Well organised and professional, this 345-hectare ski field offers runs to suit all abilities (25% beginners, 25% intermediate, 30% advanced, 20% expert) at elevations ranging from 1670m to 1860m. Cardrona has several high-capacity chairlifts (including a new Chondola in 2017), beginners’ tows and extreme snowboard terrain.

Buses run from Wanaka and Queenstown during ski season.

In summer, the mountain bikers take over. The Cardrona Peak to Pub, from the ski fields to the Cardrona Hotel, is a classic NZ ride with 1270m of descent – the resort runs shuttles back up the mountain.