The Cardrona
Adrenaline & Extreme ToursHorseback Riding Tours
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
First class scenic horse trekking and quad bike tours of the stunning Cardrona Valley, Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand
Wanaka, New Zealand
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Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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Amanda D
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We had a 3 hour trek with Hannah as our guide. We had 3 fabulous horses (Lou, Denby and Willow) which were perfectly matched to our levels of experience. Hannah nicely structured the ride to make it interesting. A great and varied ride - the perfect way to explore the Cardrona countryside. A nice touch to tie up and call into the Cadrona Hotel for a beverage on the way home! Fantastic selection of photos to take home.
Written 15 February 2024
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Coastal258334
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
POOR EXPERIENCE - DO NOT RECOMMEND .. Dads and 16 / 17 year olds did for the first time. All very physically fit. Poor safety instruction and hard to hear and short practice on flat lawn. Our daughter ended tumbling down a 25 ft embankment with the ATV rolling over her. Could have been catastrophic ! luckily only a few scrapes and whiplash. Another dad in the group of 9 broke his arm going off the ATV. We were shocked with the experience and that they did not want us to leave the office until we figured out how to pay for the ATV as they deemed it "totaled" ( although they drove it off) and also wanted coverage for day "out of service". We had to contact our insurance. Unbelievable ! BUYER BEWARE ! They said we signed the waiver .. .
Written 9 January 2024
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Jack B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Review for Kat

Had a wonderful afternoon on a private riding tour with Kat. We brought a group of 7, most of us pretty inexperienced riders. Kat gave us a brief run-down on how to ride their horses, introduced us to our steeds, and we were shortly underway. We wound up through the hillside of an extensive ranch. The views across the valley were grabd, and Kat kept things exciting for us with intermittent opportunities to trot or canter. The tour was highlighted by a quick stop for a comp’d beverage at the village’s old bar/hotel, which has been beautifully maintained in its original style — a worthwhile destination. If you want to get a fix of riding, and get away from the main touristy hub of Queenstown, I can highly recommend, lots of fun!
Written 1 January 2024
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caseyleisa
Currimundi, Australia10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was an amazing experience wonderful God she was so patient and very smart and intelligent and informative very well done
Written 30 December 2023
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Leah
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Fantastic experience on the quads with a great team of experienced instructors who made you feel at ease if it was your first time quad biking. Beautiful scenes, great experience, couldn’t recommend it enough. Even the scenic route to location was breathtaking. Definitely book if you’re looking for a fun activity to do whilst in Queenstown. Thank you Team Cardrona. We will be back !!
Written 27 December 2023
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Sandrine U
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The High Country Pub Trail with Kel was absolutely amazing. I really had so much fun. We cantered a lot, which I appreciated a lot as an experienced rider, plus there is this beautiful scenery with lupin flowers, sheep, cows and deers which is just breathtaking. Kel is a great guide and I really liked her great energy. During the trek, she told me a lot about the history of the place, which I found very interesting. Dembe was such a lovely horse. I have to say that it was the best riding trek I've ever had so far. Thank you so much for this great experience, dear Kel!
Written 26 December 2023
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Oilyrag64
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Spent an hour with my 2 sons on Quad bikes with Kelly as our guide. The tour is a great one for younger kids & adults alike, riding through Cardrona’s amazing scenery
If we return to NZ it’s somewhere we would visit again.
Written 20 December 2023
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Natalia Tishaninova
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Me and my husband did a beginner friendly horse riding tour with Kat, and we enjoyed it so much!
Horses are super sweet and calm, Kat explained everything very thoroughly, some of the details we didn’t know before even though it’s not our fist time horseback riding. She also told us a lot about the area and took nice photos!
Thank you so much for the wonderful experience! Made our day!
Written 19 December 2023
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Cassius Vex T
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
The experience was amazing! The horses have such personalities and are so beautiful. The instructors were amazing and kept everything very simple! There was also a ranch cat and ranch rottweiler ❤️ they are so gorgeous! The view is also so incredible and you don't have to be experienced in riding to do this and feel comfortable. Highly recommend 🙌
Written 13 December 2023
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Jared
Auckland, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The quad bike tour was fantastic. Great climbs (we climbed 1500m according to the guide), lots of small stream crossings, at times riding carefully through cows and sheep grazing. A few places to go a little faster too which was cool!

What a great way to see the amazing views from one of a kind high vantage points! This is right up there with some of the best adventure experiences I’ve done. My 18 year old son and I both loved it. It was challenging, thrilling, and fun.

Kelly was great to deal with when booking - great quick communication. She was accommodating and worked out starting earlier which worked great. Summer our guide was great too! She put everyone at ease and made sure we all had a great day - and we got great photos from the day.

Highly recommend!
Written 10 December 2023
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