New Zealand’s Largest Alpine Resort Announced
By Justine Tyerman

Attention all skiers and snowboarders! The announcement we’ve been praying for, here in New Zealand anyway, has finally taken place. There’s been dancing in the streets of Wanaka and crazy antics in the mountains.

Cardrona General Manager Bridget Legnavsky, and Real Journeys CEO Richard Lauder last week announced a partnership between Real Journeys Group, the owners of Cardrona Alpine Resort and Queenstown businessman John Darby who owns Soho Basin, to create the largest Alpine Resort in New Zealand. Cardrona and Soho are located between Wanaka and Queenstown in the South Island and adjoin each other providing easy access between the two.

This is seriously exciting news for skiers as Cardrona will effectively more than double in size to over 900ha of skiable terrain. Access to the Soho Ski Area, currently serviced by snow cats, will be from the top of Cardrona’s recently-installed McDougall’s Chondola, with facility development at the top of the mountain to support this.

Soho Basin faces Queenstown and covers all the southern and south-west faces of Mt Cardrona, and includes the two Willow Basins that directly adjoin Cardrona Alpine Resort’s southern boundary. Soho Basin will add an additional 500ha of high altitude skiable terrain, offering up to 500 vertical metres of skiing.

I’m heading down that way soon so watch this space . . .

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Contributing Editor Justine Tyerman is an award-winning travel writer, journalist and sub-editor from Gisborne, New Zealand, with 20 years’ experience in newspaper and freelance work. Check out her work at and Tyerman’s Travels Facebook.