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Cardrona Ski Resort Guide

Cardrona, New Zealand

Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift1,894m6,214ft
Resort Height1,504m4,934ft
 Nearest AirportsWanaka and Queenstown
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The New Zealand ski resort of Cardrona is at an altitude of 1,504m4,934ft.


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

The ski resort itself is at 1,504m4,934ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible.


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


Cardrona is highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Cardrona.

Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Arcadia Chutes'.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Cardrona?

The next notable snow forecast is 10cm4in, expected on 5 December, with around 20cm8in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Cardrona

Ski Area Stats

Cardrona Ski Area

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


Cardrona Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift1,894m6,214ft
Lowest Piste1,669m5,476ft
Resort Altitude (Cardrona)1,504m4,934ft
Max Vertical390m1,280ft

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Cardrona
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Location and Map

Where is Cardrona?

This ski resort is in Queenstown Lakes, Otago, New Zealand.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Cardrona is Wanaka, 28 minutes drive away.

Queenstown and Invercargill airports are 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 are able to uplift 7,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 1 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Cardrona open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

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

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

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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