Home To Roam: Mt Cardrona Station

Introducing an exclusive opportunity to secure high-country living at its finest.

By Stephen Corby 23/09/2021

The world holds plenty of breathtaking and eye-wateringly beautiful places that are lovely to visit. But few are so truly wondrous that they make you ponder actually moving there.
Or, at the least, establish a second home.

For many, particularly skiers, the South Island of New Zealand is an area of such allure—a call to a unique slice of nature that comes framed by adventure, alps and exploration. And of everything on offer, there is the perfect pocket that many visitors, New Zealanders and Australians alike, keep returning to—the sparkling Cardrona Valley in Central Otago.

The thing about these big, open spaces is that, when you look down on them from, say, an elevated perch such as the gondola at Cardrona Alpine Ski Resort, they seem to contain a sparse choice of homes to make your own.

Fortunately, an opportunity to do so is now available. Mt Cardrona Station is an unprecedented and thoughtful new development that will ultimately see 400 homes come to gently settle in the area, with first-release land packages (up to 810 square metres) now available.

Sure, the stunning township of Wanaka and its offerings rest just 15 minutes’ drive away, the international hub that is Queenstown and its lauded ways 45 minutes, but it’s here, close to the cosy perfection of the historic Cardrona Hotel, that you want to stake your claim.

Set to be a showcase of urban-rural living at its finest, Mt Cardrona Station presents sophisticated, contemporary homes boasting architecturally sympathetic designs that blend into the dramatic tussock- and matagouri-covered plateaus of the valley. Homes by award-winning Leuschke Group Architects—and complemented by landscaping by Baxter Design—are framed by guidelines that will seamlessly link the new neighbourhoods while also allowing scope for individual flourishes; owners who’ve bought land can build their personal designs, provided they fit within the existing aesthetic framework.

 

Of these initial releases, Walter Little is the Station’s premier neighbourhood, sitting high above the Station’s northern precinct with the lowest density lots, each offering around 800 square metres of opportunity and a daily chance to soak in uninterrupted views of the Cardrona Range. Elsewhere, the Little Meg neighbourhood is another land-only proposition (350-550 square metres) and one central to all facilities, and a mere 300 metres walk to the village.

The Homestead is the village’s heart, offering all-day dining, indoor and outdoor spaces, remote working and meeting areas, all framed by majestic views across the valley. The Adventure Centre, meanwhile, means a full gym and fitness spaces, outdoor hot pools and a swimming pool, with tennis court and kids playground. A bike and ski workshop will also inform the village—so too the Station Club, an exclusive offering to owners where they can come together to connect or explore the day’s adventures. Ski transfers to Cardrona Alpine Resort are also provided.

While Mt Cardrona Station is a chance to indulge in sophisticated resort-style living, what’s being built here at the foot of the ski fields—which also boasts access to 400 hectares of high country, 30 kilometres of hiking and bike trails—is community. In fact, it’s a fitting extension to what’s gone before; the gold rush poured people into the area in the early 1860s, and those hardy souls built a thriving township of more than 1,000 by the late 1870s. Once gold fever waned, people stayed, and the Cardrona Valley became farming country. Sheep stations cover much of the Criffel Range and Mt Cardrona side of this still golden valley.

The much-loved Cardrona Hotel, with its time-worn, welcoming interior has a strong connection to that history, though today it’s the call of the scenic wild country that holds the most allure—from a simple drive along the unforgettable Crown Range Road to various snow sports, mountain biking, mountain carting, hiking, fishing and more.

Just 50 minutes down the road from Mt Cardrona Station sits another of New Zealand’s very best snow-play areas—Treble Cone. And with Cardrona Alpine Resort and TC (as it’s best known) under the same ownership, season-ticket holders secure access to both with a singular pass.

It’s hard to overstate what a unique opportunity Mt Cardrona Station offers. New Zealanders who’ve been playing at Cardrona for decades know how rare a development like this is; for Australians, it’s analogous to snapping up those first house-and-land packages at Thredbo or Falls Creek.

Mt Cardrona Station is truly a paradise—one of those special places in the world you’ll visit and then want to stay.

House and land packages available from October; mtcardronastation.co.nz

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