Crown Range Road . RD1, Wanaka, New Zealand
This hotel is situated in the Cardona Valley between Queenstown and Wanaka along the Crown Range Road.
It was established in 1863 and is one of New Zealand's oldest hotels.
The hotel has 16 rooms and a restaurant which serves great food (try the fish of the day if its blue cod) and a nice bar. The outdoor area is just superb, very picturesque, in fact many weddings are held in this venue.
Room rates are at their peak in the ski season and in mid summer.
Unique Quality: Great position close to the skifield at Cardona (and four others) and has great views and position in the valley.
The fire's are very cosy in winter and its a friendly atmosphere.
Directions: Only a 20 minute drive or 25kms from Wanaka down the Crown Range Road.
You will find one of the oldest hotel in New Zealand here at Cardrona.
This is the central attraction of this small little township.
Cardrona Hotel is located 15 mins away from downtown Wanaka. It was built in 1863 among the hills and valleys of the Crown Range.
The hotel has recently undergone renovation and makeover and now has 16 ensuite rooms, restaurant and a bar.
A general store, post office and pertrol station is just beside the hotel.
Unique Quality: be a part of history
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a cute calf caught my fancy!
Clutha River, near Albertown
Mount Aspiring NP
Travel Tips for Wanaka
Go skiing @ Treble Cone
As I was missing my Swiss alpine mountains, I decided to go skiing on the NZ Alps... It was a great experience and the surrondings view was outstanding!
At each time I took the detachable 6-seater chairlift I could chat with friendly local skiers/surfers before to run downhill again and again...
Some interesting Ski Area Statistics:
***Winter season from late June to early October
***Operating hours from 9AM to 4PM
***Ski area boundary 550ha (1,359 acres)
***Groomed Terrain over 50ha per night
***Lowest Lift Point 1255m
***Highest Lift Point 1960m
***Summit elevation 2088m (6,850 ft)
***Lift Serviced vertical rise 705m
***Types of lifts: 6 Seater high speed detachable chairlift, Quad fixed grip chairlift, Double chairlift, 1 Tbar and Platter (on beginner slope) + Magic Carpet
***Total Lift capacity 6,905 people/hour
***Snowmaking Area 50 hectares
***Longest groomed run 4.3km (Tims Table to base lodge)
***Terrain Grades - Groomed: Beginner 10%, Intermediate 40%, Advanced 50%
You could rent all ski equipement in sport store at Wanaka (cheaper option) or directly @ TC.
I remember that the full day pass was quite expensive (even for a Swiss...) : around NZ$ 75, but I manage to get a NZ$ 20 discount with my student card. Nowadays I read on the website that ISIC cards are not accepted ;-(.
Cinema Paradiso is a small movie theatre where you will find comfy old sofas and an old Morris Minor as your seating. It's a bit like watching the big screen from the comfort of your own home.
At half time we had a short interval and everyone went outside to the adjoining cafe for freshly baked cookies or some homemade ice cream.
I settled for pizza and beer which was ordered before the movie started and ready for intermission. What I didn't finish was put on a tray to take back into the theatre to enjoy while watching the rest of "Is Anybody There?" starring Michael Caine.
Roman Style Toilets
You must visit the toilets when you are at the Puzzling World.
There are 3 toilets, one for the ladies, the other for the gents and ?The Roman Style Toilet" which is in between the 2 washrooms.
The foreground is a mural of the Roman Style Toilet and is extended into the distance.
You may go in between those Roman Characters and pose with them.
This could be the most photographed toilet in the world so take lots of pics here.
Streets of Wanaka
We took a stroll along the streets of Wanaka.
There are many restaurants along Ardmore Street which is a very long stretch of road towards the Mt Aspiring.
We saw rainbow at Helwick St over Mt Iron.
Lakeside Road is where all the hot properties are located with lake front views.
Wanaka bakpaka is along this Road.
Stratford Terrace and junction of Russell is wher Paradiso Cinema is located.
The Puzzling World is located along Luggate Highway 84.
Wanaka and Queenstown
Wanaka is a beautiful lakeside town in the centre of the South Island of New Zealand. Most famous for its winter sports, Wanaka is the place to be for snowboarding/skiing combined with a fun atmosphere in the winter!
With 3 ski-fields within 20mins of the town, it's the perfect place to be based for a winter of snow action.
My friends and I usually head over for the winter university holidays.
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We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Cardrona Hotel South Island
Address: Crown Range Road . RD1, Wanaka, New Zealand