Cardrona (New Zealand)

Location, Map and Directions

Mountain road to Cardrona ski resort logo


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International Airports: ZQN

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Cardrona mountain base

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Cardrona mountain peak

Mountain road to Cardrona ski resort
Cardrona New Zealand Ski Resort Location:

Cardrona ski resort is conveniently located a one hour drive (36 miles/58 km) from Queenstown and its airport. Accommodations are typically made in Queenstown with a shuttle bus or rental car for transport to the mountains.

If renting a car, remember that they drive on the left had side of the road from the right side of the vehicle. There are few signal lights but an abundance of roundabouts driven in a clockwise direction. If you are from a country which is the opposite and you you feel that you can not adjust to this driving ecosystem, DO NOT DRIVE! It's always a prudent to rent tire chains as well in case they are needed.

Map of Cardrona Ski Resort New Zealand:
Google Map of the local Cardrona-Queenstown New Zealand area

Cardrona Ski Resort:
Cardrona, New Zealand
Latitude: -44.873781
Longitude: 168.948614

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Transportation and Directions to Cardrona New Zealand Ski Resort:

Located a driving distance of 36 miles/58 km (one hour drive) from the Queenstown International Airport.

  • From Queenstown Airport (ZQN):
    • Follow Sir Henry Wigley Drive and Lucas Place to State Highway 6
    • Follow State Highway 6 and Crown Range Rd to Cardrona Valley Drive
    • Look for a sign marking a left turn for the road to Cardrona ski resort.
      Drive 14 km on an unpaved mountain road
    • Follow the sign to the end at the resort parking
    Note that there are NO tolls or fees along the way. Yea!


Cardrona has four parking lots at the main lodge (A, B, C and a remote lot) and a single lot at the base of the "Valley View Quad" lift.

Cardrona main lodge parking lots

Cardrona main lodge parking lots: A, B, C and a remote lot

Alternative Transportation:

Cardrona Queenstown office and pick-up

Cardrona Queenstown office and bus transporter pick-up. Souvenir Cardrona T-shirts and rental shop next door.
37 Camp Street, Queenstown New Zealand

Bus Station: Info Snow Queenstown office and pick-up

Info Snow shuttle bus transport
The Station: 37 Shotover Street, Queenstown New Zealand (across from the street from the Sofitel Hotel)

Air Travel:

It is typical for international travelers to fly to Sydney Australia to catch a flight to Queenstown.
Queenstown Airport

Queenstown Airport is small enough to be simple. Currency exchanges and rental car desks are available inside.

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