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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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Tour snapshot
Spectacular views over the Cardrona Valley from horseback
Duration:
2h
Group size:
7
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
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
  • 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
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
  • 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
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 8706P3
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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lovewordsmusic
Auckland Central, New Zealand14 contributions
Brilliant ride through the Cardrona Valley with Kelly this morning — two adults and two kids 10 and 12. The scenery is stunning but more than that Kelly is an awesome and knowledgeable guide with a sense of fun and pastoral care that suits old and young alike. I’ve been riding a few before but never confident and she took time to make us all feel comfortable, safe, and matched each of us with the right horse. Amaaaazing experience! Recommend 100%. A must do while you’re in the area.
Written 6 January 2022
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judecooney
1 contribution
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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Alex
Mackay, Australia9 contributions
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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KTS Kiwi Traveller
Auckland Central, New Zealand16 contributions
A surprise for our girls today with us taking them horse riding with The Cardrona and our awesome host Sam. With 3 girls under 11 and all first time riders we had an incredible 2 hours!
My oldest who suffers from anxiety and especially when trying something new was incredibly nervous but Sam was patient and set her up with Angus a noble steed who took care of her over the 2 hours. At the end she was asking for horse riding lessons!!!
Great scenery was showcased along the way with Sam giving us a great commentary of the history of the area.
Thanks for a great morning.
Written 9 October 2020
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Karen
1 contribution
Nov 2020
This was undoubtedly one of the best tourist and local experiences by far. Staff and facilities were second to none. Right from the first phone call when enquiring it was apparent that this was a first class operation. Highly professional, super friendly and lots of fun. It is evident they take great pride in the horses and equipment. We did a group booking on the 2hour horse trek while the littlies went for a ride on the buggy . Kelly made sure we were all comfortable riding and matched us up to the perfect horse on our riding ability. Kelly also organised it that the buggy would meet up with us along the way on the horse trek so it really was an all inclusive friends/family experience.
The horses are well loved and cared for. They have been trained to ride safely on a trek, but are not pre programmed robots so you still get the experience of ‘riding’ the horses as opposed to just sitting in the saddle and letting the horse do its own thing.
We were keen to jump on the next trek that afternoon we enjoyed it so much...but time didn’t allow.
Weeks later and we are still talking about what a fantastic time we had. Kelly was also extremely knowledgeable about the area and gave us a commentary along the way.
If you want easy, fun, affordable and great memories forever then you should definitely book in with Cardrona horse treks . Side note: We were all of differing capabilities but were all catered for.
Written 24 November 2020
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Claire B
Winton, New Zealand15 contributions
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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Elow2301
Strasbourg, France4 contributions
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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George Eldridge
2 contributions
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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Sonja C
Invercargill13 contributions
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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Karli
New Zealand2 contributions
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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Roam55692412545
Roam55692412545
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Perfect Cardrona experience
Fantastic horse trek over the mountains and down to the pub where Kelly treated us with a drink. Relaxed and sound
thoothoothraib
thoothoothraib
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Amazing quad biking experience
tried quad biking for the first time, Kel was super friendly and clear with instructions, made sure we were comfort
jennapS8243CA
jennapS8243CA
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Best adventure activity of my life!
Wish I could give this a better rating than excellent!! We had an amazing time quad biking IN THE SNOW! We booked o
Travellingjohn123456
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Great fun! Great views, great guide!
Summer was really great! We had an amazing time, she was super informative and a great tour guide! Really enjoyed t
MPValentine
MPValentine
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Highlight of our trip!
My partner and I were lucky enough to receive a private tour on the quads with Kelly. She was a fantastic guide - p
dbuckin
dbuckin
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Great experience and wonderful staff
Had a great tour with Kelly and the team. The afternoon was wonderful and not only enjoyable but Kelly was really e
sophiebQ1230QA
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Horse trek through the stunning Cardrona Valley with a stop at the old Cardrona Pub for a drink along the way.
Such an awesome experience! It was a really stunning trek and our guide Kelly was awesome. It’s great for all skill
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
LilzTwoSevenFive
LilzTwoSevenFive
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Couple quad adventure
Highly recommend this tour. My husband and I did the quad bikes up to the top point of the valley. It was so much f
Lauretta_WaihekeIs
Lauretta_WaihekeIs
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Awesome Trekking Experience
Stunning scenery which would be worth seeing in all different seasons. Wonderful horses, a variety suited to riders
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
gjmmcc98
gjmmcc98
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Great place for those with zero riding experience
First time riding a horse and could not have asked for a better first-time horse riding experience. Morgan (my hors
fionascott3474
fionascott3474
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Awesome ride in amazing historic area.
The guide was a warm friendly person. The horses were quiet and sure footed which was reasuring for my daughter who
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