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    Hiking and Walking Cardrona

Walking and Hiking at Cardrona

Stunning views at every turn… walking & hiking at Cardrona Alpine Resort is a truly unique adventure this summer. Take a gondola ride to the top of the world & make sure you have your camera ready – there’s so much to capture on your trip around the mountain.

  • Ride the McDougall’s Chondola to the top of the mountain
  • Choose from three main walks:
    • A short 5 min stroll to the Skyline viewing platform
    • A 2.5 hour hike on the Captain’s Circuit to Captain’s Basin & back
    • A 45 min walk from the top of the Chondola back down to the Cardrona Base Area
  • Trails are clearly marked with signs & cairns
  • Bring plenty of layers, water, sun hat & sunscreen – conditions can change quickly in an alpine environment

More information about walking & hiking at Cardrona

Cardrona’s McDougall’s Chondola gets you to the most accessible summit in the Southern Lakes – you can be standing at the top of Cardrona in 15-20mins of leaving the Base area. With interpretation boards along the way, plenty of spots for a photo & some of the most breathtaking views in New Zealand, you’ll be sure to have a completely unique walking/hiking experience up at Cardrona this summer.

Things you should know

  • Cardrona is open daily from Dec 2, 2017 – Apr 2, 2018
  • The McDougall’s Chondola operates from 10am – 4pm each day, with a late closing on Friday nights of 8pm for TGIF
  • Allow 3.5 hours on the mountain if you plan to do the Captain’s Circuit & the Skyline Trail back to Base
  • The Lounge is open for coffee, brunch & lunch daily
  • Vista Bar at the top of the Chondola will be open during the busy summer period with a range of refreshments & ice cream

Getting there

Cardrona is an easy drive from NZ’s most famous resort towns – Wanaka & Queenstown.

Drive Distances:

Wanaka – 34km
Queenstown – 58km
Arrowtown – 37km

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