Picture this. You wake on a 400 hectare high country adventure station in New Zealand’s South Island, a mere 12 minute drive to the nearest lift  at Cardrona Alpine Resort and 15 minutes to the lakeside alpine town of Wanaka.

Better yet, the deed to the architecturally-designed home you’ve woken in, is yours.

Regular skiers and snowboarders to New Zealand already know that obtaining property or even accommodation this close to ski area  lifts is nigh on impossible. Until now.

A new development on a sunny plateau above the Cardrona Valley is offering a year-round lifestyle property option for would-be residents and investors. Mt Cardrona Station is a purpose-built series of intimate residential precincts that together form a mountain community with exclusive access to 400 hectares of adventure wilderness.

The concept is simple, buy land now and you have five years to build, or buy a land and property package and choose from pre-designed homes from premium architects Leuschke Group, built by award-winning Wanaka builder CDL Building and with landscape design from the Baxter Group – or pick your own design and builder. Easy.

Then live here year-round, use as a holiday home or rent out for holiday makers.

The community

The Rose at Pioneer Neighbourhood.

Mt Cardrona Station is the brainchild of ski mountaineer and photographer Chris Morton and business partner Andrew Spencer. The $650 million development premise is simple, a resident village with an exclusive “right to roam” the alpine station. Owners can walk five minutes to coffee or wander for four hours in the wide-open spaces.

Residents have private access to 30kms of bike and hiking trails with views for days on Mt Cardrona Station high country.

The community centres around The Homestead, a central destination with all day dining, workspaces, meeting rooms, hot tubs, gym, swimming pool and a local “tarn” (Kiwi’s version of a billabong).

There’s even a Club Room for owners akin to a private lounge for biking and skiing après, and for skiers and boarders there will be a dedicated ski area transfer service throughout the season so you won’t even need to drive.

The Homestead at Mt Cardrona Station.

All this with Cardrona Alpine Resort in your backyard and dedicated cross country resort, Snow Farm, on the doorstep. Need more? Treble Cone is 50 minutes down the road and Queenstown and Coronet Peak and The Remarkables around an hour or so in the other direction.

Consider Mt Cardrona Station your personal mountain base camp for an adventure lifestyle to boast about.

The neighbourhood land sites on offer

Mt Cardrona Station has four distinct neighbourhoods each named with historical reference to famed local families and settlers within the region.

Walter Little

For those who want more space, you’ll find the largest lots in this neighbourhood, with 800sqm sites with unobstructed views of the Mt Cardrona Range.

Little Meg

Love convenience? You’ll be just 300 metres from the village where all the amenities can be found and your north facing land site will be between 350sqm and 550sqm.

The Pioneer

North facing house and land packages, all you have to decide is which one of the three housing designs on offer you’d like. There are 26 house and land packages with homes designed in reference to surrounding landscape, inspired by the regions mining cottages and farmhouse history.

The Rose is a 3 or 4 bedroom climate conscious home in schist and timber, The Pisa is barn style and The Soho early miners’ cottage style. Expect drying facilities and bike racks in each property.

The Ridges

You’ll have the alpine village at your front door and the Mt Cardrona Station reserve out your back door with 26 land-only sites ranging from 280sqm to 570sqm on offer and three concept house and landscape designs also available.

How much?

All this and a mountain lifestyle from NZD$495,000 land only and NZD$1.4m land and house option. That’s around AUD $450k and AUD $1.27m. Half the median price of a house in Sydney CBD in the last 12 months.

Find out more here. 

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