Friday, May 30, 2008

When Old Age is a Good Thing

Cardrona Hotel, 2007. Ajr.
Welcome to one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand – Cardrona Hotel. Nestled in to the base of the Crown Range twenty minutes from Wanaka, the Cardrona has a legendary reputation as a popular après-ski hangout. It’s within sneezing distance of five ski fields; I guess that helps. Established in 1863 it’s one of the country’s oldest hotels and with its memorabilia displays, roaring fires and hearty meals it has a quirky, rustic appeal that seems to endure. Now, with a fresh, refurbished face, it’s priming itself for the 2008 ski season. The mulled wine is probably being prepared ‘as we speak.’

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