Cardrona Valley

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The road along Cardrona Valley can take you to all kinds of active adventures or a great meal at the historic hotel.

The beautifully scenic road along Cardrona Valley merges with the route over the Crown Range which, at 1121 metres, is the highest main road in New Zealand.

Abuzz during the Otago gold rush of the 1860s, Cardrona's name is now synonymous with white treasure - the snow that covers the world-class Cardrona Alpine Resort ski field and Waiorau Snow Farm, a Nordic ski area.

With trails open for hiking and mountain biking in the warmer months, the Cardrona Valley is a popular route for those wanting to combine some adventure activity with a scenic drive. Back country horse treks are also available in the valley.

Cardrona Valley has a fascinating history. Be sure to check out the famous Cardrona Hotel (very reliable for a good meal and a pint) and the much-loved Cardrona Hall and Church. The hall hosts the annual Cardrona Folk Music Festival, which is held on Labour Weekend in October.

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