Backcountry Saddle Expeditions
Horseriding for the family, Cardrona Valley
Your family horse trek adventure starts in the gorgeous Cardrona Valley – experienced or first timers alike will love our friendly Appaloosa (spotted) horses and our rides that explore historic gold mining valleys, splash through streams, then climb up to the high country with towering mountains as your backdrop. Our horses’ calm nature has seen us take out children as young as five and we adjust each ride to the age, experience and ability of your family. Safety helmets supplied (adult and child sizes).
You will be able to ride in confidence with our experienced staff - all our guides are experienced in horse trekking, first aid trained and well versed in the history of the area.
The horseback trips are available for photography, back country hiking, or just relaxing and enjoying the spectacular mountain scenery.
We also use western saddles, ensuring a comfortable ride.
* Safety helmets are provided (adult and child sizes)
* Wet weather gear provided for all ages
* Qualmark approved visitor activity
Duration: 2 Hours
Departs: 10am and 1.30pm year round (minimum 2 riders)
*IMPORTANT – You must check in, 30 mins prior to departure
Price: Adult $100, Child $80
Freephone: 0800 4 SADDLES (0800 4 72335)
The Cardrona Valley is just a 45 minute scenic ride from Queenstown or 15 minutes from Wanaka. Locals often visit the area because it's such a lovely drive, and a great excuse to have lunch at the historic Cardrona pub or coffee at the cafe there.