Horse
Trekking

Our lovely team of trekking horses are waiting to take you on an unforgettable journey into the mountains.

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Horse Trekking

HORSE TREKS

Our lovely team of handpicked trekking horses, with their kind and gentle temperament, take you on an unforgettable journey in the mountains.

With a range of ages, heights and ‘horsanalities’ across the herd, we are able to cater to different weights and experience levels.

Your guide will provide a one-on-one riding lesson prior to each trek departing to ensure all riders are confident with steering and stopping. However, we do encourage the more humane “loose rein” style of riding, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery!

Call/email Kel today to discuss horse riding on your next Queenstown/ Wanaka visit!

MORE ABOUT HORSE RIDING IN OUR BEAUTIFUL VALLEY

  • We use Syd Hill Half Breed saddles. These are a cross between western and Australian stock style and are more comfortable for both the rider and horse.
  • Saddles are fitted with “monkey straps” for those who would like extra stability. Children’s saddles are also available. Children over the age of five are welcome and we can lead from the guide horse upon request.
  • Maximum weight for horse riding is 105kg.

  • Minimum group size is two riders. Single riders will be waitlisted to be confirmed upon others booking the same scheduled tour.
  • Please bring sturdy footwear, warm and weatherproof clothing and a big smile!
  • Option to purchase a photo package after the ride – take home memories!

The Cardrona Tripadvisor

Fanatstic horse trek

Review of: Cardrona High Country Pub Trail Horse Riding Trek

This horse trek exceeded our expectations, and is the best we have ever done. It was a fantastic experience and a memorable highlight from our 3 week holiday in cantral otago/fiordland. We were 2 adults and a 12 yr old. All beginners. The horses and our guide Kelly were fantastic. We loved the terrain, views, and opportunity to trot and canter. Highly recommended.

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Date of experience: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family

THE HIGH COUNTRY PUB TRAIL

Time 12:30pm
duration Allow 3.5 hours
price From $299 NZD

Mount up and begin the big hill climb which soon gives way to spectacular views of the surrounding mountains of the Crown and Pisa ranges. The working Merino sheep 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! This ride offers many opportunities for a nice canter- the whole package!

Please note this ride is not recommended for small children, please see “The Gold Discovery Trail” below suitable for young families.

See what visitors to the Queenstown & Wanaka area are saying about “The High Country Pub Trail” horse trek;

Cardrona Horse Trek… WOW!!

Feb 2021 • Couples

Wow!! I’m hard to please but Kelly & Sam you have outdone yourselves, my handsome horse Lou ticked all the boxes, he was massive and so calm but fast which is exactly what I requested, the Cardrona Ale at the iconic pub was a definate highlight too.

If you are thinking of going horseriding while visiting Queenstown look no further! Thanks for a phenomenal experience team 😊

Oh and on a side note, we had a hot soak at Onsen afterwards and that was a great way to relax after a 3.5hr ride. Enjoy!!

The Gold Discovery Trail

Time 9:30am
duration Allow 2 hours
price From $249 NZD
ages 5+ years

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.

The meeting time for The Gold Discovery Trail is 9:30am. The Cardrona headquarters is a 20 minute drive for Wanaka or 45 minute drive from Queenstown over the Crown Range Road.

No riding experience is required as we provide suitable instruction for each individuals horse riding ability before the ride commences. Children can be led from the lead horse if required. This ride takes a journey along the Cardrona River under the willow trees, crosses through the river and ascends up in to the mountains of the working sheep & cattle station allowing spectacular views down the the Cardrona Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges along the way.

Reward your horse with a well earned bucket of feed on return to the stables!

See what visitors to the Queenstown & Wanaka area are saying about “The Gold Discovery Trail” horse trek;

Magical family experience in the beautiful Cardrona

Review of: Small-Group Gold Discovery Horse Riding in Cardrona Valley

“What an amazing experience, cannot recommend it highly enough! Magical scenery, beautiful horses and Kel is a great guide. We are all inexperienced riders and our youngest is only 6, so we were a little apprehensive about a 2 hour trek. However, the horses are very well trained and there is the option of leading the young rider’s horse, which we chose. Kel made sure we were all safe and relaxed, which made for a beautiful experience. The kids also loved Barney the dog and Ettie the cat. Thank you for such a special time.”

TOP BEAT (experienced riders only)

Time On request
duration Allow 2.5 hours
price $349 NZD

New Zealand’s highest guided horse trek! Plenty of cantering on nice forward moving fun horses and a stop-over for photos at our hitching rail high up the mountain, an even more exclusive alpine equine experience! Allow a good 2.5 hours for this high speed ride.

Email Kelly to request this awesome ride info@thecardrona.co.nz

(Please note we need a minimum of two riders booked for this ride to go ahead, single riders will be wait-listed)

See what experienced riders visiting the Queenstown & Wanaka area are saying about “The Top Beat” horse trek;

Top Experience on a Top Beat Ride

“Absolutely wonderful morning riding with Kelly on a private “Top Beat” ride. Lou is a beautiful, forward moving horse who was a joy to ride. Stunning landscape, interesting terrain and a fast pace makes for an exhilarating ride. Kelly is a fabulous, welcoming leader with lots of local knowledge that she shares along the way. Can’t recommend this experience highly enough if you are a comfortable rider. Would rate it 6/5 if I could!”

Twilight Ride (after 4:30pm)

Time On request
duration Allow 2.5 hours
price $349 NZD

In the spring/summer months the sun doesn’t go down until after 8pm so why not a romantic sun set ride? Its a beautiful time of the day as the sun sinks down behind the mighty Mount Cardrona, still pleasantly warm without the sunburn factor!

Email Kelly to request this awesome ride info@thecardrona.co.nz

Hen’s Parties

Treat the bride to be with a fantastic ride with her girlfriends stopping mid-ride for bubbles at the Cardrona Hotel!

GIFT VOUCHERS A ‘The Cardrona’ experience is a unique gift your loved ones will always remember! Call 03 443 1228 and we’ll post out a gift certificate to redeem for one of our unforgettable tours.

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The Cardrona Tripadvisor

Fanatstic horse trek

Review of: Cardrona High Country Pub Trail Horse Riding Trek

This horse trek exceeded our expectations, and is the best we have ever done. It was a fantastic experience and a memorable highlight from our 3 week holiday in cantral otago/fiordland. We were 2 adults and a 12 yr old. All beginners. The horses and our guide Kelly were fantastic. We loved the terrain, views, and opportunity to trot and canter. Highly recommended.

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Date of experience: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family