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Small-Group Gold Discovery Horse Riding in Cardrona Valley

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Wanaka, New Zealand
Small-Group Gold Discovery Horse Riding in Cardrona Valley

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Saddle up for a horseback ride through the wild landscapes of the Cardrona Valley. Trace the path of the 19th-century gold rush, climb the mountains for a thrilling view over Wanaka Lake, and trot or gallop through the valley plains. Rides can be tailored for all levels, from complete beginners to experienced riders.
  • Horseback ride in the Cardrona Valley
  • Admire views over the Cardrona Valley, Wanaka Lake, and the Crown Range
  • Hear tales of New Zealand’s 19th-century gold rush
  • Enjoy an adventurous ride along mountain valleys, stream crossings, and forest trails
  • No experience necessary: suitable for first-time riders
  • Small-group tour limited to six people ensures a personalized experience
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Departure Point

Wanaka, Wanaka, Otago Region, South Island

Departure Time

9:30 AM
Make your own way to Cardrona Distillery to begin your tour. After meeting your instructor, you’ll be introduced to the club’s equine residents and matched with a suitable horse – there are a variety of breeds, sizes, and temperaments to suit all levels, including first-time riders, so you’ll be sure to find the perfect partner. Then, mount up and learn the basics of stopping and steering your horse before heading out on the trails.

Set out on a trail ride through the Cardrona Valley and enjoy an adventurous route, crossing streams, climbing mountain lanes, and passing traditional farms. Along the way, learn more about the region’s fascinating history, and hear tales of the 19th-century gold rush that swept the area. There will be plenty of time to pose for photos and admire the views before heading back.

After safely returning to the stables and bidding your horse farewell, your tour finishes back at the Cardrona Distillery.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • **PLEASE SPECIFY YOUR HORSE RIDING ABILITY UPON BOOKING SO WE CAN SELECT THE APPROPRIATE HORSES FOR YOUR RIDE**
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Cardrona
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Beautiful trek and amazing guide
Antonia_P
, Feb 2020
Beautiful trek with an amazing guide and extremely friendly horses - a great way to get to know a bit about the landscape, the history of the region and just to enjoy the scenery with a bit of fun - highly recommend it! Many thanks to all
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amazing-it was perfect
steven_s
, Oct 2019
this was amazing, amazing staff, great view of the snow on the mountain, great valley, strongly recommend people
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Amazing views, beautiful horses, lovely guide
kamilast7
, Aug 2019
We arrived and were greated by a cute cat and our cool guide Val. We got to know our horses and practiced a little before we went on an amazing ride through the valley. Later we fed the horses and petted them. Memories we will never forget!

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