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Backcountry Saddle Expeditions

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Crown Range Road | Opposite the Snow Farm Cross Country Ski Area entrance, Wanaka 9392, New Zealand
+64 3-443 8151
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Our family (with no horse riding experience) thoroughly enjoyed our two hour horse riding trip with... read more

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TheRobertsons43
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What a stunningly beautiful way to spend half a day. Our horses were so well behaved, our guide... read more

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Backcountry Saddle Expeditions has celebrated a few milestones this year... They are 33 years old... with an outstanding 27 years under the current management of Debs Thompson. Debs is an outdoor girl and apologizes for her lack of skill in an ever developing computer world... "It's very hard to ride horses, manage clients, answer emails and/or phone calls whilst on a horse" She is very much a one "wo"man band. Debs does however value every-bodies interest... and looks forward to people booking. The best way to book is directly with Debs... this way she can gauge every-bodies abilities, genders, heights and weights... a cell phone number gives her security and credibility of a booking. This means the client will have the best and most appropriate horse for their booking. Debs is into personal!!!
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Crown Range Road | Opposite the Snow Farm Cross Country Ski Area entrance, Wanaka 9392, New Zealand
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+64 3-443 8151
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Our family (with no horse riding experience) thoroughly enjoyed our two hour horse riding trip with Rosie! There was an excellent selection of warm gear (jerseys, coats, gloves etc) for us to put on before riding out. The horses had lovely temperaments and personalities. The...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a stunningly beautiful way to spend half a day. Our horses were so well behaved, our guide Jo was informative, knowledgeable and funny! The scenery and country side was breathtaking. This is a must-do on your visit to the region, you won't be disappointed....More

Thank Sharon C
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It was amazing, the view was stunning. Horses were adorable and very well behaved. The mountains in the background, while you were on horse back, was just, a very beautiful experience. I would definitely recommend this to my friends.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

It was such a unique and awesome experience my fiancee and I had that would have us returning for another session if not for the tight schedule that we were on. 14km on horseback! We were so keen on this but concerned at the same...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We’re a family of 4 who chose Backcountry treks as a way to enjoy the Cardrona Valley surrounded by snow capped mountains and serene peace. The horses were very well behaved and the guides were very pleasant and knowledgeable which made the entire trek such...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best horse trek I have been on for a very long time. The leader and the owner are some of the nicest people you’ll meet and it really shows with how happy and well treated the horses are. Would highly recommend it’s views are...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic time doing this horse ride. We arrived in Wanaka and booked the ride through the visitor centre. It was about 25 min easy drive from Wanaka. When we arrived we met Debs and Fran who were very welcoming and friendly. They...More

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Debs T, Owner at Backcountry Saddle Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Cheers Joanne, It was a great ride with great company. You did really well and I’m sure you’ll be back... Ellise will be wanting a horse now😜🤠🐴

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had an amazing time at Back Country Saddles and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the region as I had amazing time and the scenery was picturesque. The team was highly qualified and Debs and Fran were very helpful!!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

perfect birthday treat for my 14 year old girl - thanks debs and jo and all your loveable chilled out horses. Fabulous adventure with outstanding views and lots of great information about the area from jo - very exciting for both beginner (mum) and experienced...More

Thank Cat C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our trek! Deb is wonderful, so friendly and knowledgeable, she really knows her stuff and included in that is the weather. Our ride was postponed from a morning to afternoon ride and it ended up being the most gorgeous weather ever -...More

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Debs T, Owner at Backcountry Saddle Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks heaps for the lovely review Saffron. You had an amazingly beautiful day as your gorgeous photos show. A truely stunning vista at this time of the year with the snow as a backdrop. See you the next time you’re down. Debs🤠

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chloe1135
3 May 2018|
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Response from Debs T | Property representative |
Hi Chloe, I do like to talk to people about weight versus height and ability. Someone who is 5ft and 100kg is very different to a person who is 6ft and 100kg. Hopefully you can ring me so we can discuss all these... More
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fay m
1 October 2017|
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Response from Debs T | Property representative |
Hi Guys, The 2 year old is too young to ride. Our minimum age is 5 years old. The 9 year old will be fine. Hope this helps... Debs:-)
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prue w
31 October 2016|
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Response from Debs T | Property representative |
Yes cameras are essential... The scenery is beautiful. If you don't have a zip up pocket we supply a small bag that we tie onto the front of the saddle. Bookings are essential and we do rides twice daily at either 10.00am... More
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