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Cardrona First Timer Package

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    What to Expect
    With facilities like our Learner Conveyor tunnel, a Beginners’ Area close to our Base, gentle learner runs, a dedicated Kids’ Conveyor, & of course our amazing Snow Sports School, there’s no better place to learn to ski or snowboard!

    Cardrona’s First Timer packages are a great introduction to the sport & are the most cost-effective way to learn how to ski or snowboard. Our First Timer lesson packages include Beginners’ Area lift passes, rental equipment & 4.5 hours of lessons. Get yourself an All Inclusive pack to add in our clothing & accessories bundle (jacket, pants, helmet, goggles & gloves). First Timer packages are for people who have NEVER EVER been on snow before.

    Your First Timer package includes a single uplift on McDougall's Chondola in the afternoon - get to the top of the mountain on your very first day! Snap that pic for your friends to give them all FOMO & take on our green beginner run back to Base or jump back in a gondola cabin and cruise back in comfort!
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Cardrona Alpine Resort
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    • 2 lessons (2hr & 2.5hr)
    • Beginner lift pass
    • Ski/Snowboard rental
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Transportation to/from resort
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • We recommend arriving at 9am to allow time for fitting rentals prior to Snow School check-in at 10am (or get fitted the night before at our Wanaka or Queenstown rental shops!)
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 999 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Booked the first timers snowboarding package with my boyfriend earlier this month, which offered a full day of lessons. Our instructor was Alistair who made our day. I really struggled with getting the hang of snowboarding and was almost at the point of giving up as I watched
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    Response from Jen H, Communications at Cardrona First Timer Package
    Responded 28 Oct 2019
    Heather, this is one amazing review for the lovely Alistair! We've passed this on to him and the Snow Sports School supervisors so everyone knows how great he is :) We hope to see you back again next winter for your next time on your board!
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    We had a fantastic day, all the staff were very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Our ski instructor, Caleb particularly derseves special mention. I would return based on the experience he provided. The only drawback I feel is that I feel that the food at the cafe was
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    Response from Jen H, Communications at Cardrona First Timer Package
    Responded 5 Nov 2019
    Thanks so much for taking the time to write us a review, Benthevet. We're stoked you had a great day up here and hope to see you back again soon! We have taken your feedback on board and passed it on to the relevant heads of departments. We've also passed on your kind words to Caleb! Thanks again :)
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    We had two days in Cardrona ski field, if you’re first timer/beginner I’d highly recommend the lesson packages. We did the 2 days package, my husband snowboard and I ski. Sophie was my instructor for both days (just got lucky!) and she was super. Very patient and look after you.
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    Response from Jen H, Communications at Cardrona First Timer Package
    Responded 5 Nov 2019
    How amazing is Sophie, right!? Thank you so much for your lovely words, Vickstarc - we've passed them on to the wonderful Sophie <3 It's great to hear you had such a great time up here. We hope to see you back up here soon!
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    After the first day of all of us doing the beginners package with lessons (excellent value) we were hooked. My 14 year old is on the blue trails after 2 days on his board loving it, my 8 and 6 year old are skiing faster than me! I have to hurry to keep up! We are already
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    Great place for first time ski learner. The lesson is around 10 person in a group. The trainer was really good she make sure everyone know how to ski and teach us patiently. Will go back again. Highly recommended!!!
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    Response from Jen H, Communications at Cardrona First Timer Package
    Responded 18 Aug 2019
    Thanks so much, Kelvin!! We're stoked you had a great time learning to ski here. Hope to see you again soon :)
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    About the operator
    By: Cardrona Alpine Resort
    718 reviews
    Certificate of Excellence
    Alexandra, New Zealand
    Great Day Out. Fantastic Views
    We went for the walking trails. Took chair from resort base and walked around the tops. Best views by far and
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    Beautiful stargazing, Incredible food
    We had a wonderful evening a few nights ago. Beautiful 3 course meal and insane sunset from the mountain! Followed
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    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    Stargazing fun
    This tour is an incredible activity to do with both a partner (for a romantic evening) or for a bit of fun with
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    Stargazing perfect for a date
    Although we went there as a group - it's definitely something I'd recommend to do with your other half or family.
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    Wanaka, New Zealand
    Stargazing stars
    Great 3 course meal.Funnyand pretty casual but informative stargazing guides. Full moon and some amazing sights
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    Unbeatable star gazing
    We took a family trip including return transfers to Queenstown and a three course dinner just before New Years
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    Tzaneen, South Africa
    Well worth every cent
    Did the carting and it was brilliant. Well worth the money. Despite the freezing conditions we enjoyed it
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    Koen M
    Antwerp, Belgium
    Good for all
    Cardrona Alpine Resort is an optimal snow resort for the whole family. Young and old. An ideal resort for the
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    Wanaka, New Zealand
    Awesome view
    My Mum use to ski & wanted to go up to see Cardrona. The day was as perfect as you could ever want. Beautiful blue
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    Manila, Philippines
    Fav mountain in NZ so far!
    Love love love visiting Cardrona. So many runs to choose from, of all skill levels, and i never ever tire of being
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    Adelaide, Australia
    No designated kids play Zone
    Unless you’re here to ski/snowboard there is not much else for you. Being non-skiers from overseas our kids just
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    Caboolture, Australia
    2 Days learning to ski at Cardrona
    My wife and I spent 2 days at Cardrona (staying in Queenstown) on our first skiing experience. We took the 1 Day
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    Mortlake, Australia
    Great fun and lots of great options.
    This is a great way to spend a day. We took a snowboarding lesson in the morning and then worked on our own in
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    Alistair, you deserve a payrise
    Booked the first timers snowboarding package with my boyfriend earlier this month, which offered a full day of
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    David M
    Brisbane, Australia
    Walking out of your apartment and onto the slopes is priceless
    This was our first family ski trip and no one went home disappointed. The apartments were really well fit out and
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