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Cardrona Ski Packages

Our Cardrona ski packages are perfect for families and first-time skiers. These include:

If you have young children needing childcare or want to learn to ski, you will probably end up spending your entire ski holiday at Cardrona Alpine Resort. However, we also offer Wanaka ski packages including days at both Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone.

Read on for an overview of our Cardrona ski packages.

Family Cardrona ski package holiday with daycare on-mountain at Cardrona Alpine Resort

7 Day Wanaka Learn to Ski Package

This learn to ski package offers the perfect introduction for first-time skiers. With three days of lessons and one day of independent skiing, the schedule suits all beginning skiers.

In addition, the schedule includes a stay in Queenstown so you can fit in a bit of New Zealand sightseeing before you fly out.

First Timer lessons for adults and children follow the same schedule, so the whole family can learn at the same time. Moreover, any younger children will be well cared for with a range of flexible childcare offerings.

The First Timer Package includes an excellent discount compared to normal lift passes, and you’ll find all snow gear for hire at Cardrona Alpine Resort. This includes:

  • Skis, boots, and poles or snowboard and boots
  • Jacket and pants
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Gloves

Who should choose this 7-day Cardrona ski package?

  • First-time skiers
  • Families with children skiing for the first time
Family ski holiday with daycare on-mountain at Cardrona Alpine Resort
Daycare at Cardrona Alpine Resort

10 Day Wanaka Family Ski Package

Perfect for families with children of all ages, this relaxing, fun ski package includes plenty of down time interspersed with ski days. Spend 5 days skiing at Cardrona Alpine Resort, with two free days to explore Wanaka and two days in Queenstown.

This Cardrona ski package offers a basic framework for adding and customizing as you wish. For instance, you can choose to add lessons, childcare, or rental equipment depending on what your family requires.

In addition, 10 days is the perfect length to fit in the winter holidays.

Who should choose this 10-day Cardrona ski package?

  • Families with children of all ages
  • Skiers who want to mix snow with sightseeing
  • Less-experienced skiers who need time to recover after a long day on the slopes
The family-friendly McDougall's Chondola at Cardrona Alpine Resort one of the top Queenstown ski resorts
The family-friendly McDougall’s Chondola at Cardrona Alpine Resort

10 Day Wanaka Learn to Ski Package

For first-time skiers determined to make the most of their experience, this Learn to Ski package offers extra time on the slopes while balancing time to rest your sore muscles.

The first four days of this ski package follow the lesson plan of the 7 Day Wanaka Learn to Ski Package. After that, you have two more days to ski independently and hone your skills.

With an excellent range of beginner and intermediate runs, Cardrona Alpine Resort is the perfect place for first-time skiers to progress. Consequently, two additional days on the slopes will set you up for a lifetime of skiing.

In addition, this ski package includes several free days to explore both Wanaka and Queenstown.

Who should choose this 10-day Cardrona ski package?

  • First time skiers who want to master the basics
  • Families with beginning skiers of all ages
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Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu

10 Day Wanaka Ski Relax Holiday Package

With 4 days for sightseeing, the 10 Day Wanaka Ski Relax Holiday Package combines a regular holiday with a ski getaway. Furthermore, this package splits your free time between Wanaka and Queenstown to provide even more sightseeing opportunities.

Similarly to the 10 Day Wanaka Family Ski Package, this Ski Relax Package provides a basic framework for building a custom holiday. In other words, you can add lessons, childcare, and rental gear if necessary.

Likewise, this ski package is great for first-time skiers who aren’t sure they will enjoy skiing. They can give it a try, and after that, they can enjoy the multitude of other activities on offer in Wanaka and Queenstown.

Who should choose this 10-day Cardrona ski package?

  • Families
  • Skiers who want to fit in plenty of sightseeing
  • First-time skiers who aren’t sure they will enjoy skiing
Kids' ski lessons at Cardrona Alpine Resort
Kids’ ski lessons at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Plan your Cardrona Ski Holiday

The answers to these frequently asked questions will help make your Wanaka ski holiday a success.

Which ski resort is best for beginners?

Of all ski fields in New Zealand, Cardrona Alpine Resort is the best for beginners.

Firstly, most of the terrain is easy to intermediate, with a “chondola” (gondola combined with a chair lift) for those nervous about riding a chair lift. And secondly, Cardrona offers the most flexible range of lessons for skiers of all levels.

When is Cardrona open?

Cardrona Alpine Resort typically opens in June and closes in October.

The opening dates for New Zealand’s ski fields vary from year to year, so you will need to check for the current season dates. However, Cardrona has some of New Zealand’s most consistent snow as a result of its high elevation and extensive snowmaking capabilities.

What is the best time to ski in New Zealand?

  • August is typically the most reliable month for snow, so it’s a safe choice
  • September and October are good for spring conditions and smaller crowds
  • June is the cheapest month to ski in New Zealand

Does it snow in Wanaka?

It rarely snows in the actual town of Wanaka, so you will need to drive up to Cardrona Alpine Resort or another ski field to see snow. However, this means you won’t have to deal with as much snow and ice on the roads.

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