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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: Single and Multi-Day Ski Lift Pass

4. 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.

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Cardrona: Summer Gondola Sightseeing Pass

5. 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

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

7. 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.

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Cardrona Winter Sport Package: Lessons, Lift Pass & Rental

8. 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 2020 winter season. Product is not available at Treble Cone.

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