cardrona valley road, cardrona, central otago
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Why: We visited one cool afternoon for a hearty meal by the fire, and a real sense of southern hospitality and the history of this place.
What’s more: The focus here is on serving traditional pub favourites but with a twist, and there’s lots of seasonal produce from the Central Otago region. The nachos are pretty famous and try any pie that’s on offer. And, when it’s the end of the ski day, you’ll be joined by a bunch of skiers making apres-ski memories.
What else: One good thing to do here - as the name suggests, you’re in the Cardrona valley, at the base of the Crown Range Hill between Wanaka and Queenstown. It’s hard to resist a drive up to the ski field behind the hotel, winter or summer time for a look and a view. And there’s a little Cardona history to explore, just walking around the little settlement along from the hotel.