Cardrona Alpine Gondola Ride

Take an alpine gondola ride on the McDougall’s Express Chondola at Cardrona Alpine Resort. Breathe the fresh mountain air as you take in the views of Queenstown, the Cardrona Valley, Wanaka & Hawea from the top of the world.

  • Take a gondola cabin to the top of Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • The McDougall’s Chondola is new for Summer 2017/18
  • From the top you can choose from a range of walks for varying fitness levels & time allocations
  • The top of the Chondola is the perfect spot for incredible views & photo taking opportunities
  • Take a short walk up to the Skyline viewing platform for stunning views of the Southern Alps

More information about gondola rides at Cardrona

Within an hour’s drive of both Queenstown & Wanaka, Cardrona is the perfect spot to get away from the centre of town to experience a unique alpine environment, while still being close enough that you can head up for just a half day of adventure. 
Make it a full day experience by taking a hike from the top of the gondola, or add on a 2hour mountain carting session – guaranteed fun for the whole family.

Things you should know

  • The McDougall’s Chondola is open from 10am-4pm daily, with a late night Friday closing of 8pm
  • If walking isn’t your thing, you can take the gondola back down to Base
  • During the summer holiday period, Vista Bar will be open with a range of beverages, snacks & ice cream at the top of the Chondola
  • Bring a backpack with extra layers, sun hat & sunscreen – it can get very hot up on the mountain & conditions can change quickly

Getting there

Cardrona is a cruisy drive or bus ride from NZ’s most famous resort towns – Wanaka & Queenstown.

Drive Distances

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

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