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The Cardrona

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First class scenic horse trekking and quad bike tours of the stunning Cardrona Valley, South Island, New Zealand
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
2125 Cardrona Valley Road | Cardrona, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
+64 3-443 1228
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent the morning one-on-one with Ally our guide. She was amazing! She was very attentive and patient and answered all of our questions throughout the Quad tour. We were delighted to find out that Ally would be the guide on our afternoon horse back...More

Thank Patricia R
Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I were in South Island on our honeymoon, and decided to go horseback riding. Samantha, our guide, was extremely patient and friendly. Our horses were gentle and good tempered (both my wife and I are first time riders). They also made a...More

Thank hanhweey
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My partner and I loved the top beat trail ride. Lots of cantering which was really fun and wonderful views of the valley. Kelly also talked about the history of Cardrona and took photos along the way which was great. We could tell the horses...More

Thank Georgia667
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Cardrona is more a spot to stop for a little history and heritage. Other then that there is a post office, old hotel and a gift shop. We did check out the ‘Bradrona Fence’ a real tourist attraction for breast cancer fundraising where we also...More

Thank missmollyrc0327
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What a neat experience to stop here on our roadie! Such a beautiful grand old building and there was so much to look at. Super friendly staff and delicious looking meals. We stopped for a drink or two and a bowl of fries and sat...More

Thank charliecharlie444
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you know how to ride this is most definitely the ride to book. Lots of opportunities to canter and amongst the most amazing scenery. The horses are in fantastic condition and very well behaved. Kelly is great fun and makes sure everyone is enjoying...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Top Beat ride, aimed at more experienced riders- is incredible. Plenty of places to canter/gallop, with stunning scenery and Kelly gives a great commentary on the history of the Cardrona area- original settlers, mining industry and the farm. The horses have such a lovely...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

So my mate and I have had our fair share of adrenaline fix from QT, and wanted to end off the trip by going for something more... tamed. We stopped over in Wanaka for a night and decided to just try horseback riding. Oh boy...More

1  Thank whatmarkshoots
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We called into the Hotel on our way to Wanaka. We have been here before and definitely would not go past without at least stopping for a quick drink. We had a delicious lunch and sampled a local pinot noir and an ale. Both the...More

Thank Teena A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I did the new 'Top of the Beat' ride with Kelly yesterday, which was a brilliant way of seeing the surrounding country. Ideal for experienced riders as you cover lots of ground at a fast pace, and the horses are so forward-going and full of...More

Thank MeganLMP
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27 April 2018|
Response from KellySpaans | Property representative |
Hi Danielle! Thanks for your enquiry! We love taking family groups it is our specialty! What we would do is take you exclusively so we can look after you and the girls and have the maximum amount of fun with safety as... More
22 February 2018|
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Response from Rod S | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure if there are taxis in Wanaka. If not you will have to hire a car. Note that the Cardrona Hotel that I reviewed is some distance from the snowfields. The hotel is about 20 minutes drive from Wanaka town.
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1 October 2017|
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Response from brutal250165 | Reviewed this property |
Yes the young lady there indicated all ages and experience levels are catered for.