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Things to do in Cardrona

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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.

From Queenstown: Guided Gin Tour with Tastings

2. From Queenstown: Guided Gin Tour with Tastings

Join a gin tasting tour from Queensland in the company of a passionate local guide. A delight for your taste buds, this tour will lead you to the Cardrona Distillery, The Winery - Arrowtown, and the Gin Garden by the award-winning Broken Heart Spirits. Begin the tour with a pickup from your accommodation in Queenstown and head to the historic Cardrona Valley. Go on a guided tour of the Cardrona Distillery and their facilities followed by a tasting of their products. With your newly-gained knowledge from Cardrona Distillery, move on to your second stop at The Winery in Arrowtown. Choose from an array of gin paddles curated for your drinking pleasure and snack on a shared grazing board. To conclude, enjoy a boutique tasting at the Gin Garden by Broken Heart in Arthurs Point. Sample locally-distilled spirits made from NZ Southern Alps water and handpicked Kiwi botanicals. Then, head back to your hotel or stick around and have some cocktails (at your own expense).

Cardrona: Summer Gondola Sightseeing Pass

3. 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, head out on our alpine walking trails, or snap a selfie at our big swing! 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.

Cardrona: Single-Day Mountain Bike Pass and Bike Rental

4. 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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What people are saying about Cardrona

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 13 reviews

We had Ethan take us for an amazing afternoon! His knowledge and humour lead to an unforgettable afternoon, we’ll be sure to buy a bottle of Broken Heart Gin when we get back to Aus!

Great experience, very family friendly, overall a great way to spend half a day