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Make your own way to Cardrona Distillery, around 20 minutes drive from Wanaka or 45 minutes drive from Queenstown, 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 2-hour 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.
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Cardrona Distillery
The Cardrona
Saddle up for a 2-hour horseback ride through the wild landscapes of the Cardrona Valley. Trace the path of the 19th-century gold rush, climb the mountains for a thrilling view over Wanaka Lake, and trot or gallop through the valley plains. Rides can be tailored for all levels, from complete beginners to experienced riders.
  • 2-hour horseback ride in the Cardrona Valley
  • Admire views over the Cardrona Valley, Wanaka Lake and the Crown Range
  • Hear tales of New Zealand’s 19th-century gold rush
  • Enjoy an adventurous ride along mountain valleys, stream crossings, and forest trails
  • No experience necessary: suitable for first-time riders
  • Small-group tour limited to six people ensures a personalized experience
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Absolutely breath-taking experience

I am so glad that myself and my father decided to take part in one of these amazing scenic horse rides. Despite my dad not having any experience on a horse before, he had a terrific time. The animals are very well trained and are...More

Thank emilygwhyte
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile
Amazing Horse Trek

Highly recommend Ellie! Had the most awesome trek this morning and it was honestly stunning felt super comfortable the whole time and wish we had more time so we could go back again! You will not be disappointed

Thank Karla G
Reviewed 22 June 2018
Great scenic ride

Lovely ride with a little bit of action here and there for the more experienced. It goes by real quick so in hindsight I'd go for one of the longer rides.

Thank Declan W
Reviewed 30 May 2018
Great views, even better trip

Ally took us on a trail ride and it was amazing! She was able to cater to both of our ability levels as it was a small personal group with just my friend and I. The horses were well behaved and made you feel confident...More

1  Thank rachel h
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile
Best Horse Trekking Experience Ever

100% worth it. It was just Ally and I since the cold(ish) weather and rain from a couple days ago seemed to scare people off. But we had a beautiful morning ride! Ally was a great teacher and, with the little experience I have, brought...More

Thank Rebekah G
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