• Tour code: 8706P3
  • Location: Wanaka, New Zealand
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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Saddle up for a 2-hour 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.


  • 2-hour 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

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Gold Discovery Horse Riding in Cardrona Valley

Crossing Cardrona River

Make your own way to Cardrona Distillery, around 20 minutes drive from Wanaka or 45 minutes drive from Queenstown, 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 2-hour 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.

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