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Level: Advanced
Length: 40 mi (64.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +3/1 ft
Total: 6 riders

Mountain Biking Cardrona Bike Park

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#86 of 415 mountain bike trails in New Zealand
#3737 in the world

In summer the Cardrona Skifield converts to the Cardrona Bike Park. All the trails are accessed by ski lift and a ticket is required to ride in the park although there is one uphill track (Oxygen Thief). The setting is high up in the foothills of the Southern Alps with stunning views and a formidable on-top-of-the-world ambiance. There is a wide variety of trails from a kids area to world cup level downhill trails. You'll find cross-country style tracks as well as the downhill ones.

In peak season lifts operate daily from 10am to 4pm except on Fridays when they operate till 8pm. Later in the season they only operate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For specific dates check their website:

You can catch a shuttle with bike trailer from Queenstown or from the Cardrona Valley Road turnoff. Costs and timetables are on the website:

You'll find all the facilities you need up at the resort including accommodation, food, bike hire, bike school and so on.

A good trail to start on is the intermediate Arcadia which drops 400 vertical metres over 2.4 km - you'll be smiling all the way!

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • No Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • Restrooms
Getting there
From Wanaka: Head up Cardrona Valley Road for 21km. It's another 12km up the long and winding gravel road to the car park or you can catch the shuttle bus at the turnoff. See for timetable, costs etc. From Queenstown: Head out of town on SH6 then go up the Crown Range Road towards Wanaka. You'll reach the Cardrona Resort turnoff on your left after 46km. It's another 12km up the long and winding gravel road to the car park or you can catch the shuttle bus at the turnoff. See for timetable, costs etc.
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Good (Mar 18, 2018)

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  • Bubblehead10MM

    Cadrona is good sized bike park with two lifts open for bike season. I hired a bike and they had a selection of DH or double squish trail bikes, and they were quick and professional getting me moving. I sampled all the green and blue trails and some small bits of black. Most of good shape but some of the berms were torn up by this time of the season (no doubt by riders like me) be sure to look into shutting the peak to pub run all the way down to the highway for $10 nz.

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  • Jim Cummings

    Looking forward to riding these trails - in winter Cardrona is my favourite place to ski.
    2017-18 bike season is December 2 to April 2...

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