Cardrona is a small village on the crown range between Queenstown and Wānaka. It has a historic hotel (pub), built during the gold rush era, and a well known ski resort.
My favorite parts about “The Battle of Five Armies” were the moments where you could clearly see that we were looking at New Zealand. That it wasn’t done in post, it wasn’t CGI, it was the beautiful, incredible creation of Mother Nature in all of her splendor. - Evangeline Lilly, on filming THE HOBBIT trilogy