Welcome to Cardrona


Cardrona wakes with a jolt for the ski season, but even if you're not here for powder, it's well worth a visit. Drink in the views and the beer, take a horse ride through the open tussock country, be slightly bemused at the bra fence and understand that a distillery rightly belongs here since the landscape is so reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands.


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Cardrona activities

$104.86 Outdoor Activities

Cardrona High Country Pub Trail Horse Riding Trek

After all riding abilities and expectations have been established, riders are matched to horses and safety helmets fitted.Horse riding is then demonstrated by the guide so the riders may watch then with the assistance of a mounting block, riders are helped on board their horse and given a one on one lesson. After a pre ride safety talk the ride commences up the mountain with the friendly and competant guide leading the way. The beautiful scenery is accompanied by a commentary of certain points of interest of Cardrona Valley including the 1860s gold rush and the working sheep, cattle and deer farm the trail passes through (including a river crossing!).A little over half way the guide will stop the ride at the historic Cardrona Hotel where the riders will be helped to dismount, tie their horses up to the hitching rail and invited inside for a complimentary beer/wine/coffee/soft drink - the classiest way to arrive at the pub! After the break the guide will help the riders mount up again before riding back to base along the Cardrona river.

$263.91 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Queenstown Wine and Cardrona Distillery Tour

This morning I’ll pick you up at your Hotel and we’ll drive up over the Crown Range towards Cardrona, we’ll stop for an amazing photo shot looking back towards the Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. It’s then a short drive through the Cardrona Valley until we arrive at the Cardrona Distillery and Museum. The Cardrona Distillery is located in a beautifully designed group of buildings housing the very best in copper stills to make beautifully crafted spirits. The spirits are hand-crafted from scratch starting with just malted barley, water, and yeast. The Classic Distillery Tour will take us on a journey through the working distillery and barrelhouse and finishes with a tutored tasting of Cardrona Distillery’s artisan spirits. It is a proud tradition that many distilleries offer casks for Private filling each year. The Cardrona Distillery is carrying on this fine tradition by offering a small number of cask for filling with new make spirit that will mature into the single malt whisky – The Cardrona Private Cask purchasers will savour the taste of their own single barrel expression of this special and rare southern spirit.Established in 1863 the Cardrona Hotel is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most iconic hotels and is one of only two remaining buildings from the Cardrona Valley gold rush era. We will stop here for a walk through the hotel, a cold beverage if you’re inclined and snap that iconic photo shot! Lunch Recommendations (at own expense)Cardrona Hotel – offers traditional pub favourites with a twist, using the freshest seasonal produce from the region. Gibbston Valley Winery Restaurant – offers a seasonal menu featuring carefully selected ingredients that reflect local flavours with both an à la carte menu and 2 course wine matched options. Amisfield Bistro – multi-award winning restaurant offers a 3 course ‘Trust the Chef’ lunch with optional wine matching. After lunch, we will drive through the Gibbston Valley wine region and visit some of the top wineries to sample more stunning  wines and we’ll also stop in at a new boutique tasting room. Wet Jacket Cellar Door is located in a beautifully converted 150-year-old former wool shed and their wines are only available here and in a few of the top restaurants in the country. On our return back to Queenstown, we will drive through Arrowtown a small Gold miners village before returning to your hotel.

$158.83 Outdoor Activities

All Inclusive Ski Package at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Check in at our Queenstown store the day before your first day on the mountain; the friendly staff will give you your lift pass and confirm your seat on a ski bus for the next day so make sure you visit the store before 6pm.  The amazing rentals team will get you fitted with your skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots, jacket, pants, helmet, goggles and gloves (you get to keep the gloves too!). When you're getting fitted, ask the staff about our rental delivery service which applies to a number of hotels and backpackers in central Queenstown.  The next morning, make sure you're at your pick up point 5 minutes before departure - we can't wait for any latecomers as we want to make sure everyone gets the most out of their day on the snow! Once on your bus, enjoy a relaxed and beautiful journey over the Crown Range and up to the top of Cardrona. Your experienced driver will take the stress out of navigating the winding mountain roads so you can sit back and take in the view. After you've arrived your adventure begins! Explore the slopes and enjoy the numerous cafes, bars and restaurants that accept both cash and credit/debit card payments.  At 4pm the ski lifts close and its time to leave the mountain. Make sure you head straight back to bus to allow your driver to set off promptly and avoid the rush. Either ride the bus back to the shop to drop of your rental gear, or if you have more snow days planned, hop off at your accommodation and keep your rentals with you.

$172.09 Outdoor Activities

Beginner lessons, full rental and Cardrona bus transfers

Check in at our Queenstown store the day before your first day on the mountain; the friendly staff will give you your lift pass and confirm your seat on a ski bus for the next day so make sure you visit the store before 6pm.   The amazing rentals team will get you fitted with your skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots, jacket, pants, helmet, goggles and gloves (you get to keep the gloves too!). When you're getting fitted, ask the staff about our rental delivery service which applies to a number of hotels and backpackers in central Queenstown.   The next morning, make sure you're at your pick up point 5 minutes before departure - we can't wait for any latecomers as we want to make sure everyone gets the most out of their day on the snow! Once on your bus, enjoy a relaxed and beautiful journey over the Crown Range and up to the top of Cardrona. Your experienced driver will take the stress out of navigating the winding mountain roads so you can sit back and take in the view.  After you've arrived your adventure begins! Make your way to the lesson assemble point and introduce yourself to the qualified instructors.Explore the slopes and enjoy the numerous cafes, bars and restaurants that accept both cash and credit/debit card payments.   At 4pm the ski lifts close and its time to leave the mountain. Make sure you head straight back to bus to allow your driver to set off promptly and avoid the rush. Either ride the bus back to the shop to drop of your rental gear, or if you have more snow days planned, hop off at your accommodation and keep your rentals with you.

$241.39 Outdoor Activities

Mixed Ability Lessons, Full equipment and Bus transfers

Check in at our Queenstown store the day before your first day on the mountain; the friendly staff will give you your lift pass and confirm your seat on a ski bus for the next day so make sure you visit the store before 6pm. The amazing rentals team will get you fitted with your skis, boots and poles or snowboard and boots, jacket, pants, helmet, goggles and gloves (you get to keep the gloves too!). When you're getting fitted, ask the staff about our rental delivery service which applies to a number of hotels and backpackers in central Queenstown. The next morning, make sure you're at your pick up point 5 minutes before departure - we can't wait for any latecomers as we want to make sure everyone gets the most out of their day on the snow! Once on your bus, enjoy a relaxed and beautiful journey over the Crown Range and up to the top of Cardrona. Your experienced driver will take the stress out of navigating the winding mountain roads so you can sit back and take in the view. After you've arrived your adventure begins! Make your way to the lesson assemble point and introduce yourself to the qualified instructors. Explore the slopes and enjoy the numerous cafes, bars and restaurants that accept both cash and credit/debit card payments. At 4pm the ski lifts close and its time to leave the mountain. Make sure you head straight back to bus to allow your driver to set off promptly and avoid the rush. Either ride the bus back to the shop to drop of your rental gear, or if you have more snow days planned, hop off at your accommodation and keep your rentals with you.

$809.33 Transfers & Ground Transport

New Zealand Private VIP Sightseeing Tour from Auckland

Looking for a private vehicle with a driver to take you around the North Island, South Island or even both?Wish to experience New Zealand as a local & learn about our culture and traditions?Look no further, you're in the right place!We have set itineraries that you can check out or we can make a special one for you at no extra charge. Destinations in North Island like Auckland West Coast Beaches, Goat Island Marine Reserve, Matakana, Bay of Islands, Cape Reinga, 90-mile beach, Hobbiton Movie Set, Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, Rotorua, Hamilton, Taupo, New Plymouth, Tongariro, Coromandel, Tauranga, Mt Maunganui, Napier & Wellington.Thats not it, we can also take you on an amazing Ferry ride to the South Island to explore spots like Arthur pass, Franz Joseph, Fox Glacier, Lake Wanaka, Queenstown, Cardrona, Milford Sounds, Dunedin & Christchurch.Accommodation can be arranged for you at an extra cost or you can make your own arrangments.The Vehicle is fully equipped with everything you need for a comfortable and luxurious trip.Our Mercedes Sprinter vans have USB charging cables, Bluetooth for you to play your music in the car, Free Wifi, Complimentary snacks & water plus having your own experienced tour guide/driver.Our local guide will teach you all about New Zealand and show you the hidden spots that no one else can show you.Languages available (per request depending on availability): English, Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish and Portuguese.This is indeed the best way to safely travel New Zealand without any worries or stress.