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Small-Group Gold Discovery Horse Riding in Cardrona Valley
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Small-Group Gold Discovery Horse Riding in Cardrona Valley

By The Cardrona
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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.
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Ages 5-99, max of 7 per group
Duration: 2h
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Live guide: English
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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

  • Guided Tour
What's not included
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)


Start:
  • 2125 Cardrona Valley Road, Cardrona 9382, New Zealand
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8706P3

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 5 years
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • 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

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    • The Cardrona
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      Wanaka, New Zealand
      Joined in March 2014
    • amandadL2587NT
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      Cardrona horse trek
      We had a 3 hour trek with Hannah as our guide. We had 3 fabulous horses (Lou, Denby and Willow) which were perfectly matched to our levels of experience. Hannah nicely structured the ride to make it interesting. A great and varied ride - the perfect way to explore the Cardrona countryside. A nice touch to tie up and call into the Cadrona Hotel for a beverage on the way home! Fantastic selection of photos to take home.
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    • Coastal258334
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      HIGHLY DO NOT RECOMMEND !
      POOR EXPERIENCE - DO NOT RECOMMEND .. Dads and 16 / 17 year olds did for the first time. All very physically fit. Poor safety instruction and hard to hear and short practice on flat lawn. Our daughter ended tumbling down a 25 ft embankment with the ATV rolling over her. Could have been catastrophic ! luckily only a few scrapes and whiplash. Another dad in the group of 9 broke his arm going off the ATV. We were shocked with the experience and that they did not want us to leave the office until we figured out how to pay for the ATV as they deemed it "totaled" ( although they drove it off) and also wanted coverage for day "out of service". We had to contact our insurance. Unbelievable ! BUYER BEWARE ! They said we signed the waiver .. .
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    • brownj424
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      Great horses, 10/10 guide
      Review for Kat Had a wonderful afternoon on a private riding tour with Kat. We brought a group of 7, most of us pretty inexperienced riders. Kat gave us a brief run-down on how to ride their horses, introduced us to our steeds, and we were shortly underway. We wound up through the hillside of an extensive ranch. The views across the valley were grabd, and Kat kept things exciting for us with intermittent opportunities to trot or canter. The tour was highlighted by a quick stop for a comp’d beverage at the village’s old bar/hotel, which has been beautifully maintained in its original style — a worthwhile destination. If you want to get a fix of riding, and get away from the main touristy hub of Queenstown, I can highly recommend, lots of fun!
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    • caseyleisa
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      A great adventure
      It was an amazing experience wonderful God she was so patient and very smart and intelligent and informative very well done
      Written 30 December 2023
    • Leyah05
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      Great Tour, Must do 👍🏽
      Fantastic experience on the quads with a great team of experienced instructors who made you feel at ease if it was your first time quad biking. Beautiful scenes, great experience, couldn’t recommend it enough. Even the scenic route to location was breathtaking. Definitely book if you’re looking for a fun activity to do whilst in Queenstown. Thank you Team Cardrona. We will be back !!
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    • SandrineU16
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      The High Country Pub Trail with Kel was absolutely amazing. I really had so much fun. We cantered a lot, which I appreciated a lot as an experienced rider, plus there is this beautiful scenery with lupin flowers, sheep, cows and deers which is just breathtaking. Kel is a great guide and I really liked her great energy. During the trek, she told me a lot about the history of the place, which I found very interesting. Dembe was such a lovely horse. I have to say that it was the best riding trek I've ever had so far. Thank you so much for this great experience, dear Kel!
      Written 25 December 2023
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      Quad biking at Cardrona
      Spent an hour with my 2 sons on Quad bikes with Kelly as our guide. The tour is a great one for younger kids & adults alike, riding through Cardrona’s amazing scenery If we return to NZ it’s somewhere we would visit again.
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      Amazing quad bike adventure! A must do if you are near Queenstown or Wanaka.
      The quad bike tour was fantastic. Great climbs (we climbed 1500m according to the guide), lots of small stream crossings, at times riding carefully through cows and sheep grazing. A few places to go a little faster too which was cool! What a great way to see the amazing views from one of a kind high vantage points! This is right up there with some of the best adventure experiences I’ve done. My 18 year old son and I both loved it. It was challenging, thrilling, and fun. Kelly was great to deal with when booking - great quick communication. She was accommodating and worked out starting earlier which worked great. Summer our guide was great too! She put everyone at ease and made sure we all had a great day - and we got great photos from the day. Highly recommend!
      Written 10 December 2023
    • Michelle H
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      Super fun pub ride!
      I had the best ride with Cadrona. I did the pub ride, which was an awesome blend of scenic views, river crossings, wandering through herds of sheep and even a cold beer at the iconic Cadrona Inn. Our group ended up consisting of all experienced riders and so we got to do a ton of cantering along the way - it was not the average trail ride. Our guide, Laura, did a great job of sharing interesting detail with us along the way. Highly recommend!
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    • Discover16320494633
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      Amazing experience
      A simply amazing adventure to share with my daughter. The whole experience and team were simply fantastic, the scenery was stunning, the horses beautiful and so friendly. I cannot recommend this enough.
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      Amazing ride!
      A stand-out trail ride! Lots of opportunities to trot and canter, but also accessible and comfortable for beginners. The special saddle and "monkey strap" made it easy for my partner (who's a novice rider) to feel safe and secure even while going fast. Summer was terrific.
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    • Culture782977
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      Amazing Family Trail Ride with Expert Guide
      We called at 9:30 this morning and they were able to accommodate us for a private trail ride at 12:30. We spoke to Kelly who was so kind and helpful! When we arrived, we were greeted by the great staff and given a quick lesson before we were fitted with helmets and headed out. Kelly was our guide and she was so patient and encouraging with my two kiddos (9 and 10) who are very beginner. Our ride was stunning - she went at our pace and gave us great history and background of the land and the area. She even snapped some fantastic pictures for us! Kelly’s horses are gorgeous, obviously very well cared for, and extremely well trained. I can’t recommend enough! 10/10
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    • Andrew M
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      We have had a wonderful morning with Emily’s team and your wonderful horses. Both my daughter and I have found the guides friendly and helpful, with excellent support throughout the ride. We never felt unsafe and once the weather cleared up, we also got to enjoy the stunning view. We loved the horses, they are easy to handle, and well matched to our riding abilities.
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    • Chrissy387
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      Great experience through the high country
      We had an excellent time on the quad bike tour today at Cardrona. Spent time in the beautiful back country of Cardrona. Kat and Kelly made the trip fun, interesting and safe . The trek can be a bit tricky in parts but you are never under any pressure to do more than you are comfortable and Kat is happy fir you to ride in the buggy for as much or as little as you want . The scenery is spectacular and the commentary interesting too.
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    George Eldridge
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2020 • Solo
    Had a fantastic time with Kelly on the Gold Discovery Horse Riding tour. Kelly was extremely helpful with teaching me to ride Wally, and very knowledgable when it came to history of Cardrona. She captured the moment perfectly with pictures and the views on the ride itself were stunning. Can’t recommend highly enough!
    Written 15 June 2020
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    Alex
    Mackay, Australia9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    Elow2301
    Strasbourg, France4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    Liz C
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2020 • Family
    Kelly’s horse trek adventure was so well organized with well cared for horses that meet all riding abilities. My two daughters (8,5) were able to gain confidence and try trotting and explore various areas of the Cardrona Valley. I’d highly recommend for all levels of riders who are looking for beautiful views on horseback with a ton of fun exploring!
    Written 27 May 2020
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    Sonja C
    Invercargill14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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    judecooney
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2022
    Fantastic experience for myself and my two children (8 & 10). Guide Kim was great, as a novice rider I felt very comfortable. My children have some riding experience and Kim was able to cater for them too. Stunning scenery, well worth it. Highly recommend, from booking to the ride.
    Written 1 May 2022
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    Liam G
    Canggu, Indonesia4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2020 • Couples
    WOW! I’ve been travelling to Queenstown regularly over the past 15 years and wish I had discovered this ride years ago. Undoubtedly the best of over a hundred horse treks I’ve been on in NZ. Lou and Danny(our horses) were the ideal match for us making the adventure the perfect experience! Can’t wait to get back down it the summer for another blast up the hill!
    Thanks so much to Sam who was the perfect guide with great chat and exceptional, one handed, backward facing photographic skills. The amazing photos and videos have made for some very envious friends.
    Written 10 August 2020
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    Karli
    New Zealand2 contributions
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    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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    Claire B
    Winton, New Zealand15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a lovely horse trek through the Cardrona Valley, discovering gold mining history.
    Kim ( our guide) was a bubbly, friendly and knowledgeable guide who made us all feel at ease. She ensured everyone was comfortable and confident aboard their sturdy steeds.
    The Horses were well cared for and on their best behavior, our 2 girls, 11 and 13 were given the chance to trot along and did so happily.
    Although having ridden before this was a real confidence builder for them.
    I highly recommend The Cardrona for a Horse Trek. Will Happily go again
    Written 23 January 2022
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    Siobhan Place
    Dunedin, New Zealand3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2020
    I’ve ridden in a number of places in Tauranga, Queenstown, Dunedin and Hanmer Springs and although Hanmer holds a soft spot with me I can’t help but commend The Cardrona - their horse riding experience was THE BEST I’ve ever had!
    Not only were they incredibly communicative and organised, but friendly too! A lot of horse riding places around New Zealand can be a little judgemental of inexperienced and even intermediate riders but here I felt safe, confident and welcome. The ride alone was picturesque and therapeutic, but to top it off I finally learnt how to canter for the first time ever with the support and encouragement of Sam. And somehow she managed to get numerous photos and videos along the trek so that I could take some memories back with me!
    I’m so grateful and can’t wait to ride with them again!
    Written 29 May 2020
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