Cardrona Vacation Packages
Cardrona first found fame during the gold rush of the 1860s. Today, it is better known as a haven for alpine sports and being the site of the Olympic-sized halfpipe. Come in winter to traverse the diverse network of snowy trails or arrange a summer trip to experience exhilarating bike rides around the steep mountain tracks.
Novice skiers and snowboarders can practice their technique on the large area of beginner slopes in front of the resort center. For higher-level riders, an abundance of steeper and more challenging runs are spread across the mountain. All are accessible by high-speed lift service. Daredevils can perfect their aerial tricks on the several purpose-built areas for freestyle skiing and boarding.
During summer, the mountains around Cardrona become home to some excellent walking and mountain biking trails. Adventurous bikers can tackle jumps and drops in the freeride zones while children can get in some biking practice at the designated kid’s park. Explore the area on foot and discover pretty rivers where pioneers once panned for gold.
Don’t miss the iconic Cardrona Hotel. This is one of New Zealand’s longest-running establishments, having first opened its doors in 1863. Stop in for a Cardrona (a beer of the same name) or stay the night in one of New Zealand’s most famous hotels.
From Cardrona, take a daytrip to the nearby coastal town of Wanaka, about a 20-minute drive away. During warmer weather, sunbathe on the shores of Lake Wanaka and try watersports. Several wineries are located in and around Wanaka and the town’s arthouse movie theater, Cinema Paradiso, screens classic and independent films in a quirky setting.
Back in Cardrona, find cafés and restaurants serving tasty New Zealand fare around the main streets of town. Besides the hotel, accommodations here are mostly self-catered apartments; however, you can find a small number of hotels closer to the ski fields.
Accommodation in Cardrona
Pre-booking a good hotel or apartment is a vital element of any trip. Expedia's booking website lists the most sought-after Cardrona hotel rooms.
Cardrona Alpine Apartments at Cardrona Valley Road, and the Benbrae - Cardrona Valley Resort, at 2326 Cardrona Valley Road are two excellent examples of the better quality hotels in Cardrona. Alternatively, The Cardrona Mountain House, at 2327 Cardrona Valley Road, and the Cardrona Hotel, at Crown Range Road, RD1, are a couple of offerings worth considering if you're after a bargain.