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Small-Group Gold Discovery Horse Riding in Cardrona Valley provided by The Cardrona

Small-Group Gold Discovery Horse Riding in Cardrona Valley

Small-Group Gold Discovery Horse Riding in Cardrona Valley
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About
The Crown Range Road is the highest highway in New Zealand, winding through the dramatic landscapes of the Cardrona Valley. On this tour, take an alternative route and soak up the scenery from the saddle on a thrilling horseback riding adventure. Ride along forest trails and through mountain valleys, take in views of Wanaka Lake and the Crown Range, and if you’re a more experienced rider, enjoy trotting or galloping along the plains.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Spectacular views over the Cardrona Valley from horseback
  • Pass gold rush towns and see the famous Crown Range highway
  • Rides adapted to your ability: suitable for complete beginners
  • Personalized experience with a small group of up to six
What to expect
  • Make your own way to Cardrona Distillery 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 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Spectacular views over the Cardrona Valley from horseback
  • Pass gold rush towns and see the famous Crown Range highway
  • Rides adapted to your ability: suitable for complete beginners
  • Personalized experience with a small group of up to six
What to expect
  • Make your own way to Cardrona Distillery 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 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 8706P3
Call +6037-7240250
Important information
Inclusions
  • Guided Tour
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Wanaka, Wanaka, Otago Region, South Island
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • **PLEASE SPECIFY YOUR HORSE RIDING ABILITY UPON BOOKING SO WE CAN SELECT THE APPROPRIATE HORSES FOR YOUR RIDE**
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travellers
Inclusions
  • Guided Tour
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Departure details
  • Wanaka, Wanaka, Otago Region, South Island
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • **PLEASE SPECIFY YOUR HORSE RIDING ABILITY UPON BOOKING SO WE CAN SELECT THE APPROPRIATE HORSES FOR YOUR RIDE**
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travellers
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Jacqueline Y
Singapore, Singapore51 contributions
Gorgeous, fantastic guides, got my five year old son riding for two hours!
Sam was such a wonderful guide, taking the lead for my five year old son who was a first time rider. She knew exactly when he was ready to trot and coached him through perfectly. Gorgeous scenery with sheep in lambing season, cows and their calves and gorgeous mountains/farmland. Absolutely recommend for other young families!
Written 25 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kikki
Auckland, New Zealand284 contributions
Fascinating history and great horses
Jul 2021
We are experienced riders but after a very bad accident, I am easing myself back into the lighter side of equestrian activities. This was perfect. We both had sprightly steeds: not too docile that it was boring and not too feisty that I was a bit edgy.
The history of the area is worth the ride on its own: what a shame that everyone doesn't have access to their knowledge of the goldmining and past events in the Valley. It was excellent.
We did get a chance to canter and the horses were awesome.
Highly recommend this ride for the history AND for the fun of horse riding.
Written 3 August 2021
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Kate R
3 contributions
Fun Tuesday
Jul 2021 • Family
We had such an awesome time. Toby (my horse) and Sam (our leader) we amazing!
My daughter loved it too.
Written 28 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Bec
3 contributions
Do this.
Do this with your children. What you won’t see is seeing your child put on a horse and lead around a paddock. What you will see, is your child riding their own horse, making an essential connection on their own, and feeling a sense of freedom they’ve never had before. This was an amazing experience for us as a family, and also as individuals. All beginners, and all feeling empowered along the way. Thank you so much Kel and Ris.
Written 8 June 2021
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Alex
Mackay, Australia9 contributions
Adventurous horse ride in Cardrona Valley
Apr 2021
This is a wonderful 1.5 hour horse ride including a little lesson at the start of how to ride the horses. The scenery was stunning and the ride included crossing a river (twice!) and some trots. We were even lucky enough to meet (and maybe accidentally herd) some cows! Sam was very patient with all of us, informative and even took some great photos of us all at the same time! They have a beautiful welcoming committee that includes a cat and 2 dogs (the cat does not give you an option).

Also a tip: well worth it to go to the Cardrona Hotel for breakfast before the trek.
Written 8 May 2021
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J King
1 contribution
Lovely people and ponies!
Apr 2021 • Couples
Wicked trek - Sam catered to our different skill sets with ease (and so did our steeds Angus and Pat). Thoroughly enjoyed the journey, scenery and bits of history scattered in. Amazing photos, thank you so much!
Thanks also to Mikayla!
Written 18 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Elow2301
Strasbourg, France4 contributions
Great day with Friends and Horses
Jan 2021 • Friends
Awesome way to start the day. Felt so lucky to horse trekking in the stunning Cardrona Valley. It was definitely one of the best ride that we have done. Sun was shinning which made the ride even more enjoyable. It wasn’t boring at all, even for beginners. We had few river crossing, met some sheep along the way and explored stunning sceneries, up and down hill. We also did several brillant trots and canters. Horses were gentle and well trained. Sam our guide welcomed us and looked after us very well. She’s well organised and professional. Sheds and equipment are well looked after. Everything was spotless. Thank you Sam and her Team for the awesome experience. We would recommend anyone to do this activity if you wanna take some high and immerse yourself in History and Nature.
Written 29 January 2021
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Karli
New Zealand2 contributions
Absolutely a MUST DO when in Cardrona Valley
Jan 2021 • Friends
Amazing experience. We had Sam as a guide and she was such a sweet one. She explained everything about the horses and everyone felt comfortable and safe even tho some of us never have been on a horse.
We got to enjoy the beautiful Cardrona Valley with amazing views, some informations about the mining times and on top of awesome horses.
So glad we made time to do it and Thank you Sam for an unforgettable experience 😊
Written 29 January 2021
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Sonja C
Invercargill13 contributions
Another great experience
My 7 year old daughter and I did this ride last year she and I both enjoyed it so much I promised her we would be back. We had Sam as our guide this time and she was just great!! She made us fell comfortable and really at home. The horses are well cared for, have wonderful temperaments and our trek was so much fun. Sam is knowledgeable about the place, the horses, and is a fab person to have as a guide. I would thoroughly recommend this tour to anybody who is just a beginner through to experienced riders. With the professionalism of the trek and the breathtaking views this is an activity not to be missed. Thanks team, another great experience and one that will keep Maddi and I coming back.
Written 16 January 2021
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benn377
7 contributions
Awesome
Jan 2021 • Friends
Have done this three times highly recommend caters to all levels of riders and makes it easy for any level of rider including those who are infrequent
Written 6 January 2021
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HarrietteD1998
HarrietteD1998
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Amazing experience
Amazing trek on such a beautiful day! The horses were absolutely lovely and the views were stunning. Sam our guide
lhans11
lhans11
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Amazing guide, beautiful horses
We had an absolutely amazing time on our Horse Trek! Stunning location. Our guide Sam was fantastic - super friendl
10domw
10domw
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Perfect afternoon in Cardrona
We were recommended as a must-do whilst in Wanaka, and it did not disappoint. My partner and I had a great time wit
heatherpT5848WQ
heatherpT5848WQ
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Top Experience on a Top Beat Ride
Absolutely wonderful morning riding with Kelly on a private "Top Beat" ride. Lou is a beautiful, forward moving hor
Peter A
Peter A
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The best afternoon adventure
We spent about three and a half hours with Sam who took us from novices to bring able to canter through the high co
skikiwi_58
skikiwi_58
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Must do in Wanaka!
Had lots of fun on the horses with my family, learnt plenty of new things about the history of Cardrona, went throu
LaurenNZL
LaurenNZL
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Epic family adventure
We did this in our family group and Kelly and Sam went over and above to ensure we had an Epic morning out. Thanks
Philip C
Philip C
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Amazing experience Quad Bike Riding
Had the most amazing three hours on the Quad Bikes - never done it before so no idea what to expect but was fantast
cmlnz
cmlnz
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Great Way to See Cardrona Valley
Had an amazing experience horse trekking in the great NZ outdoors! This track in particular was beautiful and Kelly
KiwiFia
KiwiFia
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A great place for a quad bike ride
We had a great quad bike ride today. From the floor of the valley, to the skyline. Through grassy farmland, and tus
Sommerthefulltimewar
Sommerthefulltimewar
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Wicked!
We took a Hen’s do here. Absolutely awesome activity, super staff and so welcoming. Horses are well kept and are a
Culture416517
Culture416517
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Great fun and mind blowing scenery for all skills levels
We did the quad biking and it was an absolutely iconic trip with scenery that will blow your mind. Really great
Susan H
Susan H
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Can canter
My daughter is an experienced rider and loved this trek. They had opportunities to canter. Good horses and experien
Horsies123
Horsies123
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Once in a life time ride
So well organised. Once in a life time adventure for our mostly novice crew. Our guide Kim was so experienced and s
Sean_Con95
Sean_Con95
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Sunny horse trek
Had a fabulous time on this horse trek. Our guides were super friendly and knowledgeable and really made the experi
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