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  • From Queenstown: Arrowtown and Wanaka Small-Group Tour

    1. From Queenstown: Arrowtown and Wanaka Small-Group Tour

    After getting picked up from your hotel in Queenstown, head to historic Arrowtown; a site with a long history of gold hunters. Walk amongst the tiny restored cottages of their settlement and wander down the main street of this exquisite little town with its charm of historic buildings that will make you feel as if you've stumbled on to a movie set.  Next, head to the lifestyle reserve of Wanaka. Discover a location rich in family adventures, eco-tours, recreational trails, and nearby ski fields, surrounded by huge mountains and massive glaciers. Visit the Reflection Tree, which grows within a lake, and see for yourself why it is one of New Zealand's most photographed sites. Afterward, enjoy one hour of free time to explore Wanaka at your own pace. Look around the shops, sit and have an icecream by the lake, or go for a walk along the lake path. Break for lunch at one of the nearby cafes...

    Tour was relaxed, informative and enjoyable. We visited some many places and had enough time to do some self exploration as well. Our tour guide was helpful and it was great to hear the stories and history. This is a really enjoyable day.

  • Cardrona: Single and Multi-Day Ski Lift Pass

    2. Cardrona: Single and Multi-Day Ski Lift Pass

    Explore some of the very best skiing and snowboarding terrain that New Zealand has to offer on your trip to Cardrona. Whatever your skiing ability, Cardrona has something for everyone. From gentle beginner slopes, terrain parks, and halfpipes, to challenging steeps and powder stashes. The choice is yours. Maximize your time in Cardona with a single day ski lift pass and enjoy access to McDougall's Chondola, Whitestar Express, Captains Express, Valley View Quad, and the learner conveyors from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. Simply collect your lift pass at the Cardrona Mountain Ticket Office or at the local operator shop in Queenstown or Wanaka, then it’s time to hit the slops and have some fun.

  • Cardrona Winter Sport Package: Lessons, Lift Pass & Rental

    3. Cardrona Winter Sport Package: Lessons, Lift Pass & Rental

    Choose a full day of skiing or snowboarding at Cardrona Alpine Resort with a package that includes 2 x 2-hour long group lessons with a professional instructor, an all-mountain lift pass, and equipment rental. Everyone can benefit from this package as lessons will be suitable for both kids and adults.  If you want to brush up on your skills and you don't have your own gear, a full-day lesson package is a great start. The package includes a full day all-mountain lift pass, 2 group lessons, and rental of skiing or snowboarding equipment. The lessons are perfect for both kids and adults. Each lesson is 2 hours duration and can be joined at any level. Rental equipment provided includes skis, boots, and poles OR snowboard, boots, and bindings. Additional rental items are available to rent on-mountain. This package is valid for use at Cardrona Alpine Resort (June 26- October 18) during 202...

  • Cardrona: First Timer Ski or Snowboard Package

    4. 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 ...

  • Cardrona: Winter Gondola Sightseeing Pass

    5. 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."

  • Cardrona: Single-Day Ski Lift Pass and Rental Package

    6. Cardrona: Single-Day Ski Lift Pass and Rental Package

    This single-day lift pass and rental package includes everything you need for a great day out on the mountain and removes the fuss of carrying heavy gear with you. Lap the mountain all day long with access to McDougall's Chondola, Whitestar Express, Captains Express, Valley View Quad, and the learner conveyors, from 8:30AM to 4:00PM. Whether you're a skier or a snowboarder, this package provides boots, skis/a board and poles/wrist guards which can be fitted and collected along with your lift pass from 1 of the 3 locations. Simply pop into the off-mountain offices in Wanaka and Queenstown before you head to the mountain, or choose to collect your gear on-mountain upon your arrival.

    It was a great day at cardrona! The deal we got was for Skiiing and not snowboarding but they easily swapped it for us. We were later told that Skiing is easier for first timers but by then we had already changed in to snowboarding gears. If it is your first time in snow, this deal doesn’t include lessons. We ended up paying another $200 odd for a 2hour lesson before going out on the snow. It was totally worth it though and our instructor was very patient. The add on for clothing was great and we also got to keep our gloves which was a nice surprise. We got a jacket, pants, helmet, goggles and gloves as part of the clothing bundle. The rental was for boots, board or boots, skis and poles. So we had everything we needed. The people were amazing and soo helpful all the way from the free shuttle/bus driver down the bottom of the hill to our assistant at the lockers. Would highly recommend!

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4.8 / 5

based on 6 reviews

It was a great day at cardrona! The deal we got was for Skiiing and not snowboarding but they easily swapped it for us. We were later told that Skiing is easier for first timers but by then we had already changed in to snowboarding gears. If it is your first time in snow, this deal doesn’t include lessons. We ended up paying another $200 odd for a 2hour lesson before going out on the snow. It was totally worth it though and our instructor was very patient. The add on for clothing was great and we also got to keep our gloves which was a nice surprise. We got a jacket, pants, helmet, goggles and gloves as part of the clothing bundle. The rental was for boots, board or boots, skis and poles. So we had everything we needed. The people were amazing and soo helpful all the way from the free shuttle/bus driver down the bottom of the hill to our assistant at the lockers. Would highly recommend!

Tour was relaxed, informative and enjoyable. We visited some many places and had enough time to do some self exploration as well. Our tour guide was helpful and it was great to hear the stories and history. This is a really enjoyable day.

Can’t rate this experience higher! Great way to see a huge range of different sites without feeling like you’re spending the majority of the day driving - our guide (Wayne) was amazing!

Great day, shame cant remember every thing Wayne told us very knowledgeable.

Absolutely Fantastic !!! Your money is worth it - Thanks Wayne