Mountain Info

All the details you need to know about your day at Cardrona!

Winter 2022: June 11 – October 16, 2022
Earlybird Blackout Period: July 4 - July 22, 2022

Operating hours: 8.30am–4pm
Half day passes: 8.30am–12.30pm / 12.30pm–4pm

34 groomed trails

5 basins

4 terrain parks


Base Area Elevation: 1670m
Highest Lifted Point: 1860m
Vertical Rise: 600m

Terrain - 465 Hectares

25% Beginner
25% Intermediate
30% Advanced
20% Expert


Average Annual: 2.9m
Snowmaking supplements natural snow in the Main, Captain’s, Arcadia & Valley View basins.

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The Main Basin is home to all our Base Area facilities, including Guest Services, Rentals, 6 cafès and restaurants, retail shopping, our kids' centres and more.

As well as looking after our Learners, the Main Basin is home to New Zealand's best terrain parks and halfpipes.

10 trails

2 Beginner

4 intermediate

2 Advanced

2 Expert

6 lifts

4 terrain parks

2 beginner areas


Willow's is our newest skiable terrain and sits within Soho Basin, overlooking Whakatipu Waimāori Queenstown.

Willow's is made up of two big bowls, with undulating intermediate terrain. With only two groomed trails and 65ha to explore, it's an off-piste playground!

2 trails

2 Beginner

4 intermediate

2 Advanced

2 Expert

1 lift

Intermediate Terrain

65 hectares

Captain's BASIN

The sprawling bowl of Captain's is home to Cardrona's most accessible and most playful freeride terrain. Comprised of many rolling steep sections, linked by groomers, it is the perfect place to “hot-lap” with your mates at any time of the season.

11 trails

2 Beginner

4 intermediate

3 Advanced

2 Expert

1 lift

1 café

Wide, open terrain

Arcadia BASIN

Arcadia Basin and Arcadia Valley are an intermediate route that takes you through the towering Arcadia Chutes, connecting you down to the cruisy green Comeback Trail. From here you can continue down to Valley View or back to Whitestar.

9 trails

2 Beginner

2 intermediate

4 Advanced

1 Expert

Access to Captain's

Technical shutes


VAlley View BASIN

Valley View is our lowest lift and is home to some of our most challenging terrain! It's a locals' favourite - park at Valley View and skip the top 10 minutes of the drive. Just make sure you're an intermediate or better skier/snowboarder so you can ride back down!

NEW FOR 2022 - pick up your lift pass at Valley View with pass pick-up kiosks.

7 trails

0 Beginner

1 intermediate

2 Advanced

4 Expert

1 lift

Ski in/ski out carpark

Intermediate+ terrain

Cafés & restaurants

Fill your tum with yummy grub

Cardrona’s distinctly different on-mountain cafés and restaurants offer a wide variety of delicious food and drinks, with stunning mountain views!


Cardrona Shop

Check our our online retail store!

Pick up some Cardrona apparel, other merchandise and some really cool stuff online or in one of our stores.


Facilities and services

Find out more about our lifts!
Getting to Cardrona is easy, no matter where you’re staying!
Get your gear running smooooooth

McDougall's Express Chondola

Main Basin

10x8-seater gondola cabins, 40x6-seater chairs

Whitestar Express

Main Basin

4-seater express chair

Willow's Quad

Soho Basin

4-seater fixed grip chair

Conveyor Lifts

Main Basin

150m long SunKid Conveyor with ‘Gallery’ see-through tunnel

Mid-level Conveyor
Kindy Conveyor

Captain's Express

Captain's Basin

4-seater express chair

Wells Pipe Platter

Main Basin

Platter lift to service our 2 halfpipes & Big Air jump

Valley View Quad

Valley View

4-seater fixed grip chair


Getting to Cardrona is easy, no matter where you’re staying! Located in the heart of the Southern Alps, we’re a short drive from Wānaka, Queenstown & Arrowtown.

Let us drive you – with regular daily buses from Queenstown & Wānaka we can get you right to the front door & onto the snow faster!

Free mountain shuttles from the Pine Trees

Always carry chains and know how to use them

14km unsealed access road with 2-way traffic


Please book at least 24-48 hours in advance to ensure availability.
Please note that the transport departure time from Cardrona is 4.15pm








Wānaka BuS Service








You’ll always ski and ride better on finely tuned gear. The Cardrona Workshop is located at the southern end of the Rentals building and our experienced workshop gurus will have you sliding smoother and turning sharper in no time!

Bring your gear to us & pick from a wide variety of workshop options, from a range of gear services, to full ski & snowboard repairs. Tony and his crew can check your kit out & advise you on what’s best for your skis or board.

The team offer a full workshop experience – pop in and see them to find out about how they can sort your gear and for the full price list.





Performance TUNE


Talk to Tony & the team for a quote for your snowboard or ski repair.


  • Improves longevity of your equipment – make it last!!
  • Makes skiing & riding that much more fun – you want to keep up, don’t ya?
  • Less likely to be caught on flat spots – you don’t have to skate if you don’t want to
  • Can be the difference between hitting the knuckle or the sweet spot in the parks – stay safe
  • Improves safety by increasing your ability to hold an edge in all conditions – work that traverse!
Looking after you on the mountain!
medical facilities
ski equipment
Secure spots to store your gear
ski equipment storage
Our options for adaptive guests
Medical facilities

At Cardrona there is a doctor, nurse, physiotherapist and ski patrollers on duty from 8.30am – 4.30pm every day.
We provide emergency care and medical treatment for all guests & staff, and can arrange referral to other medical facilities for further treatment if required. Ski Patrol monitor on-slope safety constantly and can be approached for assistance at any time.
There are first aid kits throughout the resort
and 2 Automated External Defibrillators. Overnight, there is a manager to assist with emergency health problems for apartments guests. We do not have x-ray facilities on-site.
Anyone receiving treatment will be subject to a surcharge, which is payable on the day.

Emergency Contact

+64 3 443 1576

Right hand corner of the main Courtyard and at the top of Whitestar Express & Captain's Express

8.30am - 4.30pm every day

Doctor, nurse and ski patrollers

SKI Equipment Storage

Locker Hire
You can hire double or family- sized ski lockers either online or on the day with your RFID MyCard. Single-day double & 4-person ski locker rental also includes overnight storage.

Day-long, overnight (12pm to 11am), 5-day or season-long options

Lockers are ski sized

Equipped with boot dryers

Short-Term Storage
If you’re just here for a single day and want to stow a few small things, we have three storage options to keep you covered:

  • Small lockers in Rentals. Use your RFID MyCard to hire a small locker for the day from 7.30am – 5pm!
  • Free to use, unsecured cubbies in Rentals or under the seats in Base Café

Ski Concierge
If you’ve got a multi-day ski or snowboard rental, you can drop your gear into Ski Concierge at the end of the day, where it’ll be stored & ready for you to collect the next day.

Ski Concierge is located in the rentals department and will store skis & snowboards – you’ll need to take your boots home with you. It’s included in the price of your multi-day rental
– just to make things easier for you!


Adaptive ski/ snowboard programme with qualified instructors and volunteer support

Adaptive rental equipment

Wheelchair available at Captain’s Pizzeria for ski- in/ski-out adaptive guests

Accessible food and beverage including GF/vegetarian/ vegan options at:

  • Base Bar
  • Base Cafe
  • The Lounge

Sightseeing available via McDougall’s Chondola (in gondola cabins)

Accessible toilets in Base Cafe

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Rental Equipment

Everything you need for a day skiing or snowboarding; no matter what level you are!

Rent the latest and greatest skis and snowboards including twin tip skis, Burton Learn to Ride snowboards, performance skis and beginner skis at Cardrona.

On-mountain overnight concierge storage available

You can take the equipment to other mountains in the Southern Lakes

3 rental locations – Queenstown, Wānaka and on the mountain

Well maintained by the workshop team.

What's included: 

  • Skis, boots and poles or snowboard, boots and wrist guards
  • Clothing is either jacket or pants, or both
  • Accessories bundle includes jacket, pants, helmet, goggles, and gloves (which you get to keep). All of these items are available to rent separately.
Skis or snowboard + boots



1 Day



1 Day

Performance upgrade


per day

CloTHing + accessories bundle



1 Day



1 Day

Jacket + Pants



1 Day



1 Day

Cardrona Parks

are you ready to take some park laps!?

Cardrona has 4 terrain parks of different levels, from a beginner park through to a FIS Slopestyle course


Snow Sports School

The ultimate learning experience

Learn to ski or snowboard, pick up new skills, explore the mountain and skip the lift lines with our Snow Sports School!



Click on the basin you want to have a live view.

On Mountain Childcare

Fully-licensed childcare centre for kids aged 3months - 5years

Come and join us for a fun & educational experience in our fully- licensed kindy that has a focus on snow.


Mountain Safety

Your guide to safety on the mountain

Cardrona’s Ski Patrol and Slope Safety team are out and about to keep you safe every day on the slopes. Check out our safety tips, signage and backcountry advisory information to have a great day on the mountain.