Backcountry Saddle Expeditions

Backcountry Saddle Expeditions, Wanaka: Hours, Address, Backcountry Saddle Expeditions Reviews: 5/5

Backcountry Saddle Expeditions

Backcountry Saddle Expeditions
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Horseback Riding Tours
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Backcountry Saddle Expeditions has celebrated a few milestones this year... They are 36 years old... with an outstanding 30 years under the current management of Debs Thompson. Debs is a "hands on" outdoor girl and wishes to share her family of "fur babies" with everyone. Henry the cat, Dixie the dog and her stunning herd of 20 Appaloosa horses. Appaloosa's are an American Indian horse who are best known for their stunning spotted coloration. They are a mountain breed and are suited to the beautiful mountain steeps of the Hidden Valley, Earnscleugh. To keep the western theme the horses are outfitted in Western Saddles which ensure the rider a safe, secure and more comfortable ride. Come and enjoy the family and meet Debs and her team.
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2-3 hours
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kboomdunners
Dunedin, New Zealand7 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
The absolutely fantastic Debs took our school group out. She is amazing with the students, has good local knowledge, loves her job, and is all round amazing. We highly recommend this company.
Written 30 November 2021
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Coastal40370
3 contributions
Jul 2021
A spur of the moment decision and it was amazing. 13k trek through the hills of Otago. Debbie was so caring of her clients and made sure everyone was comfortable in the saddle and chatted the whole with great info about the region. I thoroughly recommend this adventure for everyone.
Written 22 July 2021
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Skelfy
Hamilton, New Zealand13 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Absolutely fantastic afternoon and an experience I won’t forget! An amazing team - Debs, Jo (and not forgetting Henry cat!) were all welcoming, friendly and fun from the moment I arrived! Beautiful healthy and happy horses, breathtaking views and a fab, relaxed atmosphere! Couldn’t have asked for anything better and a must do for anyone visiting Cardrona! Thanks again Debs and Jo 🇳🇿 🤠 🐎
Written 11 January 2021
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Maria R
2 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
Such an awesome trek so impressed!
Debs the guide was great an very knowledgeable.
Horses were nice and kind and very well looked after!
Will be back and would recommend
Definitely value for money!
Written 27 December 2020
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Pete C
18 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
What a great experience, totally recommend. Debs is great and the scenery is amazing. My wife and I are complete riding novices and we loved it. The horses are very sure footed and predictable and we quickly gained in confidence while covering some quite challenging terrain. Worth the drive from Wanaka and Queenstown to enjoy the different landscape. Enjoyed a nice lunch at the Post Office in Clyde afterwards .
Written 31 October 2020
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Ashleigh
8 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Absolutely love this experience, was much better than antipcated. The back country mountains and scenery was spectacular. Just perfect!!! And Deb was amazing, had a good sense of humour and was very informative about the history of the area. Highly recommend!!!
Written 4 August 2020
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Daniel Aldersley
1 contribution
Jul 2020
Best horse ride I've ever been on - thank you! Had a fantastic time, lovely people and horses and breath-taking views! Catered well for me as a young adult, my parents and my Grandmother! Staff always made sure we felt safe and comfortable. Would HIGHLY recommend to all!
Written 2 July 2020
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Anna H
Sydney, Australia20 contributions
Dec 2019
As young girls both me and my sister were regular horse-riders, and as we grew up and started travelling it became tradition to find a place to ride in every country we travelled to. From Australia to Vanuatu, Hawaii to Canada, never have we found a place as amazing at Backcountry Saddle Expeditions. We've had the pleasure of riding with these guys 3 times now, and the care that is put into the horses and the business is obvious. As experienced riders me and my sister struggle to ride freely at other trail-riding establishments (i.e. be allowed to canter with beginner riders around) - but the team at Backcountry Saddle cater for riders of all types. Beginners are taken good care of with gorgeous friendly horses, and more experienced riders are given plenty of chances to canter around some of the most gorgeous landscapes the south island has to offer. These guys absolutely deserve your business and you will leave with the biggest smile on your face, guaranteed. Horse fanatic or not, it's an experience to remember x
Written 11 April 2020
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Carolyn689
Vancouver, Canada25 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
My husband and I had the pleasure of riding in the breath taking Cadrona Valley with Backcountry Saddle Expeditions. We lived everything about this from the friendly and helpful staff, the gentle and well trained horses and the spectacular countryside we rode through. I would highly recommend.
Written 28 February 2020
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Ackson
Wanaka, New Zealand6 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
First time riding a horse and this was pretty great! The owners and our guide (the lady from the UK- sorry forgot your name haha) was so good. Telling us about the history and having a chat, telling us about the horses etc
Was so relaxed and made sure we were comfortable and always feeling safe.
Written 26 February 2020
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM