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Cardrona: Mountain Carting at Cardrona Alpine Resort

1. Cardrona: Mountain Carting at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Experience the brand-new adventure sport, mountain carting, aka New Zealand’s most accessible gravity-fuelled activity. The only one of their kind in New Zealand, these 3-wheeled gravity carts are all you need to take on the trails with no previous experience necessary. Take a leisurely roll or race your mates around sweeping bends before taking the chairlift back up to get another lap in. Get your heart racing in this fun-filled, downhill adrenaline activity for all ages and abilities. Sessions last for 2 hours with access to all 3 mountain cart tracks. Once you have worked up an appetite, why not head to the onsite bar to take your pick from the selection of craft beers and local wines as well as a bunch of hot and cold menu options including delicious wood-fired pizzas.

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Cardrona: First Timer Ski or Snowboard Package

2. Cardrona: First Timer Ski or Snowboard Package

Make your first day as easy as possible at Cardrona with a first-timer package for kids and adults. With facilities like the learner conveyor tunnel, a beginners’ area close to the base, gentle learner runs, a dedicated kids’ conveyor, and of course the amazing snow sports school, there’s no better place to learn to ski or snowboard. The first timer package is a great introduction to the sport, and is the most cost-effective way to learn how to ski or snowboard. The package includes beginners’ area lift passes, rental equipment, and 4.5 hours of lessons. On top of that, you can choose to upgrade yourself to an all-inclusive package to add on a clothing and accessories bundle. Your first-time package includes a full-day learners pass and a single uplift on the McDougall's Chondola in the afternoon. This will allow you to get to the top of the mountain on your very first day. Once there you can snap that pic for your friends, before taking the green beginner run back to base or jumping back onto the gondola to cruise back in comfort.

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Cardrona: Winter Gondola Sightseeing Pass

3. Cardrona: Winter Gondola Sightseeing Pass

Ride the McDougall’s Express Chondola up the mountain and relax as you watch the skiing action from above. The Chondola starts right beside the base area so you can skip the trek through miles of snow. In under four minutes arrive at the top of the mountain where you'll have the chance to stop for a coffee or champagne and take in the breathtaking views. Hike for a short 2-minute to the lookout for views over Queenstown and Wakatipu Basin. Take photos to remember your experience and head back down to the base for a hot chocolate or try a Kiwi classic of "fush 'n' chups."

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Cardrona: Summer Gondola Sightseeing Pass

4. Cardrona: Summer Gondola Sightseeing Pass

Take the McDougall’s Express Chondola to the top of the mountain and ride in comfort and style. The Chondola starts right beside the base area and in under 4 minutes you’ll be at the top of the mountain. Sit back and watch mountain bikers and carters as they head off down the hill. Explore the walking trails for a true alpine adventure with 360-degree views at every turn. Take as many photos for the family album as you want before you head back down to base.  Drop by the lounge and soak up the sun on the patio, the ultimate trailside après spot. Refuel with a selection of hot and cold menu options to suit everyone. and watch our chefs cook up a storm on the outdoor BBQ.

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Cardrona: Single-Day Mountain Bike Pass and Bike Rental

5. Cardrona: Single-Day Mountain Bike Pass and Bike Rental

Your experience begins as you collect your lift pass at the Cardrona on-mountain ticket office before the lifts open at 10:00AM. From there, take the lift uphill to begin your first downhill descent. There’s no better feeling than taking a breath as you drop in, feeling your heart pumping as you find your flow, lapping all day until there’s nothing left in the tank. This bike park features a variety of lift-accessed downhill mountain bike trails for all levels of rider to enjoy. The trails are suitable for all levels of experience, with flowing beginner trails to National DH level tracks. With some of the longest vertical descents in the country, come and explore this alpine playground. You can choose from a single-day mountain bike lift pass or single day mountain bike lift and rental bike package.

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