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Small-Group Gold Discovery Horse Riding in Cardrona Valley

  • 2-hour horseback ride in the Cardrona Valley
  • Admire views over the Cardrona Valley, Wanaka Lake and the Crown Range
  • Hear tales of New Zealand’s 19th-century gold rush
Small-Group Gold Discovery Horse Riding in Cardrona Valley
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Small-Group Gold Discovery Horse Riding in Cardrona Valley
Saddle up for a 2-hour horseback ride through the wild landscapes of the Cardrona Valley. Trace the path of the 19th-century gold rush, climb the mountains for a thrilling view over Wanaka Lake, and trot or gallop through the valley plains. Rides can be tailored for all levels, from complete beginners to experienced riders.
What to Expect
Make your own way to Cardrona Distillery, around 20 minutes drive from Wanaka or 45 minutes drive from Queenstown, to begin your tour. After meeting your instructor, you’ll be introduced to the club’s equine residents and matched with a suitable horse – there are a variety of breeds, sizes, and temperaments to suit all levels, including first-time riders, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect partner. Then, mount up and learn the basics of stopping and steering your horse before heading out on the trails.

Set out on a 2-hour trail ride through the Cardrona valley and enjoy an adventurous route, crossing streams, climbing mountain lanes, and passing traditional farms. Along the way, learn more about the region’s fascinating history, and hear tales of the 19th-century gold rush that swept the area. There will be plenty of time to pose for photos and admire the views before heading back.

After safely returning to the stables and bidding your horse farewell, your tour finishes back at the Cardrona Distillery.
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Beautiful horses with beautiful views!

Kelly and Sam were super friendly and accomodating. My friend and I had such a fun ride with Sam as our tour guide. The young horse I rode was super enthusiastic, gentle and sure-footed. Thanks so much for showing us such a lovely adventure!

Thank Stefanie B
Reviewed 1 week ago
Must do

Kelly was fabulous , and very informative about the history of Cardona. My horse Dan was lovely and so will trained. Definitely recommend the experience .

Thank GlobeTrotting814653
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fun, exciting time to spend in Cardrona

Perfect start of the day, beautiful views, knowledgeable tour guide Kelly- just a few facts that should make everyone want to do this horse trek tour! We really enjoyed every moment of it from start to the end. It was a great challenge for us...More

1  Thank Jolita V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A Must Do

Our first horse riding experience and will definitely return. Really friendly environment set amid the most beautiful scenery. Our guide Ally was great fun, really helpful for us beginners, and full of information about the local area and its history. Really was a highlight of...More

1  Thank NevM21
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Fantastic morning !

Thanks Kelly! You made our horse ride so relaxing, chatting and laughing, we were nervous beginners that’s for sure, but at the end we felt we’d had the most fun and an adventure, not to mention the breathtaking surroundings. And a big thanks to Pat...More

1  Thank beachbum2211
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