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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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from $229.00 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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
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 +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Guided Tour
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Duration
2h
Departure details
Wanaka, Wanaka, Otago Region, South Island
Inclusions
Guided Tour
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Departure details
Wanaka, Wanaka, Otago Region, South Island
Duration
2h
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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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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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
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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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oliviaboos
Masterton, New Zealand17 contributions
Fantastic ride
Definitely recommend!! The guides are great, the scenery is beautiful, the horses are in excellent condition (obviously extremely well taken care of), and the rides are perfect for any level of riding experience. If you’ve never ridden a horse before or if you’re a 5* eventer, you’ll have an awesome time. Loved it 👍
Written 29 November 2020
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Karen
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Highly highly recommend for all riding ability and kids too
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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Anna C
4 contributions
Must try, suitable for all levels!
Nov 2020 • Couples
Kelly is a great horse rider and super knowledgeable about the area, she shared the history behind Arrowtown and Cardrona. We had so much fun riding around the valley and it was so nice to meet Barney and Holly (super friendly doggos), highly recommend the 2 hour trek and great for beginners as well!
Written 13 November 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Storyteller748194
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QUADruple the fun!
This was the most amazing adventure activity to do that I never would have thought to put on the travel bucket list
Rosemary H
Rosemary H
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Awesome day
What an awesome day we had. Views were stunning. Sam really looked after us girls in the side by side, while th
E1Y5E
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Excellent
I was lucky enough to go up the day after it snowed so the views were amazing. My guide Sam was really informative
jaimeeroel
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Unforgettable!
We had an absolutely amazing time on our trek! Highly recommend to anyone thinking about doing it. Our instructors
bryonih2015
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A definite highlight!
We had such a brilliant time, we did the pub trail horse ride and enjoyed every minute. The horses were matched to
700sanyam
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Amazing experience
We did both activities and Sam was amazing! Not only was the experience something like never before, I lost my phon
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Hands down, BEST quad bike experience you could ask for.
What an incredible experience.. Thanks to Adam and the team, our intimate quad bike experience was absolutely amazi
W8219UMtrevors
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absolutely recommended
As experienced riders we went on the ‘Top of the Beat’ trek which can be quite fast in parts, we were met by a wond
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Dinner
The wait was longer than expected. But on saying that the mulled wine devine and the food was very tasty. The staff
KateB1645
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Fantastic
Fantastic horse trek, catered for all levels of riding, we got lots of cantering in. Guide was brilliant and views
Aspen B
Aspen B
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Amazing day !
We had the best day! I was a quite nervous form a past injury from horse riding and Sam was amazing, she explained
mikaelar402
mikaelar402
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Horse trek
Absolutely amazing experience, would highly recommend!! Beautiful views, friendly guide and lovely horses. Loved go
TFamilyTravel2021
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Family fun
Amazing scenery, very friendly and knowledgeable staff, great activity for our whole family, highly recommend!
didee62
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Tick off the bucket list
Having seen this iconic hotel on postcards etc we have now been there,Very nice snug restaurant and bar.Very pictur
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Autumn stunner
We thoroughly enjoyed our trek up through the mountains and down to the pub today. The ride catered for all abilite
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