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Cardrona High Country Pub Trail Horse Riding Trek provided by The Cardrona

Cardrona High Country Pub Trail Horse Riding Trek

Cardrona High Country Pub Trail Horse Riding Trek
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h 30m
Group size:
7
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h 30m
  • Group size:
    7
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • 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.
Awards
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2021
Available languages
English
What to expect
Awards
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2021
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • 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.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Beverage
  • Professional guide
  • Use of helmet
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • Wanaka, Wanaka, Otago Region, South Island 20 minutes self drive from Wanaka, 50-55 minute self drive from Queenstown. Look for "THE CARDRONA HORSE TREKS & QUAD TOURS" and the famous 'Bra Fence'
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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
  • **PLEASE SPECIFY YOUR HORSE RIDING ABILITY UPON BOOKING SO THE APPROPRIATE HORSES ARE SELECTED FOR YOUR RIDE**
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travellers
Inclusions
  • Beverage
  • Professional guide
  • Use of helmet
Exclusions
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Departure details
  • Wanaka, Wanaka, Otago Region, South Island 20 minutes self drive from Wanaka, 50-55 minute self drive from Queenstown. Look for "THE CARDRONA HORSE TREKS & QUAD TOURS" and the famous 'Bra Fence'
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • 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
  • **PLEASE SPECIFY YOUR HORSE RIDING ABILITY UPON BOOKING SO THE APPROPRIATE HORSES ARE SELECTED FOR YOUR RIDE**
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travellers
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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Adrian W
2 contributions
Jan 2021
FREAKING AMAZING!

With the weather closing in, Kelly adjusted the route we were riding, and ensured we were comfortable, safe and well prepared for a beautiful ride through a high-country station at Cadrona.

Before we got started she discussed the route and what would work best for us, and was super considerate. Not only was Kelly welcoming, but we were joined by (forgive me if I get names wrong!) the cats Ettie and Jimmy for a hello and snuggle, and benny the dog for a scratch and rub, such happy pets speaks a lot to the quality of their owner!

With one of us more confident riding, and the other completely incompetent Kelly gave an excellent training session before we went out, she is clearly confident and experienced and had an excellent manner coaching, with many tricks and techniques to make it easier getting going. She picked the right horses for us and our relative experience levels, Danny was perfect for me as a beginner and we quickly got into a rhythm and enabled me to do my first proper canter, we ended up having a proper bromance.

Kelly gave us a run down on the local history of the station, Cadrona settlement, and the mountains. She also showed us local flora and fauna, like the rosehip and elderflower... which happen to be ingredients at the distillery next door, which we went to afterward on her recommendation, which turned out to be another amazing experience! Her local knowledge, wit and humour made the ride especially special and memorable.

I cannot recommend Kelly, and her animals enough, it was the best part of an amazing South Island trip and I sincerely hope we can go back again soon to try the quad bikes and do another (longer) ride!!
Written 1 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Seonaid M
Wellington, New Zealand10 contributions
Aug 2020
i've been to lots of trekking centres and horse riding experiences over the years and these guys are probably the warmest and friendliest people i've ever dealt with.
the horses were all suited to each person's personality and experience while also making safety a number one priority.
sam our guide was full of local knowledge and stories as she took us up towards stunning scenes, down through rivers and gave us a number of cheeky canters.
the stop at the cadrona hotel was so special. there is so much character in that old building and it was quite a novelty to tie the horses up and go across to have a wee glass of mulled wine before hopping back on our horses and making our way back to the stables.
once we got back to the stables we were able to finish bonding with our horses by helping untack and feed them. we then had a wee look at all the gorgeous photos sam had captured on our trek. she's obviously got a lot of experience here including getting a few action shots too. was worth paying the extra to take these memories home.
great to see a business giving ex-trotting horses a home and a purpose while giving us humans an opportunity see some of the most beautiful parts of aotearoa from a different view.
Written 15 August 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Peter A
43 contributions
We spent about three and a half hours with Sam who took us from novices to bring able to canter through the high country on their awesome horses. There is no better way to see such stunning scenery, all capped off by dropping past the iconic Cardrona Hotel. Simply the best afternoon out.
Written 19 November 2021
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FionaAnderson
4 contributions
Sep 2020
This is a fantastic way to feel the full beauty of the Cardrona valley. Kelly our host was organised, professional, and her love of horses, dogs and cats bring a calm, comforting, homely charm to her business. Sam my guide was sensible and took every precaution to make my trek safe, informative and ultimately a fun experience. These girls are experienced horse women and the countryside is just magical. The standard bred horses are perfect for the job, for even the most fearful beginner, sure-footed, safe and gentle.
Written 30 September 2020
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Gretchen McCarthy
1 contribution
Apr 2022
First time riding a horse and could not have asked for a better first-time horse riding experience. Morgan (my horse for the ride) was very experienced and professional and Kelly gave a great crash course on what to do and not to do to have a successful trip.

Would do it again.
Written 11 April 2022
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fionascott3474
Waharoa, New Zealand4 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
The guide was a warm friendly person. The horses were quiet and sure footed which was reasuring for my daughter who is a novice rider. The scenery is amazing. The cold beer at the pub was very welcomed on a hot day. The history of mining in the area is fascinating.
Written 4 April 2022
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Kieran H
2 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
An incredible experience far surpassing all expectations. Sam and Kelly showed such passion for these horses and this enamour was a large part of what made the day so enjoyable. As you climb high into the country, you are given opportunities to walk, trot and canter. As beginners, this seemed quite daunting at first however you are provided more than enough support to get you on your way, pushing past the initial hesitation. The horses are incredibly well behaved/trained. They know the terrain and route well, in many instances they will lead you, letting you know exactly when it’s time to trot and canter - they’d clearly done this many times over. This is comforting as a beginner.

This is a must-do. It’s about seeing the Cardrona landscape in a way that’s not accessible to the public and doing it in a unique way. Whether you’re a fan of horses or are just looking for something different to try, you cannot go wrong with this trek.

The pit-stop at the Cardrona Hotel is a nice touch as well as the local history imparted along the way. We’ve been on a number of activities in the Queenstown region and this is by far the best we’ve encountered.
Written 22 September 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kiwi-Flyer2013
Auckland, New Zealand24 contributions
Kelly the owner welcomed us warmly and gave us clear easy to understand guidance so that we would be able to really enjoy the ride.
Then along the way she gave us bits of history of the area, making sure we got the most out of our trip.
As a relative beginner I was excited to be given the chance to push myself a little and progress to a trot & canter. Thanks Kelly 😀.
It was an interesting varied trek with beautiful scenery from up the hills. Would recommend this ride, & we will certainly be back again!
Written 9 November 2020
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Lilz275
Auckland, New Zealand16 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Highly recommend this tour. My husband and I did the quad bikes up to the top point of the valley. It was so much fun. We went during autumn so was dusty but would love to go again during winter and in the snow. The autumn colours of the valley are unreal and beautiful.
Our tour guide was Kelly was so friendly, upbeat and informative. She gave a bit of history about the land and was very clear on the safety of riding the quad bikes. We will defiantly be going back in the snow with our children.
Written 29 April 2022
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Amy Sayers
4 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
Amazing experience, would highly recommend! My partner is a complete beginner, I have been riding for over 20 years, both of us thoroughly enjoyed our trek. The horses were impeccably behaved, we had some brilliant canters, water crossings and beautiful views. The stop at the cardrona hotel for a drink was great too. Our guide Sam was very knowledgeable and friendly, we felt in very safe hands. 100% recommend and hope to go back again!
Written 5 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: The Cardrona
annewang0220
annewang0220
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Amazing experience!
We had a great time adventuring in the mountains on the quad bikes - the views were amazing and ride was a good mix
Vonzy9
Vonzy9
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Must do experience!
Awesome ride with Kerry who was very informative with how to ride the quad bikes and during the 2hr trip we stopped
judecooney
judecooney
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Excellent
Fantastic experience for myself and my two children (8 & 10). Guide Kim was great, as a novice rider I felt very co
RobD3053
RobD3053
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Cardrona quad biking
Fantastic quad bike up into the mountains, skilled and friendly guides, superb trip, highly rated! This is a must d
tessmb247
tessmb247
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Top fun with Top Beats!
Was so delighted to discover they offer personal rides for experienced riders. Lots of fast cantering, jumping sma
adrienneh825
adrienneh825
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Buggy riding and cats!!
My sister went for the horse ride but I went buggy riding and it was really fun. The views were amazing and the peo
Mellyme22
Mellyme22
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Fabulous fun
Fantastic scenery and experienced and informative guide with a great adventure on the quad bikes and excitement mix
Murray C
Murray C
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Awesome quad bike experience
The tour covered some great farm tracks, got plenty of height and gave great views of the area. Kelly was an awesom
BenWoolly37
BenWoolly37
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Awesome experience
Able to take the tour on short notice. Really kind staff and an awesome experience. Horses were so friendly and eas
mariasI1740LH
mariasI1740LH
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Magical family experience in the beautiful Cardrona
What an amazing experience, cannot recommend it highly enough! Magical scenery, beautiful horses and Kel is a great
U8374IKbrandonh
U8374IKbrandonh
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Top Beat
Great host, great ride and loved the pace. Everything was seamless. Flew down on short notice and was very accomoda
200claireb
200claireb
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Great relaxing ride through the Cardrona Valley.
What a lovely horse trek through the Cardrona Valley, discovering gold mining history. Kim ( our guide) was a bubbl
priteshandjyotika
priteshandjyotika
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An amazing experience
I would highly recommend the quad bike experience. We had a 2 hour fun filled adventure driving to the peak of the
EndIobrien
EndIobrien
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Awesome fun!
The river crossing has to be the best at the end! But the whole trip was good fun except for the dust but hey that'
Applehorse
Applehorse
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Amazing horse riding trek!
Kelly is a nice guide and horse riding coach. I learned and practiced the basic skill during the trek. I got lots o
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