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Backcountry Saddle Expeditions

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Crown Range Road, Wanaka 9392, New Zealand
+64 3-443 8151
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Fantastic backcountry trail ride

Amazing way to experience this majestic area. Debs' knowledge and enthusiasm were extraordinary... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Columbus, Ohio
Worth doing!!

We were three inexperienced but enthusiastic visitors, but Debs made us feel confident and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Marcia A
New Jersey
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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
Crown Range Road, Wanaka 9392, New Zealand
+64 3-443 8151
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing way to experience this majestic area. Debs' knowledge and enthusiasm were extraordinary! Personable horses!

Thank MonicaOKeefe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were three inexperienced but enthusiastic visitors, but Debs made us feel confident and “excellent drivers” by the end of our ride. Her enthusiasm is contagious; her knowledge and respect of nature is inspiring. A great investment of your time - both on her property...More

Thank Marcia A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It awesome experience and quite fun. Compare with the normal horse ridding, this take more challenge. uphill & downhill trekking, uphill & downhill trekking with running horse, across the river trekking, river jump. Beautiful view on the top of the mountain, good to learn new...More

Thank Terrence T
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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

I had never been on a horse before and loved every minute, the guides were very helpful and friendly. very warm and welcoming experience. recommend highly. plus they have a cute dalmatian and piglets!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 9 September 2017

We had a warm greeting from Debbie and lots of chating. Debbie and Jo set us up and made sure we had the right horse for our experience weight and height. We set off on our 3 hour ride with Jo who was quite chatty...More

Thank andreasG7817HA
Reviewed 1 September 2017

Joe was very nice Knox was awesome and evreything was all ready and it was such a great expirence (written by (tane)

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Debs T, Owner at Backcountry Saddle Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2017

Yay... well done you with an Aussie pronunciation and a Kiwi one!!! Kiaora from New Zealand... see you again soon :-)

Reviewed 30 August 2017

Friendly and welcoming from the moment you arrive. I was reassured as a novice rider by the experienced staff and had an enjoyable ride in some truly beautiful countryside. I felt throughout the ride that I was within my comfort zone while actually extending my...More

Thank nztraveller813
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

I booked this for my girlfriends bday present not knowing what to expect. As soon as we arrived we were welcomed warmly and felt like part of their family right away. Great owners and operators who go above and beyond with their knowledge and assistance....More

Thank Bencoley
Reviewed 29 August 2017

This was a last minute booking on the recommendation of a local friend. I emailed at about 8am to see if there was any spots available on the 10am tour, the response was quick and informative and by 9am I was in the car and...More

Thank Jenisonholiday
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Incredible highly recommend We were staying in Queenstown and absolutely worth the drive out to cardrona The lady's are so lovely The horses we friendly and perfect to ride The scenery was just insane photos just don't do it justice We went for a 2...More

Thank EM B
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fay m
1 October 2017|
Response from KathrynTimaru | Reviewed this property |
I don't know about the minimum age, or whether this is a particularly suitable activity for one so young, who might get a bit bored or wriggly? You may be able to have 2 year old seated in front of a suitably competent... More
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