Cardrona Photo credit: Cardrona Hotel

Sitting pretty on the Crown Range road between Wanaka and Queenstown is the small village of Cardrona.

Established during the 1860s during the gold rush, the distinctive Cardrona Hotel and the Cardrona Hall and Church have a vintage charm. They’re a must-see in New Zealand if you’re interested in gold rush history, or a good beer in a good old fashioned bar.

Just a short drive away from Wanaka or Queenstown, Cardrona is hugely popular during the winter months. Cardrona Ski Field and Waiorau Snow Farm boast great views and fantastic skiing and boarding. Cardrona Ski Field also opens up during Summer months for mountain biking.

The iconic Race to the Sky takes place in Cardrona; the world’s longest gravel hill climb, over 100 cars and bikes race to the top to claim the sought after ‘King of the Hill’ title.

June, July and August see car companies descend upon the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds in Cardona for extreme cold weather testing. The only facility in the world to offer winter testing June through to September, companies come here to test their latest cars, tyres and technology in freezing conditions.

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