HORSE TREKKING – QUAD BIKING
EXPERIENCE A DAY IN CARDRONA – ANY TIME OF THE YEAR!
Only 20 minutes drive from Wanaka
Option #1: A Taste of Gold
09:30am Gold Discovery Trail Horse Trek $109
Let your horse take you across the Cardrona River while keeping a keen eye out for gold along the way! Learn about the gold rush that Cardrona experienced in the 1860s which gave way to farming which you will experience first hand as you ride through mobs of Merino sheep. Climb to a beautiful vantage point allowing breathtaking views of Mount Cardrona and the Crown Range.
12:00 noon Lunch at the iconic Cardrona Hotel
The perfect way to cap off what you learnt from the commentary from the morning horse ride, the iconic Cardrona Hotel maintains the welcoming rustic charm of the 1860s gold rush days and many interesting historical artifacts inside and outside in the beautiful garden, as well as a very hearty country pub style range of options on the menu.
1:30pm The Mountain Experience Quad Bike Tour $249
Unquestionably New Zealand’s BEST guided quad bike tour. Navigate undulating farm trails on the very capable Yamaha 350cc 4WD machines. These trails soon give way to a wild rugged high country rock & tussock alpine environment with panoramic views second to none – be sure to bring your camera! Very high possibility of getting your tires in the snow in the winter!
Option #2: High Country Heaven
10:30am The Cardrona Quad River Run 1 hour $149
Enjoy a scenic weaving trail under the willow trees fringing the Cardrona river. Experience rises and ridges, dips and hollows, then ride through the river itself before heading up into the hills for even better views! (This could be changed to the Mountain Experience 2 hour on request with an earlier start)
11:30am Pack a picnic or go to lunch at Cardrona Hotel
12:30pm The High Country Pub Trail $149 (includes a FREE drink at the Cardrona Hotel)
Mount up and begin the big hill climb which soon gives way to spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, the farm land turns to rugged rock and tussock country as you climb higher to get that even better photo opportunity. Really feels like you are on top of the world in the middle of nowhere! Descend to the Cardrona Hotel where you dismount & tie your horse to our hitching rail and enjoy a well earned beverage on us in the gorgeous garden bar. If you fancy a bit of a run heres your chance to cut loose! The trail along the river allows a safe stretch to have a nice canter- the whole package!
4:30pm Check into accommodation at Cardrona Hotel
Spa pool, enjoying a drink in the beautiful garden bar & mountain biking are some of the options available before dinner in the restaurant at the hotel. Room rate includes continental breakfast. See www.cardronahotel.co.nz
And of course there’s ski season! (June, July, August & September)
Cardrona Valley is home to two major ski areas, Cardrona Alpine resort for downhill skiing and snowboarding on the western side, and The Snow Farm on the eastern side – New Zealands only cross country ski area see www.snowfarmnz.com