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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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Never disappointed with this riding experience

The first time we tried horse riding in NZ was with Backcountry Saddle Expedition in 2009. Our... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bernard N
Lovely experience! Lots of trots and gallops.

Loved the experience! Had lucky because we were only 3 experience riders in our group so we had the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Inês S
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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 1 week ago

The first time we tried horse riding in NZ was with Backcountry Saddle Expedition in 2009. Our experience compelled us to come back again. This is our 2nd time visiting Backcountry Saddle Expedition and no regrets especially now that we have a kid to tag...More

Thank Bernard N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the experience! Had lucky because we were only 3 experience riders in our group so we had the chance for lots of trotting and gallops! The instructed, the lovely French girl was super nice, supportive and helpful! The horses are beautiful and well behaved....More

Thank Inês S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Four day camp for 21 students plus 3 staff catered for with ease. Some were riders and others were beginners. All were catered for and taught something new. Excellent organization with a variety of activities such as treks, games, bareback riding and husbandry skills. Simply...More

Thank khthomson
Debs T, Owner at Backcountry Saddle Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

An amazing bunch of kids from Dunedin who started out with little or no skill to riding bareback!!! Everyone showed incredible improvement over the duration of the camp. Look forward to our next camp. Debs:-)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great for kids and small groups! Our guide was very helpful and friendly! My Daughter was very nervous but didn't want to leave in the end! The guide managed to calm her down and took really good care of her! She was so good with...More

Thank Sherene T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a horse riding trek with 6 adults (oldest 62) and 3 kids (5,8,10) To be honest, I was really worried and half hearted about allowing my kids to ride as I understand that they will be riding alone on the horse. But...More

Thank volks_tsy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked a trip with Backcountry Saddles towards the end of my trip in March 2017. No one else in my group of six was interested so I went by myself. Wow, best decision I could have made. Everyone there was super chill and welcoming,...More

Thank CJinthemtns
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You will not be dissapointed, The drive alone is worth a million bucks, Deb, Stacey and their amazing horses were all so chilled, friendly and helpful , and suited for all types of humans, experienced or absolute beginner. Safe, stunning backdrop, and our guide was...More

Thank Trazak
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter couldnt get the smile off her face!! Thank you Debs, Stacey and Jo!! Awesome people, gorgeous horses and the countryside was just beautiful!!

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

Haha there’s that smile again!!! Keep it going Lara until we see you next time:-)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Horses were great, guides were very nice and friendly. The ride was absolutely beautiful. I would highly recommend and am definitely going back next time I am back down south. Thanks girls!!

Thank 826samantha
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved our riding experience in Cardrona. The horses were quiet and the views magnificent. Jo our leader was patient, informative about the area with lots of local knowledge and history on this beautiful countryside. Debs the owner was friendly and hardworking. Loved all the...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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