Cardrona, New Zealand

10 weeks | £7500 Early Booking Discount | Start - 13th July - End - 21st Sept 2014

Cardrona Alpine Resort is located between Wanaka and Queenstown in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. It is the highest resort in the area, spanning two basins and offers wide open slopes, perfect for setting skiers and snowboarders up for success. A fun, friendly resort, facilities cater for kids and adults new to skiing and snowboarding right through to high performance athletes, instructor trainees and everyone in between. The world renowned Cardrona Parks are cutting edge and include an Olympic size half pipe and the longest terrain park in New Zealand, making it a popular playground for freestyle skiers and snowboarders.

See why we are the most the most established Instructor Training Company in New Zealand

Our courses provide the opportunity for you to experience Wanaka and train at Cardrona, New Zealand's premier ski resort with it's amazing people and culture. This course is scheduled to fit in between "A" level and University start dates. So, if you're thinking of an exciting way to kick off your gap year, a new career in snowsports instruction, or simply an extraordinary way to spend your summer, you can gain your NZSIA or SBINZ Level 1 & 2 qualifications in readiness to work the winter ski season! This programme allows for an optional 2 extra days at the end of the course for you to relax, wind down and have some more fun time skiing / snowboarding after the Level 2 exam.

what makes this programme so special?

Our courses are co-ordinated by the Cardrona Instructor Training Centre, which has their most highly qualified, motivated and experienced NZSIA qualified trainers and examiners working full time for you. This includes five current or ex New Zealand Demonstration Team members and a number of senior ski and snowboard examiners. The courses are overseen by Bridget Legnavsky, Cardrona Snowsports Manager who has been part of the NZSIA demonstration team since 1996 and current author of the NZSIA Ski Division Manual. You will not get the same level of professionalism or influence in New Zealand skiing, than what we offer through our courses in Cardrona.

the courses

The 10 week ski or snowboard instructor courses are suitable for strong intermediate to advanced levels. You must be able to perform parallel turns (skiing) or link turns (snowboarding) on a red run with confidence and control to undertake the course. Why does our particular programme at Cardrona stand out from other ski & snowboard instructor courses in NZ? Here are a few key reasons:

"Become a Cardrona Instructor". You will get shadowing experience, career development training, networks with northern hemisphere employers and a realistic opportunity to get work back at Cardrona in the future. You will have locker rooms and use of ski and snowboard school lift line priority. "The terrain" provides home ground advantage and you will train where you will sit the exam! At Cardrona, freestyle building blocks are available in the world class terrain park and Olympic half pipe. To become employed these days as a new instructor, it is an advantage to have freestyle skills.

In short, you will be fully involved within the Cardrona Instructor Training Centre in order to get the most out of the training programme provided and to be successful.

resort details

  • Located between Wanaka & Queenstown in the Southern Alps of New Zealand
  • High resort renowned for dry, natural snow
  • Wide open slopes
  • Purpose built facilities
  • 2 terrain park trails
  • Pipe park with 4 halfpipes
  • 800m culpted gravity cross course
  • 1000m terrain park consisting of rails, fun boxes and a range of jumps and table features
  • Base elevation of 1670m above sea level
  • Season runs from June to October
  • Cardrona hosts a number of national and international events throughout the season

Ready for the experience?

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more than just training!

There are many optional activities you can do in resort including heli-skiing, sky diving, bungy jumping, or simply just going down the gym.

getting to Cardrona

Flights to/from New Zealand are not included in the price. These can be booked by yourself independently to/from Queenstown or we can organise your flights for you through our aviation department. You may wish to spend more time travelling in New Zealand either before or after your course and we can arrange your flights to meet your requirements.



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“The trip as a whole was an amazing experience, and one I would definitely do again if the chance arose! I have made many new friends in the process, where a number of us have already planned to go on a holiday together. The training that was given out in New Zealand was outstanding, and all of the trainers deserve a big thank you for their commitment in making us all ski/snowboard instructors.”
Andrew Davidson, age 20, Cardrona 2007

"It was great to have such fantastic training and meet new friends. I have potentially secured a job at Cardrona Ski School for next season which is a credit to the instructors and my ability. The main highlight has to be passing Levels 1 & 2!"
Becky Plunkett Cardrona 2010

Definitely better than I expected - IA offers a lot better product and level of service than other providers in resort. Neil Dugan, age 18, Cardrona 2008.
Kate Royle, age 19, 2007





The New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance (NZSIA) has been training and certifying ski and snowboard instructors since 1971. It is a first class organisation that awards worldwide recognised skiing and snowboarding qualifications. Read more...


Meet the Team >

Ben Adams

Cardrona Pro Skiier.

Bob Irwin

Cardrona Pro Skiier.

Dave Taylor

Cardrona Pro Skiier.

Rachel Milner

Cardrona Pro Skiier.

Kyle Kostohris

Cardrona Pro Skiier.

how to book

Contact Us

If you're interested in one of our courses or want to book a course, contact us or call us on 02380 206 977 during office hours - we'd love to talk to you.