Cardrona Mountain Carting

Cardrona Alpine Resort is the only place in New Zealand where you can go mountain carting... this is one for your summer bucket list!

Experience gravity-fuelled excitement on New Zealand’s only mountain carts! With three carting tracks to choose from, you can explore the mountain your way. Take in the alpine scenery on a leisurely roll or race down the mountain and master the art of drifting around bends before riding the lift back to the top for another lap. No prior carting experience is needed, just a sense of adventure and a thirst for FUN!

  • Carting sessions last for 2 hours with multiple trails to choose from
  • Action and excitement for all ages
  • Unique to Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • Stop and take in the view or race your mates
  • Food and beverage facilities available on site

Our carts are taking a break for the season. See you next Summer!



 Mountain Carting - Summer 22/23

Adult Child (8-14yrs / 100cm+)
2hr Cart + Lift $145 $80
2hr Cart Only (if you have a lift pass) $80 $80

Kids under 100cm can ride tandem with an adult - please note the combined weight per cart must not exceed 110kg

Mountain Carting - Kids under 8yrs With a paying adult
"Carting Buddy" pass - 6 & 7 years $25
5 years and under FREE

More Information

Experience the buzz as you race down a mountain racecourse in a three-wheeled, downhill gravity cart and leave your mates in a trail of dust!

The Cardrona summer season runs from December 10th until March 3rd.  Operating 7 days a week from December 26th-January 22nd (Closed Christmas day). And 5 days a week (Thurs-Mon) from December 10th- December 24th and January 23rd - March 3rd 2024.

Booking Information

  • Kids must be 8 years old and 100cm+ tall to ride on their own cart – kids younger or shorter can ride tandem with an adult. Please note that a $25 “carting buddy” rate may apply, and the combined weight per cart must not exceed 110kg
  • Kids under 12 years must mountain cart with a responsible adult
  • When booking your carting session, choose your cart based on your height
  • All safety equipment will be provided. You’ll be given overalls, full-face helmet, and gloves
  • Please wear covered footwear and bring warm clothing layers
  • All mountain carters must read and sign a waiver and watch the safety briefing video before their session
  • Bookings are strongly recommended and subject to availability
  • Lift operations are subject to weather
  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your booked session

About the Carts

  • German engineered carts are alpine specialised for performance, comfort and safety
  • Low centre of gravity and wide wheelbase that enables high stability
  • Hydraulic disc brakes means security even on steeper tracks
  • Ergonomic design allows for a relaxed and comfortable sitting position
  • High-quality aluminium construction makes for easy handling


50 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka, Cardrona, New Zealand.

We are a 58km scenic drive from Queenstown over the Crowne Range. You’ll find us off the main highway up the 13km gravel road. Please allow plenty of time for driving up the mountain road as conditions do change.

Have any questions about mountain carting at Cardrona? Contact our friendly Guest Services team for more info! called this “the coolest thing to do in New Zealand”, and now it’s your turn to find out why...

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