart on for yet another fast run down - then kick back in our restaurant 'The Lounge' and take in the views. Stay up late and join our stargazing tour. We seriously have something to keep every member of the family with a smile on their face at Cardrona this summer!  Open December 1, 2018 – March 31 2019

Note: Kids under 120cm can ride with you Mountain Carting (so everyone can go).

Gondola Rides
The McDougall’s Chondola (half chairlift / half gondola) means anyone can get to the top of the mountain! Whether you’re 2 or 92, you can take a gondola cabin to the top of Cardrona and take in the mountain views, breathe in the mountain air, take amazing photos or go for a walk around the mountain.
Price: $35 Adults, $25 Child, 5 years and under FREE

Mountain Carting
Experience Cardrona’s newest gravity-fuelled activity– mountain carting!  No prior experience is needed for this fun downhill activity, just a sense of adventure & a thirst for FUN! For the 2018/19 season we've got three mountain cart trails to choose from, the longest of which is over 3km & spans all the way out to Captain's Basin, & back to Whitestar Express. Ride the lift & get faster on every lap as you become more familiar with the course & our unique mountain carts!
*If your kids are shorter than 120cm, they can ride with you on a bigger cart! Our stable carts are designed for comfort, performance and safety and we have four sizes available.
Price: $100 for 2hours of action fun ($70 if you have a lift pass) 

Mountain Biking at Cardrona Bike Park
Enjoy lift-accessed downhill mountain bike trails for all abilities to enjoy! Lap the lifts daily from 10am to 4pm or Friday nights til 8pm. With beginner, intermediate and advanced trails, a FREE learner zone, flow tracks and even a bike school offering private lessons, you'll have plenty to explore all day!
Mountain bike rental, including kids' bikes, plus safety gear, all available at Cardrona Bike Park.
Prices: Half day lift pass* Adult $70, Child $40 (6- 17years), Under 5's FREE
            Day lift pass Adult $90, Child (6- 17years) $50, Under 5's FREE
            TGIF pass (Fridays 4–8pm) Adult $40, Child (6- 17years) $40, Under 5's FREE

Walking and Hiking
Walking & hiking at Cardrona lets you immerse yourself in a beautiful alpine environment above 1800m! Breathe the fresh alpine air & take in the stunning 360 degree views of the Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu & Lake Wanaka. You can choose between a gentle chairlift-assisted stroll from the top of the McDougall’s Chondola down to the Base area, or a more adventurous hike on our Captain’s Circuit alpine trails.

The Lounge
The Lounge is open all summer long for all your sunshine alpine dining needs! Cardrona will also be open for a full dinner service every night. Whether you’re here for a rip down the trails on your mountain bike, a relaxing day exploring the mountain on foot, or a blast on our mountain carts, there’s something to keep you going up at The Lounge this summer!On Friday nights we’re open till 8pm – make sure you check out our TGIF late night beer & barbecue

Stargazing Tours
Join us for a unique, breathtaking stargazing experience at Cardrona this summer. Nestled in the heart of the Southern Alps, the Cardrona Valley offers some of the best conditions on Earth for stargazing. Not only does it have a dark sky with minimal light pollution, but it’s far enough south to have a great vantage point to view the famous Southern Sky, & you may even see the Southern Lights! Stargazing at Cardrona runs Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays all summer (from Dec. 2, 2018 – April 2, 2019)
Price: $99, dinner options available

Summer Trail Map >>

Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.