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Cardrona Ski Field Wanaka New Zealand

Updated 21 June, 2002

"Cardrona Ski Field & Alpine Resort"

Situated half an hour up the Cardrona valley from Lake Wanaka, Cardrona Alpine Resort was the brainchild of that mercurial Otago farmer John Lee. He has now moved to greener pastures, across the valley actually, but his legacy lives on.

There are two quad chairs,a double chair and the beginners area with three clever magic carpets. Cardrona relies on its height and natural snow as there is no snow making. They do however boast New Zealand's only ski field apartment accommodation at NZ$385 a night. The apartments sleep 8 so get a group of friends together and be the first up the lift in the morning.

Snow Boarders are well looked after with pipes, terrain parks and an extreme boarder cross course. Events during the year include the the Snowboard Masters, NZ Extreme Snow Boarding Challenge and the World Heli Challenge Gravity Cross. That ought to keep you busy!

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Cardrona is renowned for its feel good factor, especially for an intermediate or beginner that needs that confidence boost.

The terrain is even, trails well groomed and their are no surprises. Make sure you throw an extra scarf and hat in as the wind can be pretty chilly.


The crèche or Kids Korral is legendary. Open from 9am - 4pm for kids from 3 months to 5 years with an average charge of $40 per day. Bookings essential (ph 03 443 9806) and cancellation fee applies.

I've never tried the magic carpets but the kids seem to enjoy it. The staff have always been that little bit more friendly and personal at Cardrona, must be all those Moro bars :-)

Vital statistics

 
Height at base 1 669 metres / 5 474 feet
Height at summit 2 059 metres / 6 753 feet
Highest Lift Point 2 059 metres / 6 753 feet
Vertical drop 390 metres / 1 279 feet
Lifts 2 quad chairs, 1 double chair, beginners lifts, 3 magic carpets, 1 platter
Average Snow Fall 2.6m
Snowmaking none
Terrain area 320 hectares
Terrain grades 25% beginner, 55% intermediate, 20% advanced
Snowboard 4 pipes and a super dooper shaping machine, BX Park
Wanaka 34 kms ( 35 minutes )
Queenstown 57 kms ( 60 minutes )
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Day Passes Adult Student Child 60 plus Family
Full Day $60 $50 $30 $30

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Half Day $44 $39 $23 - N/A
Cardrona Club Card $25 $20 $12 - N/A
Cardrona Club Card
daily lift rate
$50 $42 $25 - N/A
NEW 4 out of 6 day pass $215 $180 $110    
Learner Area ( 4 lifts ) $30 $30 $15 - N/A
Season Passes Adult Student Child 13-17 Child under 12 Family Veteran over 60

Before 22nd April

$295 $295 $199 $99> N/A $190
Before 18th June $790 $690 $390 $99 $1612 $190
After 19 June $920 $820 $440 $99 $1700 $190
Ski Lesson
First Timer Packages Adult Child
One lesson First Time $49 $39
Two Lesson First Time $65 $49
Two Day Achievement $150 $99
Four day Snow blaster $320 $199
Group Lessons
1 group lesson $37 $26
multi - lessons $33 $22
Private Lessons
One hour $75 $75
Half day $170 $170
Day $360 $360
Sunrise/Sunset (9:30 & 3:00 PM) $65 $65
Extra person (Max 3) $25 $25
Snowboard Lessons
First-timer Pack Adult Child
One lesson $65 $53
Two lessons $79 $67
Two Day Achievement Pack $179 $129
Four day Snowblaster $379 $265
Group Lesson - Intermediate to Advanced
One lesson $37 $26
Multi - - lessons $33 $22
Private Lesson
Sunrise / Sunset hour $65
One hour $75
Half day (2 1/2 hours) $170
Extra persons (3 Max) $25
Rentals
Shaped Set (skis, boots, poles) Adult Child
Day $30 $21
Half Day $24 $14
Skis Only $21 $15
Boots Only $15 $11
Poles Only $8 $8
Insurance $2 $2
Multi Day Rental (per day, min 3 days)
Snowboard set $36 $26
Clothing set $20 $14
Shaped ski set $25 $18
 
Snowboard (board,boots) Adult Child
Day $43 $32
Half Day $30 $24
Board only $36 $26
Boots only $18 $13
Insurance $2 $2
Clothing Hire
Full Suit $25 $17
Part Suit $18 $15
Accessories
Hat and Gloves $7 each
Goggles $10 each
Baggage check $3

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