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THE CARDRONA Mountain Experience Quad Bike Tour
Wanaka- Otago- New Zealand
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2 Hours
9 Persons
English
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Brief

New Zealands highest guided Quad Bike tour!

Tour Detail

Allow at least 2 hours for The Cardrona Mountain Experience Quad Bike tour.

This tour gets right to the top of the mountain, usually into the snow in winter!

Offering more challenging and varied terrain with breath taking panoramic views, unquestionably New Zealand’s best guided quad bike tour. 

We currently offer a fantastic fleet of blue Yamaha 350cc, “Grizzly Ultramatic” Quad bikes. Fully automatic gearing and 4WD capability provides rider safety and comfort (heated handle grips as well!). We offer a variety of trails which allows us to cater for your requirements. Whether you have never ridden a quad before or really want to go exploring the high country, we tailor the ride for you!

We are the only operator offering quad bike tours in Wanaka, a fantastic way to get up to those amazing alpine vantage points, often only accessible by quad bike!

We specialise in taking small groups only and can be very flexible with departure times so give us a call to see what we can do for you today.

 

Price Detail
Inclusions

Quad bike, Guide, helmet

Exclusions

Please dress warmly

Cancellation Policy

You will get

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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Reviews

DL2Some

2020-03-18 17:20:32

"Great Surprise, A Wonderful Restaurant" Pulling up in front we were not ready for what we found behind the doors. The bar and restaurant are quaint and welcoming, but the highlight is the beautiful open space in the back for lounging and...

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horseymum_11

2020-03-07 11:44:04

"Early lunch" Lovely quaint place, surprised it is on a main road as the photos I had seen don’t show this. Lunch was fine, enjoyed the features in the bar. Glad to have visited!

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Denise K

2020-02-15 21:10:24

"Absolutely awesome!! " I joined the "Top Beat" - Ride some days ago and it was so much fun! A real Highspeed-Ride up in the mountains (just for experienced riders). Small Group, fantastic Guide, good trained horses...

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chris_88_au

2020-02-02 18:32:34

"Mountain view quad biking" Great experience riding the quad bikes up the mountain. Great fun and fantastic views once you get to the top. The team were very flexible in moving our booking, and our guide was friendly and...

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paulamE3621LQ

2020-01-19 12:04:33

"Horse trek to Cardrona pub" Great trip thoroughly enjoyed by experienced and less experienced riders. Plenty of opportunity to trot and canter. Great guide

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mumoffiveau

2019-10-24 16:09:40

"What a pub!! Friendly and great service❤️" Worth a stop or stop-over. Had a great time but didn’t want to leave. Such friendly service and good time had for all. Beautiful beer garden out the back and some great antiques to look at. Will...

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daphnes985

2019-10-20 22:55:51

"Horseback riding " I really loved the ‘THE HIGH COUNTRY PUB TRAIL’. Beautiful surroundings and lovely horses on which you can rely. Although I’m an experienced rider, the guide (sorry, totally forgot your name...

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JennMarkCarter

2019-10-09 00:16:55

"Always good food and atmosphere " A must visit between Queenstown and Wanaka, sitting out by the fire with a mulled wine whilst roasting marshmallows is highly recommended.

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Monandrew88

2019-09-14 16:33:45

"Best trek ever!" This horse trek was a real highlight of our trip. We’ve done a few treks over the years and this was the best yet. The host, Kelly, is awesome and her horses so well behaved you don’t need to do...

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ShSheep

2019-09-02 13:38:46

"Sunny afternoon" I've just written my review under Cardrona Hotel. Busy but a local must see.lots of seating great atmosphere .large outdoor area with a fire.

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dhendo77

2019-08-30 11:14:34

"A must visit" Love this pub! We visited for breakfast with our two kids who loved exploring all the history and memorabilia around the pub and garden. Great ambience and service. Timing a visit when others will...

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Kimberley_jade87

2019-08-23 16:56:24

"Horse riding in the valley" Awesome experience! The guide was really friendly and knowledgeable of the local area. Horses can cater for beginners through to advanced riders.

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Scottnnicky

2019-07-20 18:54:05

"Quad biking with the Fam" Travelling from Queenstown to Wanaka we stopped in to The Cardrona for a Quad bike adventure. Kelly and Sally were amazing, we had a 2 young kids and they had quads bikes and a track to suit. The...

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adambuffin09

2019-07-19 18:47:24

"Amazing!" Did quad biking this morning. Had a blast! An unreal experience with the rough track. Our guide was incredible, extremely nice and took everyone's level of ability into account. Rained all today and...

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teemareeleslie

2019-06-12 20:11:46

"Horse Riding" We had the most amazing winter afternoon riding around Cardrona on the pub ride. The sun was out and the views were absolutely beautiful. We had a small group of 4 and the guide Ally was fantastic...

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Henarath

2019-05-31 15:47:46

"Amazing" What an amazing experience highly recommended and lots of fun! Kelley was fantastic with my 8 year old and and kept us entertained the whole way!

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kiwiemily8

2019-05-26 21:44:24

"Ultimate experience of a lifetime!!" My friend and I did the Top Beat horse trek for experienced riders. We have been on many horse treks around NZ in the past but none came close to this ride at Cardrona. We had the most amazing guide...

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Sandra M

2019-05-23 02:38:35

"Lovely place ro visit , Very Interesting Buildings" We stopped her for a break and had a lovely Fresh raspberry and white chocolate muffin and good coffee.really nice place to walk around and take in the mountains . We also looked around the rest of...

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TaniaS966

2019-05-08 15:05:32

"Tania S" A great afternoon on the horses. Throughly enjoyed the trek. The horses were beautiful and so well loved. Highly recommend this activity.

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BBTex

2019-05-05 10:55:16

"Quick drink stop" Our Moatrek tour took a mid morning break here for coffee and beers. The historic building is lovely inside and out. We enjoyed sitting at the picnic tables in the back on a beautiful sunny day.

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MarkP3951

2019-04-26 12:15:22

"Great adventure!" Spent a couple of hours riding through this beautiful country side. Kelly was a great guide with plenty of local knowledge. Matched me with my horse Wally and gave this beginner an amazing...

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FrancesMackie12

2019-04-14 21:21:13

"Amazing experience! " We had a great trek this morning with Kelly and her beautiful horses through Cardrona and it’s panoramic views. She was so knowledgable about the area and tailors her ride to the experience of the...

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jwd_lawyer

2019-04-13 23:17:35

"Nice pub, great history " We stopped here 3x in 2 days, after nearby horse trek and distillery tours. Friendly staff, good prices, wonderful setting. Can’t wait to visit in winter

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lynleycl

2019-04-07 09:33:35

"Always fun and relaxed " The outside area is perfect for adults and children, especially in good weather. The food is great too

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cmpe2019

2019-04-03 20:44:49

"Horseback Riding" The best horseback riding experience I have had yet! If you like to canter or take it slow, they have it all. The guides are extremely friendly and know everything about the area. A must do!

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JennaElvin

2019-03-30 18:03:45

"Horse Trek" We had such a fantastic ride with Kelly this morning, she was organised , professional and very informative throughout the tour about Cardrona and it’s history, the scenery was incredible , The...

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Mrdinkum

2019-03-28 22:01:09

"Top beat ride" Just had an amazing ride at Cardrona - the top beat ride. There were just two of us and the guide. It was a fast and exciting ride to a hitching point high up the mountain side. My horse was Lou...

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gloucester08

2019-03-23 19:53:59

"Cardrona Hotel" Very good Fried Chicken! Lovely Place! A Must Do around Wanaka. I would highly recommend stopping by. Also a pretty souvenir shop with cooking books and Gin from the Distellery near by. Coming back...

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Nancy011351

2019-03-10 21:21:36

"Worth the drive from Wanaka!" Return visit, great drive for lunch. Distillery across the road and the famous “bra fence” is near by. Bar and lunch menu are good with a beautiful outdoor setting to enjoy your meal. Worth the...

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Lynn P

2019-03-09 09:02:27

"Top Beat Ride - awesome!!!" We had lots of fun with Kelly on the top beat ride! Beautiful scenery with the crown range in the back and nice fast forward moving horses. We did a lot of cantering and since we were a small group...

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rallydoc

2019-03-06 09:14:24

"Pre and Post Tramp Stay" Very comfy character pub, great food at the restaurant and outdoor fireplace a post meal cheese and drinks magnet. Room spacious with two queen beds (booking a double or a twin gave this...

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Kelley811

2019-02-28 14:43:07

"Cardrona Horse Back Riding" My friend and I had an AMAZING experience riding with Kelly! She was so much fun, an excellent lead, and provided great insights into the history of the area. HIGHLY recommend and best horse back...

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torym808

2019-02-19 23:54:56

"Awesome mountain ride" My wife and I are experienced riders and signed up for the “Top Beat” ride at The Cardrona. We had a wonderful romp up the mountain, cantering most of the way and then got to the top to catch our...

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wjin21

2019-02-11 02:24:00

"Great horse riding in Cardrona Valley" We went for the 'twilight horse riding' on 10 Feb. Was a lovely afternoon and Kelly did a great job showing us stunning views. The horses are friendly and calm. Kelly also arranged a few running...

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Mark A

2019-01-31 10:46:27

"Great riding, great horses, great scenery" I am an experienced rider and thoroughly enjoyed the Cardrona pub trail led by the lovely Sam. The whole operation is well-organised by Kelly who made sure that a very mixed group were on the right...

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Derek P

2019-01-21 22:01:53

"Above expectations" Sam took me out on a 3 hr ride on the lovely Danny. Not only did she horse the group well according to ability, she managed the whole ride to give us all a fantastic experience even though we were...

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Stephkstella

2019-01-19 18:38:09

"Horse riding" The most amazing horse ride. Great group of people running it, very highly recommend. Horses are lovely

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Fleur v

2019-01-16 21:15:42

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noellej283

2019-01-08 19:51:41

"Amazing ride through the Cardrona Valley" After I initially booked the morning tour, Kelly called me to suggest I upgrade to the pub tour which would be more suitable for experienced riders. I’m glad I did! Kelly knows much about the area...

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82MarkT

2019-01-07 21:45:24

"What a magnificent little secret this is!!" From the road all you see is the iconic photo of the old pub. Once inside you realize that there is a whole lot more to this place. It is almost a museum in its own right. Fantastic staff, food and...

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benn377

2019-01-07 18:58:25

"Amazing" Great afternoon beautiful scenary, wonderful horses and Kelly is an incredible guide with great insight and flexibility with all levels of riding experience

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kaisizeng

2018-12-28 16:12:21

"Amazing First Experience" It was the first time our family went horse riding, and it was beyond any expectations! The views in the Twilight Riding were beautiful and breathtaking and the horses were also lovely. Sam was an...

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Mondonnaa831

2018-12-23 15:56:56

"Best experience ever!!" If you’re tired of riding horses that are slow and seem as though they are on auto then this is the place for you. I used to ride as a kid in the states and since I’ve stopped I have yet to find a...

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MSturt

2018-12-17 20:17:54

"Cardona Horses" Brilliant horse trek! Kelly was wonderful, and the care and attention given to every individual rider was fantastic. Having ridden before, but with complete beginners in our party, I was picky about...

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triciahales8

2018-12-02 00:46:53

"Beautiful ride. Beautiful country." We did the Cardrona pub trail ride today. 5 of us and we haven’t been on a ride for over 10 years. They matched the horses perfectly to our ability. Absolutely loved the ride and beautiful...

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ChrystalHansen

2018-11-26 01:30:07

"Amazing! " Make sure this pub is a stop off of you Queenstown Trip. The drive out is beautiful and the Pub even more so. Try the Cardrona Ale, Great Steak and Delicous Venison Burgers.

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AnneK450

2018-11-25 21:32:31

"Fantastic Historic Pub" Located 20 minutes along a scenic road, pub has indoor and garden setting with fun memorabilia . Worth a trip.

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Floridasun123

2018-11-17 18:56:25

"Brilliant experience! " Wow, well this experience surpassed our expectations, having checked tripadvisor before booking, I can only echo the sentiments of the previous reviews. From start to finish it was professionally run...

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teeblank

2018-11-16 21:56:23

"Morning trail ride splendour!" My partner and I both thoroughly enjoyed our 9:30am trail riding adventure with our horses GingerBear and Andy, led by Kelly and Sam. Both being beginners, with zero riding experience, Kelly set our...

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Manon D

2018-11-16 19:31:55

"Fantastic Top Beat Ride" The Top Beat ride is amazing and I would highly recommend this to any experienced rider who is looking for a ride with lots of fast canters, forward and energetic horses, and beautiful scenery. A...

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Georgia667

2018-11-10 11:49:40

"Great trail ride!" 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...

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missmollyrc0327

2018-11-10 11:04:55

"A lovely little spot to stop but not a lot happening" 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...

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charliecharlie444

2018-11-09 18:25:58

"So beautiful! " 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...

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Passenger15802872538

2018-11-06 20:21:29

"Top Beat . . . top ride for experienced riders" 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...

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Travel67219877458

2018-11-05 15:38:08

"Top Beat ride" 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...

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whatmarkshoots

2018-11-05 15:33:35

"Something different" 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...

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MeganLMP

2018-11-04 20:57:32

"Great horse trekking" 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...

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chrisdV2469ZY

2018-10-30 21:48:37

"Atmosphere" Awesome place to stop and enjoy the history. Awesome sitting areas including a large out door area which is kid friendly. Good list of drinks and menu. A must do when in the passing.

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Sightseer827332

2018-10-29 01:19:54

"Horse trekking" Absolutely amazing. As first timers, we enjoyed every single bit of the ride and the views were stunning. The staff has been friendly and helpful, making the whole experience even better! We had...

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KellyAKK

2018-10-28 21:21:30

"Perfect handling of the horses and our family:)" Our family of 4 (two daughters, 10 and 12) had a day out on the trail with Ally at The Cardrona. It was a great day on the three (+) hour trail ride and fulfilled what we'd dreamed it would be like...

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Roberta B

2018-10-28 16:24:46

"Amazing Ride!" The best trail ride I have taken while vacationing, and I love to see an area by horseback. Beautiful views and the lambs were adorable. Our guide gave a nice history of the area. The horses each...

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Gagandeep S

2018-10-20 17:13:09

"A awesome experience!" Kelly and Ally are two passionate people and that is clearly reflected from their customer service to knowledge of horses and techniques in riding for amateurs and professionals alike. It was great...

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danielausgong

2018-10-16 17:33:50

"Wonderful backcountry ride" Kelly and Ellie were excellent hosts, friendly greeting, they introduced us to our horses and made sure we were well setup for the ride. We loved the ride! Beautiful scenery, excellent info from the...

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tibbyfighter

2018-10-16 15:55:54

"Unforgettable experience!" I and my wife went to New Zealand for our honeymoon and we were looking for some activities that we would never forget. so we decided to go have a horse riding in Cardrona where it has a fantastic...

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Peggy H

2018-10-10 16:26:49

"It’s a really really nice experience! " 超好玩,Kelly 超級專業,馬兒很有個性但也是都很乖。騎馬沿途景色非常優美,Kelly講解的也很仔細。一定要來體驗看看!Super love it! The horsing riding tour is so great, so worth to try! The scene is amazing and Kelly is a great great guide. We really...

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ajdrew66

2018-10-10 13:11:55

"Great quadbiking and horse riding!" Our favourite activity on our 2 week NZ trip. Kelly took myself and 3 teenage boys on an awesome quad bike trip up the mountain. It had a bit of everything! Great info on the working farm we rode...

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pagechaos

2018-10-05 21:56:32

"Fabulous Quad Biking tour" We are a family of 5 with 3 teenage children, I called to see availability and the lovely Kelly answered the phone whilst she was out on a horse trek, she arranged a time with us that suited us much...

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thomasbayley

2018-09-26 22:46:20

"Fun horse trek" I had a lovely horse trek today doing the gold discovery trail, and as a beginner I was glad that the horse knew what he was doing so I could enjoy the views and the ride whilst not having to worry...

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rachelrosborne

2018-09-26 02:48:28

"Best views from horsback" When the booking agent said you can go horse back riding to the pub as was sold. The host was super awesome lady that made sure everyone had fun on The trail - matched the horses to the rider and...

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Joe T

2018-09-16 13:33:44

"100% Worth it !" Beautifull view, Good service, And i had guide Samantha learned alot about the area history as well. 100% worth the ride.

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maddog181

2018-09-03 03:21:54

"Snowmobile trip " Was the most epic day of our trip can’t recommend this experience enough. Big thanks to Shaun and his team as he made our experience personal with no limitations on carving up untouched snow. Highly...

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Kait O

2018-08-31 20:00:21

"Top beat ride is awesome" Second time back to do the advanced ride and it did not disappoint. Our guide ally was amazing, and our horses were great. Really well cared for, beautiful scenery, and we got to go very fast!

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logan8900

2018-08-27 14:49:18

"The mountain tour" My fiance and I recently did the mountain tour. We loved it . The guide was very easy going as she assessed us for the 1st part of the tour to see our ridding capabilities. Once she saw we could...

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Ally C

2018-08-26 00:31:09

"So much fun I went back again!" I had such a great time on the high country pub trail, I came back a 2nd time during my trip to Queenstown for the top beat ride. The guide Ally was great at guaging riding abilities and knows every...

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Quentin G

2018-08-23 21:29:08

"Quad bike tour" We did the quad bike tour, the host was wonderful and so informative. Had a blast would highly recommend it

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Chelsea J

2018-08-13 22:31:50

"My favourite experience of the trip!" Had such a great time with some beautiful animals and people. The horse trek was fun and catered easily for all skill levels. Kelly provided informative and entertaining commentary throughout the...

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Robert J

2018-08-13 19:44:24

"Skidoo" An awesome day on the skidoo with Shaun!! Definitely up there for the adrenaline seeker! It is physically demanding, however you can't beat the feeling of planing up on a skidoo in fresh pow!! Shaun...

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Townriders

2018-08-12 22:20:16

"Horse riding through gold mine country" My 10 year old daughter and I went for a 90 minute horse ride through Cardrona Valley & hills. Kelly- our guide - was very good with the riding part through gorgeous scenery but added greatly with...

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Jason B

2018-07-24 13:49:52

"Snowmobiling in the High Country" Love majestic views and the outdoors? Want to be shown around by locals with long ties to the area? If this is you and you are anywhere near New Zealand go to The Cadrona. It is a required...

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JanenCraig

2018-07-17 14:32:01

"Great food and atmosphere " Great staff great food perfect place for kids lots of room outside to run around. Fantastic wines nice mulled wine. Quick service despite how busy it was.

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Rebecca L

2018-07-15 22:37:27

"Stunning scenery, brilliant guide" This was a wonderful experience, the scenery is super, Kelly is a great guide with loads of local knowledge, the horses are much loved and they know their job. The local ale isn’t half bad either...

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Willow1653

2018-07-14 04:29:52

"Fab!" Must do - stop off for mulled wine and wedges after an epic day up the hill! Never disappoints! Great atmosphere inside and out. Fire going and grounds looking great!

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Fiona D

2018-07-14 00:43:19

"The Cardrona" We had a fantastic morning ride with Kelly. The horses are fantastic and Kelly was extremely professional and supportive. We loved it!

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Rosie S

2018-07-13 00:29:58

"Great horse riding experience through the Cardrona valley." It was a lovely experience with Kelly on the Gold Rush morning ride. As beginner riders, we found the experience very informative and helpful. The scenery was spectacular :)

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Emily W

2018-07-11 02:02:06

"Amazing horse ride with an amazing view" My partner and I went on a horse ride with guide sam. We had the most amazing time even though the weather wasn't the best. We saw amazing views of nz whilst enjoying a laugh with sam. She made us...

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Nhooper

2018-07-10 01:12:49

"AWESOME; SENSATIONAL; BREATHTAKING" This was my NZ highlight. Better than the Shotover Jet, winetasting or skiing. I have never ridden a quad but that didn't matter as I was taken through the ropes and never made to feel as though I...

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Jeremy H

2018-06-30 13:07:54

"Feel the cardrona valley like no other way" My wife and I went for an epic 4x4 style safari , quad bike of choice for me it was and off we went in control of our own destiny! Sean our quad pack leader was epic and relaxed and talked the...

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David_ST8074KV

2018-06-28 12:07:55

"Snowmobile Adventure Tour." We have all been on supposed "adventure" tours where the guides do their best to ensure that nothing remotely adventurous happens. Have no fear - Sean's Sled Spectacular is bloody brilliant. So long...

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Kathleen G

2018-06-27 15:38:31

"Absolutely amazing time" We went out with Sam to the Cardrona Hotel, we were in a really small group so could go as fast as we liked, it was honestly the best thing I’ve done in NZ so far. Love love loved it, views were...

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sarahgale95

2018-06-27 15:38:30

"Amazing experience, lovely guide" Went with these guys on the 3.5hr ride stopping at the Cardrona Hotel. We had the most amazing experience, the horses were so well-behaved and Sam our guide was so great, really friendly and...

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reneeboston12

2018-06-14 15:58:49

"Awesome" Absolutely loved our ride this morning. The guides were fantastic and the horses are a lot of fun. Incredible views, highly recommend this ride for any horse enthusiast wanting to explore NZ

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281darrells

2018-06-14 11:07:22

"The best Quad Bike experience in the snow you will ever have." Fantastic experience well worth the time and money. Awesome trek, fantastic Scenery. Guides well versed in the conditions and caters for all ranges of experience.

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nehagautam0490

2018-06-06 00:03:10

"A breathtaking experience" It was an amazing day at the Codrona today. Sam was our guide and man she was amazing! She started with a brief history with the area and took for a ride way up in the mountains. Our horses were...

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sadrush c

2018-06-03 04:02:33

"Horse Trekking" The horse tour at the cardrona was epic. It was my first time riding a horse and oh boy it was amazing. Kelly the guide was so good and made our tour a memorable one. Would recommend this place for...

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CassTeeky

2018-05-19 03:19:30

"Amazing horse riding experience" My husband and I did a 2 hour horse trek with Cardrona Horses and it was one of the highlights of our honeymoon! We got to ride 2 beautiful, calm horses and were led by Ally who taught us a lot about...

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Leonie K

2018-05-15 13:07:32

"Amazing ride" Amazing views and great horses. We really enjoyed doing this, both as an experienced rider and a beginner. Background info of the environment and the guides were also really nice.

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Mukesh M

2018-05-12 21:26:25

"Awesome ride." Great 2 hours of horse riding up the mountain and around deer and sheep farms. Beautiful rivers and streams. Great instructor.

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_sacant2

2018-05-09 00:01:58

"Wow! Such an amazing experience!" We had the most amazing time on our trek through the mountains with our wonderful guides Ally and Sam! Our horses were great and the cantering was super fun! The whole experience was excellent and...

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Bonnie R

2018-05-07 00:02:44

"Mountain quad biking" Awesome! Can’t speak highly enough of this activity. Very friendly operator. Safe, thorough, and considerate. Loads of fun. Great value at 2 hours long. Scenery incredible! Thanks, we will be back...

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Allana H

2018-05-05 18:18:23

"Top Beat Horse Ride" We had the most awesome time today on the Top Beat Ride! The ride was everything we imagined, plenty of cantering up the hills to the top with amazing views the entire time. Kelly took heaps of...

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Alison K

2018-05-04 23:52:10

"Don’t just take photos outside it - grab a bite to eat" Set out from Wanaka to Queenstown on a cool Autumnal day. The Cardrona is a lovely country pub. Friendly & happy service. Enjoyed a seafood chowder & a local brew. There is a lovely garden out the...

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Judith S

2018-05-01 22:07:36

"Best ride ever !!" Today I went to Cardrona and had the best horse riding experience here in New Zealand!! The view was amazing,my horse (John) was the coolest guy ever and my guide was super friendly - all in all the...

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Fishers68

2018-04-23 22:37:11

"High thrills on the high hills" Thank you Kelly for a fun family experience, quad biking on the stunning hills opposite Cardrona ... a must do if you’re looking for something different to do with your friends or kids on the South...

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Randi L

2018-04-17 22:37:40

"Great ride!" We had a great time with Ally! She picked 2 super horses and showed us views to die for! My hubby had never trotted or cantered before and Ally gave him the confidence he needed to love both! What...

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SpaceWolf

2018-04-11 13:57:21

"Horse riding" This was the first time I was riding a horse. My horse Angus was well trained a pretty much known what to do by himself, which let me more space to train individual parts of the raiding. We've been...

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Park C

2018-04-07 22:41:07

"Simply the best of best!" Three of us including me (47-year man), 15-year old daughter and 11-year son had a two-hour horse riding activity on 5 Apr. We all first time in horse riding so were a bit nervous and concerned that...

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Emma H

2018-04-03 17:16:19

"Exhilerating ride" The Top Beat ride is definitely for more experienced riders! Horses all as keen as we were to canter full pelt up to a stunning valley viewpoint in the Cardona hills. Ally inspired confidence and had...

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Matthew O

2018-04-01 15:52:04

"Scenic ride around Cardrona" We did our first horse riding experience here and had a great time. The team were flexible in rearranging our scheduled date due to heavy rain, and we were lucky to head out on a sunny day. The...

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Frederik T

2018-03-21 23:36:57

"Awesome snow view!!

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Pauline T

2018-03-20 22:01:09

"Best day of holiday" hello, My partner and I (Fred and Pauline) were given the best day of our holiday. Fred went with Stuart on the quad bike, Shaun gave him the most amazing time, the scenery, the fun, the scary bits...

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ktharter

2018-03-13 12:04:00

"Awesome Top Beat Ride" My husband and I are both experienced riders, so we were thrilled when we came across the Top Beat ride at The Cardrona. Ally was an excellent guide and filled us in on interesting facts about the...

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Rowan422015

2018-03-12 16:16:06

"Had a great time" It had been 30 years since I’d ridden a horse but thought I’d get back in the saddle. It was an enjoyable two hour ride with some interesting information about the area. The pace was a mix of mostly...

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ellekyllo

2018-02-18 14:46:30

"The Twilight ride is a must!" My friend and I went for the Twilight Ride and it was so amazing! A very personal feel to the ride and the prettiest time of day to ride as the sun was setting. Amazing staff as well! Definitely...

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MPCLDC

2018-02-16 23:18:55

"Feel the History" Truly remarkable hotel and experience. You can feel the history from the building, the grounds and the people. Definitely worth a stop.

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Blaw10

2018-02-14 08:11:08

"A cool stop on the road to Wanaka" This is a must do on the way to Wanaka. They have great drinks, good food, a cool outside area, nice restrooms (important when shopping for a travel break) and great history.

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Nonapama

2018-02-13 18:53:38

"Top quad mountain trail" Well done Ali on guiding another 2 Aussies on a fabulous quad bike tour. Ali made sure we were comfortably decked out and familiar with the quirks of quad biking, skilfully accommodating a novice and...

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clementineosssemer

2018-02-10 15:56:59

"AMAZING" This is really great fun! Most importantly the horses were really loved and well kept! I rode Danny who had a lot of character and a joy to ride. My parter was not as experienced as me, he really...

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Colin H

2018-02-10 00:03:16

"Horse riding" Yvonne & I cannot recommend Kelly & her lovely horses highly enough. Very professional & understanding. I had only been on a horse once some 40 years ago, which was not an experience to remember...

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KimvdHorst

2018-02-03 01:28:08

"Top Beat Ride by a real cow girl" Whilst travelling through NZ for six weeks I tried to do horse treks whenever possible. This one was one of the first where the experienced ride was actually an experienced ride. We were only three...

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PaulSiow

2018-01-30 19:53:23

"Beautiful small old hotel" We came across this small beautiful hotel as we were driving across the Cardrona range. We stopped to have a look around but didn't go inside. The exterior made us feel like going back in time. You...

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Noli_05

2018-01-24 21:40:49

"Horsetrail" Very friendly staff, horses are really well-behaved. Something for everyone, beginners and experienced riders. We really enjoyed it! Thank you!

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LOLGoldCoast

2018-01-12 18:43:58

"Beautiful old pub" So good to see how much history there is in these places! The pub has been kept beautifully but updated enough so it’s a perfect spot to hang out with family & friends. Huge beer garden out the...

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Maui F

2018-01-12 15:19:08

"Fantastic experience with young children" We are beginners with young children and our guide was great with providing clear and confident instruction. Our youngest was nervous at first but by the end said it was her favourite activity of our...

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BriRuss91

2018-01-10 23:55:53

"The Cardrona Horse Trail Ride" My partner and I visited for the midday pub ride and our experience was fantastic! I am an experienced rider and my partner a beginner and our guide, Ally, was great in matching our riding experience...

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Baklavaboy

2018-01-10 23:03:38

"First time on a horse" Wonderful experience riding through the valley with Kelly as our guide. Though we had no prior experience she made us feel at ease all the way. We were in excellent hands. The kids loved it! Highly...

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ghanbg

2018-01-04 17:04:50

"Beautiful beer garden " The place is lovingly set out and the garden out the back is just plain gorgeous. Kids can run around, everyone’s happy and the food and portions sizes are excellent.

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Joanne W

2018-01-01 20:52:03

"Lovely" Lovely restaurant and hotel in a stunning setting. I have come here multiple times and have never been let down by the hosts or the food. Always amazing!

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frankie_b83

2017-12-28 16:50:31

"Twilight Ride" My partner and I recently joined Ally, Ella and John for a Twilight ride last month. The scenery was beautiful, the horses perfectly behaved, and Ally very friendly and informative. We are beginner...

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morgui113

2017-12-24 14:44:12

"Amazing moment with the horses " We spent an amazing moment ! We did the 3 hours and half walk. Kelly was so friendly and nice and the horses just perfect for each of us ! The landscape are amazing and the beer at the hotel in the...

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jla1710

2017-12-20 21:43:16

"THE HIGH COUNTRY PUB TRAIL" Awesome experience, definitely worth going. Nice stop at the pub for quick drinks alongside the path. Magnificent, well kept and well trained horses.

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Debcartref

2017-12-20 15:01:58

"Fabulous venue" Stayed at Cardrona for one night only, wish I could have stayed longer. Beautiful gardens and log fires, inside and out. Steeped in history, photographs and memorabilia.

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Clive O

2017-12-19 21:39:34

"Character pub worth a drive" Well worth a drive from Wanaka to this charismatic old pub. Good beer and food. Nice wood burning fireplace outside.

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Sophie P

2017-12-09 18:13:45

"Wonderful experience!" Beautiful day on the high country pub trail. Both ginger bear and Ella were beautiful calm horses. The trail was amazing and scenic, with great history in the area. The pub topped it off with yummy...

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AJ F

2017-12-05 18:13:23

"Awesome fun and great views" Our group of 4 went on a ride with Kelly, who was great at matching the horse to the person depending on their experience/comfort level. We all ended up loving the ride, the tour, and the views. It...

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Wiltshire-feet

2017-12-04 14:48:13

"Not to be missed" Deceptive from the outside, I was expecting one large room. Restaurant and bar, beautiful garden and amazing log fire in the centre. Accommodation is sixteen rooms in this 1863 hotel with mostly...

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Sir_Kiet

2017-11-29 06:33:13

"Horseback Riding" My wife and I decided to do horseback riding in Cardrona Valley near Wanaka last minute and glad we did! We were both first time riders. It was just us 2 so we had Kelly all to ourselves. Kelly was...

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896jeffy

2017-11-28 17:48:09

"Amazing house trekking!" First time for house trekking on the mountain! Easy and amazing experience! Very kind person and horse! You can't miss it here!

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Herald N

2017-11-27 19:07:41

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emipaige

2017-11-09 21:54:00

"Amazing day" What an amazing day out! Ally was a great guide: knowledgeable, relaxed, safe. My partner and I don’t have much horse experience but on our solo twilight trek we felt like pros under Ally’s care. The...

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Drew D

2017-11-05 01:26:58

"Excellent " Kelly did an amazing job on the horse trek. She was knowledgeable, kind and incredibly friendly. Everything was prepared and ready to go on time. Facilities and stables were clean. The trek was...

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Rebecca C

2017-11-02 11:23:21

"Excellent horse trek" My husband and I went on the horse trek/pub combo with Ally. We had a really wonderful time, the horses were very patient and gentle for us beginners and Ally (our guide) was brilliant. She was very...

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varpuv2017

2017-10-24 20:03:00

"Amazing views in quad tour" We had a quad tour to the mountains nearby, amazing views and excellent service!! It was easy to ride the quad. We stopped for photos on top too.

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Mei Cheng L

2017-10-23 05:45:08

"Awesome views n exciting ride n great guide!" Kelly is a great guide who assured me with her detailed explanation for beginners to ride her horses Boss n Angus. We took High Country Pub trail at 1230pm on 9 October :). Kelly shows patience n...

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christiec2016

2017-10-20 22:43:24

"Wicked and historic " I heard of Cadrona and happen to stumble across it whilst driving through Crown Ranges - wicked little town with a lot of historic structures, the pub is very close to the toad and a lot of people...

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Arthur S S

2017-10-15 04:48:18

"Awesome and very safe horse ride with a beautiful scenery" We select The Cardrona after screening for every review for horse riding that is safe. Nobody wants to go to hospital on their vacation! Meeting Kelly really confirms all the review, she's very...

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Sarah R

2017-10-12 22:18:47

"Awesome ride" Kelly & the horses were wonderful, the scenery spectacular, and it was so much fun on the runs! Cardrona hotel was a great stop too.

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petebarron

2017-10-10 18:36:38

"One of the best experiences in Nz" We had the most thoroughly enjoyable horse riding trek with Ally which had us crossing rivers, climbing mountains and traveling at all different speeds, from trotting to cantering. Ally was a...

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Sarah C

2017-10-07 01:44:01

"A+ Quad Bike Tour!" I lucked out with a 1:1 quad bike tour with Sean, owner and amazing guide. Most companies probably would have canceled. Sean loves what he does and never considered it. I arrived a little...

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Holidaymoody

2017-10-05 10:37:19

"Amazing small group activity!" There's so many activities to choose from in Queenstown and Wanaka and it would seem too easy to miss this one. But don't! We are absolute beginners and our guide, Ally, was very patient and...

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Alexander G

2017-09-29 20:15:07

"Best adventure in whole of Wanaka region" Gorgeous spot for horse riding and quad biking. Our family thoroughly enjoyed both the horse and quad tours. Amazing views from the mountain and bit of a novelty being up near snow, just sadly not...

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brillbirdnsw

2017-09-29 00:23:35

"Best day" Ally was unbelievable. So attentive to all of us who ride with her, her knowledge of the history of the area was brilliant, . Ally certainly made our day a memorable one and the choice of horses...

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Geoff B

2017-09-14 16:33:53

"Great day" I did the quad tour in the morning which was fantastic. Up into the snow through cross country tracks, safe but exciting. In the afternoon, after an exhilarating trip up the mountain, had an awesome...

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Rod S

2017-09-12 21:45:05

"A week in Wanaka in summer" We stayed in Wanaka in March 2017 and visited the Cardrona Hotel several times as it is on the Crown Range Road to Queenstown. The Crown Range Road is an attraction in itself --- the highest road in...

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Jennifer_Melina

2017-09-12 21:12:12

"Top Beat Horsetrek" I would recommend the Top Beat to every experienced rider again! It was absolutely amazing and I really enjoyed it. You go for cantering a lot up of the hill, you have an amazing view and even just...

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Brenda H

2017-09-11 22:39:44

"The Cardrona Horseback Honeymoon Adventure" Andrew & I decided to do a horseback ride whilst on our Honeymoon & we loved Cardrona so much that we decided to do it there. Kelly was such a great tour guide not only informative but bubbly...

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emma M

2017-09-11 00:26:16

"Great experience " This was a highlight of our trip. Our guide Ali was lovely, very knowledgeable about the history of Cardrona and made us feel safe (I'm a beginner rider), while still keeping the ride exciting with...

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Tristan D

2017-09-09 23:51:21

"Best guided ride " Thankyou so much Kelly for a great day! Anna and I really enjoyed ourselves! So picturesque and beautiful! Lovely horses and a great guide!!

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mark c

2017-09-07 15:17:20

"Very good" Stopped here each day after skiing. Great fire. Great food. Outside table s in the sun. Great atmosphere.

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IanJamieson

2017-09-01 16:45:53

"Brilliant quad bike ride" I am an experienced quad bike rider, have been on many tours and owned a couple in the UK. This is by far the best tour I have been on, not like some tours with paths made for tourists. This tour i...

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Isabella A

2017-08-30 23:49:28

"Top Beat Ride" This ride is definitely one of the best rides I've ever been on. I am very keen on riding and was looking for a ride that was a little bit faster and exciting. The Cardrona's Top Beat Ride definitely...

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chelseaanna

2017-08-29 23:32:49

"Awesome experience and wicked views!" Was great to see the views from horseback, our guide was super lovely and knowledgeable. Highly recommend especially during winter months when the mountains are covered in snow makes the views that...

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leaknowles

2017-08-29 14:19:26

"Great time :) " Had a fantastic afternoon, would definitely recommend! Great views and very informative. The beer at the Cardrona Hotel was a nice addition to the day.

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Kerry J

2017-08-25 14:43:08

"Great day of riding" We had an excellent trip with Kelly through the back country and saw some amazing sights along the way. Trips available for all levels of riders, and Kelly is very patient with beginners. Very...

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Anthony T

2017-08-24 23:31:07

"Fantastic Experience" Thankyou to the team at The Cardrona for an amazing Quad Bike experience up into the snow today. It was my wife's first time and they took the time to teach her the ropes and in no time she was off...

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311kelsies

2017-08-24 00:42:11

"Breakfast, lunch and coffee!" We came here on there separate occasions on our NZ trip. Perfect location, great staff and great food! Mulled wine was great and kept us warm!

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Dennis K

2017-08-23 12:26:19

"Wonderful Quad Day - One of the best tours around Wanaka" If you always wanted to drive a quad bike - this is your place to be. When we booked the tour at Wanaka i-site, Sean our tour guide was flexible and offered us to come around at a time that suits us...

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331jno

2017-08-16 01:01:47

"High Country Pub Trail" Excellent trail around the local hills with amazing views of Cardrona farms and mountains. Spent around 3 hours on the horses with my 8 and 10 year old daughters, including trotting and some...

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Pj1509

2017-08-15 20:37:37

"Fantastic pub ride " Ali our guide was great. Our happy horses were matched to our experience and the ride was spectacular!

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Kel T

2017-08-13 03:38:16

"Awesome food!" The pulled pork burger and cheese scones are delicious! Awesome stop for a bit of grub and a history lesson.

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Carrie I

2017-08-12 11:38:18

"Amazing riding" The views of the mountains from horseback in this once-goldrush area are stunning. My ten year old daughter and I had a wonderful couple of hours on horseback, while our lovely and knowledgeable...

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Wayne T

2017-08-11 01:50:58

"Best après ski mulled wine in NZ" We have been in Wanaka for a week and have made sure we called into the Cardrona every day after skiing for a mulled wine and plate of Nachos.

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Noedita

2017-08-06 02:58:21

"Private Paid Ended with Group" Have to wait for 2h to have private lessons skiing but they put us at the group. Only have one day pass, not interesting anymore.

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avessey

2017-08-06 01:34:17

"Wow! Amazing ride! " As an experienced rider who has been lucky enough to ride in many different countries, I was really impressed with the ride. Beautiful scenery, Ally was able to tell me so much about the history of...

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Mausl2014

2017-08-04 14:29:57

"The best snow mobiling adventure" What a blast! Snow mobiling at the top of the Pisa Range near Wanaka is the best. Sean is super cool and gives fantastic explanations on how to work of those fantastic snow mobiles to get the most...

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Shane R

2017-08-03 21:50:39

"Awesome day" Went on the cardrona trek with my partner and guide Alley. From the moment we saddled up we had a great time and some awesome views. Alley was really informative and a great tour guide. Would...

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debbieeeee

2017-08-03 15:24:23

"Absolutely stunning" This was the highlight of our two week south island tour. The weather and views were stunning and our guide Ally made us beginners feel very comfortable and at ease - we even grasped the trot! Highly...

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81jfm

2017-07-29 17:41:16

"Quaint and cosy" Recommended by friends and locals. The atmosphere is old world, staff friendly and efficient. I had the seafood chowder, absolutely scrumptious, prices reasonable

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kennlee2017

2017-07-27 02:57:53

"Morning ride experience" Very relaxing watching the views slowly change Ally great company and the horses easy rides. Thanks for the lovely photos. The star turns were the two feral kittens who were so friendly in their...

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tia2ten

2017-07-25 17:32:45

"Gentle well behaved horses" I recently took a trail ride which included 2 children. The guide was excellent with clear and kind instructions. We had a wonderful time and even did several trots. Everyone was comfortable...

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gbh256

2017-07-21 12:34:58

"Good family fun!" We did the afternoon horseback Riding trek with Cardrona and really enjoyed ourselves. We had two girls age 8 and 11 with us and they did really well. Ally was our guide and was an excellent leader...

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ABallyhaiseManAbroad

2017-07-14 21:01:14

"A must do" My brother, his girlfriend and I went with Ali on the afternoon trek through the mountains, with a quick stop off at The Cadrona. Quite simply a fantastic experience with a fantastic host in Ali...

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erinroseharris

2017-07-14 10:48:25

"Fantastic ride!" My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed the High Country Pub Trail ride with Ally. The horses are beautiful and obviously well loved and cared for. Andy, Danny and Morgan were fantastic! Ally was very...

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Ivana S

2017-07-12 22:15:25

"Horse Riding" It was a wonderful experience to have a horse riding in Cardrona horse riding! Kelly is a very professional rider teaching us about horse riding! As a beginner, Kelly taught as all the tips and...

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THE CARDRONA Mountain Experience Quad Bike Tour
Wanaka, Otago, New Zealand
( 1047 )
2 Hours
9 Persons
English
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Brief

New Zealands highest guided Quad Bike tour!

Tour Detail

Allow at least 2 hours for The Cardrona Mountain Experience Quad Bike tour.

This tour gets right to the top of the mountain, usually into the snow in winter!

Offering more challenging and varied terrain with breath taking panoramic views, unquestionably New Zealand’s best guided quad bike tour. 

We currently offer a fantastic fleet of blue Yamaha 350cc, “Grizzly Ultramatic” Quad bikes. Fully automatic gearing and 4WD capability provides rider safety and comfort (heated handle grips as well!). We offer a variety of trails which allows us to cater for your requirements. Whether you have never ridden a quad before or really want to go exploring the high country, we tailor the ride for you!

We are the only operator offering quad bike tours in Wanaka, a fantastic way to get up to those amazing alpine vantage points, often only accessible by quad bike!

We specialise in taking small groups only and can be very flexible with departure times so give us a call to see what we can do for you today.

 

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Price Detail

Quad bike, Guide, helmet

Please dress warmly

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancel 7 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 6 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 5 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 3 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

Start Date:

*Final price, no additional charge by Gopackup

Tour Guide/ Owner
Reviews

DL2Some

2020-03-18 17:20:32

"Great Surprise, A Wonderful Restaurant" Pulling up in front we were not ready for what we found behind the doors. The bar and restaurant are quaint and welcoming, but the highlight is the beautiful open space in the back for lounging and...

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horseymum_11

2020-03-07 11:44:04

"Early lunch" Lovely quaint place, surprised it is on a main road as the photos I had seen don’t show this. Lunch was fine, enjoyed the features in the bar. Glad to have visited!

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Denise K

2020-02-15 21:10:24

"Absolutely awesome!! " I joined the "Top Beat" - Ride some days ago and it was so much fun! A real Highspeed-Ride up in the mountains (just for experienced riders). Small Group, fantastic Guide, good trained horses...

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chris_88_au

2020-02-02 18:32:34

"Mountain view quad biking" Great experience riding the quad bikes up the mountain. Great fun and fantastic views once you get to the top. The team were very flexible in moving our booking, and our guide was friendly and...

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paulamE3621LQ

2020-01-19 12:04:33

"Horse trek to Cardrona pub" Great trip thoroughly enjoyed by experienced and less experienced riders. Plenty of opportunity to trot and canter. Great guide

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mumoffiveau

2019-10-24 16:09:40

"What a pub!! Friendly and great service❤️" Worth a stop or stop-over. Had a great time but didn’t want to leave. Such friendly service and good time had for all. Beautiful beer garden out the back and some great antiques to look at. Will...

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daphnes985

2019-10-20 22:55:51

"Horseback riding " I really loved the ‘THE HIGH COUNTRY PUB TRAIL’. Beautiful surroundings and lovely horses on which you can rely. Although I’m an experienced rider, the guide (sorry, totally forgot your name...

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JennMarkCarter

2019-10-09 00:16:55

"Always good food and atmosphere " A must visit between Queenstown and Wanaka, sitting out by the fire with a mulled wine whilst roasting marshmallows is highly recommended.

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Monandrew88

2019-09-14 16:33:45

"Best trek ever!" This horse trek was a real highlight of our trip. We’ve done a few treks over the years and this was the best yet. The host, Kelly, is awesome and her horses so well behaved you don’t need to do...

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ShSheep

2019-09-02 13:38:46

"Sunny afternoon" I've just written my review under Cardrona Hotel. Busy but a local must see.lots of seating great atmosphere .large outdoor area with a fire.

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dhendo77

2019-08-30 11:14:34

"A must visit" Love this pub! We visited for breakfast with our two kids who loved exploring all the history and memorabilia around the pub and garden. Great ambience and service. Timing a visit when others will...

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Kimberley_jade87

2019-08-23 16:56:24

"Horse riding in the valley" Awesome experience! The guide was really friendly and knowledgeable of the local area. Horses can cater for beginners through to advanced riders.

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Scottnnicky

2019-07-20 18:54:05

"Quad biking with the Fam" Travelling from Queenstown to Wanaka we stopped in to The Cardrona for a Quad bike adventure. Kelly and Sally were amazing, we had a 2 young kids and they had quads bikes and a track to suit. The...

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adambuffin09

2019-07-19 18:47:24

"Amazing!" Did quad biking this morning. Had a blast! An unreal experience with the rough track. Our guide was incredible, extremely nice and took everyone's level of ability into account. Rained all today and...

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teemareeleslie

2019-06-12 20:11:46

"Horse Riding" We had the most amazing winter afternoon riding around Cardrona on the pub ride. The sun was out and the views were absolutely beautiful. We had a small group of 4 and the guide Ally was fantastic...

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Henarath

2019-05-31 15:47:46

"Amazing" What an amazing experience highly recommended and lots of fun! Kelley was fantastic with my 8 year old and and kept us entertained the whole way!

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kiwiemily8

2019-05-26 21:44:24

"Ultimate experience of a lifetime!!" My friend and I did the Top Beat horse trek for experienced riders. We have been on many horse treks around NZ in the past but none came close to this ride at Cardrona. We had the most amazing guide...

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Sandra M

2019-05-23 02:38:35

"Lovely place ro visit , Very Interesting Buildings" We stopped her for a break and had a lovely Fresh raspberry and white chocolate muffin and good coffee.really nice place to walk around and take in the mountains . We also looked around the rest of...

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TaniaS966

2019-05-08 15:05:32

"Tania S" A great afternoon on the horses. Throughly enjoyed the trek. The horses were beautiful and so well loved. Highly recommend this activity.

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BBTex

2019-05-05 10:55:16

"Quick drink stop" Our Moatrek tour took a mid morning break here for coffee and beers. The historic building is lovely inside and out. We enjoyed sitting at the picnic tables in the back on a beautiful sunny day.

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MarkP3951

2019-04-26 12:15:22

"Great adventure!" Spent a couple of hours riding through this beautiful country side. Kelly was a great guide with plenty of local knowledge. Matched me with my horse Wally and gave this beginner an amazing...

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FrancesMackie12

2019-04-14 21:21:13

"Amazing experience! " We had a great trek this morning with Kelly and her beautiful horses through Cardrona and it’s panoramic views. She was so knowledgable about the area and tailors her ride to the experience of the...

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jwd_lawyer

2019-04-13 23:17:35

"Nice pub, great history " We stopped here 3x in 2 days, after nearby horse trek and distillery tours. Friendly staff, good prices, wonderful setting. Can’t wait to visit in winter

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lynleycl

2019-04-07 09:33:35

"Always fun and relaxed " The outside area is perfect for adults and children, especially in good weather. The food is great too

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cmpe2019

2019-04-03 20:44:49

"Horseback Riding" The best horseback riding experience I have had yet! If you like to canter or take it slow, they have it all. The guides are extremely friendly and know everything about the area. A must do!

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JennaElvin

2019-03-30 18:03:45

"Horse Trek" We had such a fantastic ride with Kelly this morning, she was organised , professional and very informative throughout the tour about Cardrona and it’s history, the scenery was incredible , The...

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Mrdinkum

2019-03-28 22:01:09

"Top beat ride" Just had an amazing ride at Cardrona - the top beat ride. There were just two of us and the guide. It was a fast and exciting ride to a hitching point high up the mountain side. My horse was Lou...

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gloucester08

2019-03-23 19:53:59

"Cardrona Hotel" Very good Fried Chicken! Lovely Place! A Must Do around Wanaka. I would highly recommend stopping by. Also a pretty souvenir shop with cooking books and Gin from the Distellery near by. Coming back...

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Nancy011351

2019-03-10 21:21:36

"Worth the drive from Wanaka!" Return visit, great drive for lunch. Distillery across the road and the famous “bra fence” is near by. Bar and lunch menu are good with a beautiful outdoor setting to enjoy your meal. Worth the...

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Lynn P

2019-03-09 09:02:27

"Top Beat Ride - awesome!!!" We had lots of fun with Kelly on the top beat ride! Beautiful scenery with the crown range in the back and nice fast forward moving horses. We did a lot of cantering and since we were a small group...

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rallydoc

2019-03-06 09:14:24

"Pre and Post Tramp Stay" Very comfy character pub, great food at the restaurant and outdoor fireplace a post meal cheese and drinks magnet. Room spacious with two queen beds (booking a double or a twin gave this...

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Kelley811

2019-02-28 14:43:07

"Cardrona Horse Back Riding" My friend and I had an AMAZING experience riding with Kelly! She was so much fun, an excellent lead, and provided great insights into the history of the area. HIGHLY recommend and best horse back...

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torym808

2019-02-19 23:54:56

"Awesome mountain ride" My wife and I are experienced riders and signed up for the “Top Beat” ride at The Cardrona. We had a wonderful romp up the mountain, cantering most of the way and then got to the top to catch our...

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wjin21

2019-02-11 02:24:00

"Great horse riding in Cardrona Valley" We went for the 'twilight horse riding' on 10 Feb. Was a lovely afternoon and Kelly did a great job showing us stunning views. The horses are friendly and calm. Kelly also arranged a few running...

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Mark A

2019-01-31 10:46:27

"Great riding, great horses, great scenery" I am an experienced rider and thoroughly enjoyed the Cardrona pub trail led by the lovely Sam. The whole operation is well-organised by Kelly who made sure that a very mixed group were on the right...

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Derek P

2019-01-21 22:01:53

"Above expectations" Sam took me out on a 3 hr ride on the lovely Danny. Not only did she horse the group well according to ability, she managed the whole ride to give us all a fantastic experience even though we were...

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Stephkstella

2019-01-19 18:38:09

"Horse riding" The most amazing horse ride. Great group of people running it, very highly recommend. Horses are lovely

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Fleur v

2019-01-16 21:15:42

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noellej283

2019-01-08 19:51:41

"Amazing ride through the Cardrona Valley" After I initially booked the morning tour, Kelly called me to suggest I upgrade to the pub tour which would be more suitable for experienced riders. I’m glad I did! Kelly knows much about the area...

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82MarkT

2019-01-07 21:45:24

"What a magnificent little secret this is!!" From the road all you see is the iconic photo of the old pub. Once inside you realize that there is a whole lot more to this place. It is almost a museum in its own right. Fantastic staff, food and...

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benn377

2019-01-07 18:58:25

"Amazing" Great afternoon beautiful scenary, wonderful horses and Kelly is an incredible guide with great insight and flexibility with all levels of riding experience

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kaisizeng

2018-12-28 16:12:21

"Amazing First Experience" It was the first time our family went horse riding, and it was beyond any expectations! The views in the Twilight Riding were beautiful and breathtaking and the horses were also lovely. Sam was an...

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Mondonnaa831

2018-12-23 15:56:56

"Best experience ever!!" If you’re tired of riding horses that are slow and seem as though they are on auto then this is the place for you. I used to ride as a kid in the states and since I’ve stopped I have yet to find a...

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MSturt

2018-12-17 20:17:54

"Cardona Horses" Brilliant horse trek! Kelly was wonderful, and the care and attention given to every individual rider was fantastic. Having ridden before, but with complete beginners in our party, I was picky about...

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triciahales8

2018-12-02 00:46:53

"Beautiful ride. Beautiful country." We did the Cardrona pub trail ride today. 5 of us and we haven’t been on a ride for over 10 years. They matched the horses perfectly to our ability. Absolutely loved the ride and beautiful...

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ChrystalHansen

2018-11-26 01:30:07

"Amazing! " Make sure this pub is a stop off of you Queenstown Trip. The drive out is beautiful and the Pub even more so. Try the Cardrona Ale, Great Steak and Delicous Venison Burgers.

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AnneK450

2018-11-25 21:32:31

"Fantastic Historic Pub" Located 20 minutes along a scenic road, pub has indoor and garden setting with fun memorabilia . Worth a trip.

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Floridasun123

2018-11-17 18:56:25

"Brilliant experience! " Wow, well this experience surpassed our expectations, having checked tripadvisor before booking, I can only echo the sentiments of the previous reviews. From start to finish it was professionally run...

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teeblank

2018-11-16 21:56:23

"Morning trail ride splendour!" My partner and I both thoroughly enjoyed our 9:30am trail riding adventure with our horses GingerBear and Andy, led by Kelly and Sam. Both being beginners, with zero riding experience, Kelly set our...

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Manon D

2018-11-16 19:31:55

"Fantastic Top Beat Ride" The Top Beat ride is amazing and I would highly recommend this to any experienced rider who is looking for a ride with lots of fast canters, forward and energetic horses, and beautiful scenery. A...

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Georgia667

2018-11-10 11:49:40

"Great trail ride!" 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...

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missmollyrc0327

2018-11-10 11:04:55

"A lovely little spot to stop but not a lot happening" 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...

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charliecharlie444

2018-11-09 18:25:58

"So beautiful! " 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...

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Passenger15802872538

2018-11-06 20:21:29

"Top Beat . . . top ride for experienced riders" 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...

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Travel67219877458

2018-11-05 15:38:08

"Top Beat ride" 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...

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whatmarkshoots

2018-11-05 15:33:35

"Something different" 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...

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MeganLMP

2018-11-04 20:57:32

"Great horse trekking" 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...

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chrisdV2469ZY

2018-10-30 21:48:37

"Atmosphere" Awesome place to stop and enjoy the history. Awesome sitting areas including a large out door area which is kid friendly. Good list of drinks and menu. A must do when in the passing.

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Sightseer827332

2018-10-29 01:19:54

"Horse trekking" Absolutely amazing. As first timers, we enjoyed every single bit of the ride and the views were stunning. The staff has been friendly and helpful, making the whole experience even better! We had...

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KellyAKK

2018-10-28 21:21:30

"Perfect handling of the horses and our family:)" Our family of 4 (two daughters, 10 and 12) had a day out on the trail with Ally at The Cardrona. It was a great day on the three (+) hour trail ride and fulfilled what we'd dreamed it would be like...

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Roberta B

2018-10-28 16:24:46

"Amazing Ride!" The best trail ride I have taken while vacationing, and I love to see an area by horseback. Beautiful views and the lambs were adorable. Our guide gave a nice history of the area. The horses each...

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Gagandeep S

2018-10-20 17:13:09

"A awesome experience!" Kelly and Ally are two passionate people and that is clearly reflected from their customer service to knowledge of horses and techniques in riding for amateurs and professionals alike. It was great...

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danielausgong

2018-10-16 17:33:50

"Wonderful backcountry ride" Kelly and Ellie were excellent hosts, friendly greeting, they introduced us to our horses and made sure we were well setup for the ride. We loved the ride! Beautiful scenery, excellent info from the...

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tibbyfighter

2018-10-16 15:55:54

"Unforgettable experience!" I and my wife went to New Zealand for our honeymoon and we were looking for some activities that we would never forget. so we decided to go have a horse riding in Cardrona where it has a fantastic...

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Peggy H

2018-10-10 16:26:49

"It’s a really really nice experience! " 超好玩,Kelly 超級專業,馬兒很有個性但也是都很乖。騎馬沿途景色非常優美,Kelly講解的也很仔細。一定要來體驗看看!Super love it! The horsing riding tour is so great, so worth to try! The scene is amazing and Kelly is a great great guide. We really...

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ajdrew66

2018-10-10 13:11:55

"Great quadbiking and horse riding!" Our favourite activity on our 2 week NZ trip. Kelly took myself and 3 teenage boys on an awesome quad bike trip up the mountain. It had a bit of everything! Great info on the working farm we rode...

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pagechaos

2018-10-05 21:56:32

"Fabulous Quad Biking tour" We are a family of 5 with 3 teenage children, I called to see availability and the lovely Kelly answered the phone whilst she was out on a horse trek, she arranged a time with us that suited us much...

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thomasbayley

2018-09-26 22:46:20

"Fun horse trek" I had a lovely horse trek today doing the gold discovery trail, and as a beginner I was glad that the horse knew what he was doing so I could enjoy the views and the ride whilst not having to worry...

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rachelrosborne

2018-09-26 02:48:28

"Best views from horsback" When the booking agent said you can go horse back riding to the pub as was sold. The host was super awesome lady that made sure everyone had fun on The trail - matched the horses to the rider and...

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Joe T

2018-09-16 13:33:44

"100% Worth it !" Beautifull view, Good service, And i had guide Samantha learned alot about the area history as well. 100% worth the ride.

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maddog181

2018-09-03 03:21:54

"Snowmobile trip " Was the most epic day of our trip can’t recommend this experience enough. Big thanks to Shaun and his team as he made our experience personal with no limitations on carving up untouched snow. Highly...

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Kait O

2018-08-31 20:00:21

"Top beat ride is awesome" Second time back to do the advanced ride and it did not disappoint. Our guide ally was amazing, and our horses were great. Really well cared for, beautiful scenery, and we got to go very fast!

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logan8900

2018-08-27 14:49:18

"The mountain tour" My fiance and I recently did the mountain tour. We loved it . The guide was very easy going as she assessed us for the 1st part of the tour to see our ridding capabilities. Once she saw we could...

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Ally C

2018-08-26 00:31:09

"So much fun I went back again!" I had such a great time on the high country pub trail, I came back a 2nd time during my trip to Queenstown for the top beat ride. The guide Ally was great at guaging riding abilities and knows every...

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Quentin G

2018-08-23 21:29:08

"Quad bike tour" We did the quad bike tour, the host was wonderful and so informative. Had a blast would highly recommend it

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Chelsea J

2018-08-13 22:31:50

"My favourite experience of the trip!" Had such a great time with some beautiful animals and people. The horse trek was fun and catered easily for all skill levels. Kelly provided informative and entertaining commentary throughout the...

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Robert J

2018-08-13 19:44:24

"Skidoo" An awesome day on the skidoo with Shaun!! Definitely up there for the adrenaline seeker! It is physically demanding, however you can't beat the feeling of planing up on a skidoo in fresh pow!! Shaun...

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Townriders

2018-08-12 22:20:16

"Horse riding through gold mine country" My 10 year old daughter and I went for a 90 minute horse ride through Cardrona Valley & hills. Kelly- our guide - was very good with the riding part through gorgeous scenery but added greatly with...

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Jason B

2018-07-24 13:49:52

"Snowmobiling in the High Country" Love majestic views and the outdoors? Want to be shown around by locals with long ties to the area? If this is you and you are anywhere near New Zealand go to The Cadrona. It is a required...

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JanenCraig

2018-07-17 14:32:01

"Great food and atmosphere " Great staff great food perfect place for kids lots of room outside to run around. Fantastic wines nice mulled wine. Quick service despite how busy it was.

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Rebecca L

2018-07-15 22:37:27

"Stunning scenery, brilliant guide" This was a wonderful experience, the scenery is super, Kelly is a great guide with loads of local knowledge, the horses are much loved and they know their job. The local ale isn’t half bad either...

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Willow1653

2018-07-14 04:29:52

"Fab!" Must do - stop off for mulled wine and wedges after an epic day up the hill! Never disappoints! Great atmosphere inside and out. Fire going and grounds looking great!

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Fiona D

2018-07-14 00:43:19

"The Cardrona" We had a fantastic morning ride with Kelly. The horses are fantastic and Kelly was extremely professional and supportive. We loved it!

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Rosie S

2018-07-13 00:29:58

"Great horse riding experience through the Cardrona valley." It was a lovely experience with Kelly on the Gold Rush morning ride. As beginner riders, we found the experience very informative and helpful. The scenery was spectacular :)

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Emily W

2018-07-11 02:02:06

"Amazing horse ride with an amazing view" My partner and I went on a horse ride with guide sam. We had the most amazing time even though the weather wasn't the best. We saw amazing views of nz whilst enjoying a laugh with sam. She made us...

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Nhooper

2018-07-10 01:12:49

"AWESOME; SENSATIONAL; BREATHTAKING" This was my NZ highlight. Better than the Shotover Jet, winetasting or skiing. I have never ridden a quad but that didn't matter as I was taken through the ropes and never made to feel as though I...

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Jeremy H

2018-06-30 13:07:54

"Feel the cardrona valley like no other way" My wife and I went for an epic 4x4 style safari , quad bike of choice for me it was and off we went in control of our own destiny! Sean our quad pack leader was epic and relaxed and talked the...

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David_ST8074KV

2018-06-28 12:07:55

"Snowmobile Adventure Tour." We have all been on supposed "adventure" tours where the guides do their best to ensure that nothing remotely adventurous happens. Have no fear - Sean's Sled Spectacular is bloody brilliant. So long...

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Kathleen G

2018-06-27 15:38:31

"Absolutely amazing time" We went out with Sam to the Cardrona Hotel, we were in a really small group so could go as fast as we liked, it was honestly the best thing I’ve done in NZ so far. Love love loved it, views were...

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sarahgale95

2018-06-27 15:38:30

"Amazing experience, lovely guide" Went with these guys on the 3.5hr ride stopping at the Cardrona Hotel. We had the most amazing experience, the horses were so well-behaved and Sam our guide was so great, really friendly and...

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reneeboston12

2018-06-14 15:58:49

"Awesome" Absolutely loved our ride this morning. The guides were fantastic and the horses are a lot of fun. Incredible views, highly recommend this ride for any horse enthusiast wanting to explore NZ

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281darrells

2018-06-14 11:07:22

"The best Quad Bike experience in the snow you will ever have." Fantastic experience well worth the time and money. Awesome trek, fantastic Scenery. Guides well versed in the conditions and caters for all ranges of experience.

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nehagautam0490

2018-06-06 00:03:10

"A breathtaking experience" It was an amazing day at the Codrona today. Sam was our guide and man she was amazing! She started with a brief history with the area and took for a ride way up in the mountains. Our horses were...

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sadrush c

2018-06-03 04:02:33

"Horse Trekking" The horse tour at the cardrona was epic. It was my first time riding a horse and oh boy it was amazing. Kelly the guide was so good and made our tour a memorable one. Would recommend this place for...

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CassTeeky

2018-05-19 03:19:30

"Amazing horse riding experience" My husband and I did a 2 hour horse trek with Cardrona Horses and it was one of the highlights of our honeymoon! We got to ride 2 beautiful, calm horses and were led by Ally who taught us a lot about...

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Leonie K

2018-05-15 13:07:32

"Amazing ride" Amazing views and great horses. We really enjoyed doing this, both as an experienced rider and a beginner. Background info of the environment and the guides were also really nice.

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Mukesh M

2018-05-12 21:26:25

"Awesome ride." Great 2 hours of horse riding up the mountain and around deer and sheep farms. Beautiful rivers and streams. Great instructor.

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_sacant2

2018-05-09 00:01:58

"Wow! Such an amazing experience!" We had the most amazing time on our trek through the mountains with our wonderful guides Ally and Sam! Our horses were great and the cantering was super fun! The whole experience was excellent and...

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Bonnie R

2018-05-07 00:02:44

"Mountain quad biking" Awesome! Can’t speak highly enough of this activity. Very friendly operator. Safe, thorough, and considerate. Loads of fun. Great value at 2 hours long. Scenery incredible! Thanks, we will be back...

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Allana H

2018-05-05 18:18:23

"Top Beat Horse Ride" We had the most awesome time today on the Top Beat Ride! The ride was everything we imagined, plenty of cantering up the hills to the top with amazing views the entire time. Kelly took heaps of...

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Alison K

2018-05-04 23:52:10

"Don’t just take photos outside it - grab a bite to eat" Set out from Wanaka to Queenstown on a cool Autumnal day. The Cardrona is a lovely country pub. Friendly & happy service. Enjoyed a seafood chowder & a local brew. There is a lovely garden out the...

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Judith S

2018-05-01 22:07:36

"Best ride ever !!" Today I went to Cardrona and had the best horse riding experience here in New Zealand!! The view was amazing,my horse (John) was the coolest guy ever and my guide was super friendly - all in all the...

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Fishers68

2018-04-23 22:37:11

"High thrills on the high hills" Thank you Kelly for a fun family experience, quad biking on the stunning hills opposite Cardrona ... a must do if you’re looking for something different to do with your friends or kids on the South...

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Randi L

2018-04-17 22:37:40

"Great ride!" We had a great time with Ally! She picked 2 super horses and showed us views to die for! My hubby had never trotted or cantered before and Ally gave him the confidence he needed to love both! What...

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SpaceWolf

2018-04-11 13:57:21

"Horse riding" This was the first time I was riding a horse. My horse Angus was well trained a pretty much known what to do by himself, which let me more space to train individual parts of the raiding. We've been...

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Park C

2018-04-07 22:41:07

"Simply the best of best!" Three of us including me (47-year man), 15-year old daughter and 11-year son had a two-hour horse riding activity on 5 Apr. We all first time in horse riding so were a bit nervous and concerned that...

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Emma H

2018-04-03 17:16:19

"Exhilerating ride" The Top Beat ride is definitely for more experienced riders! Horses all as keen as we were to canter full pelt up to a stunning valley viewpoint in the Cardona hills. Ally inspired confidence and had...

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Matthew O

2018-04-01 15:52:04

"Scenic ride around Cardrona" We did our first horse riding experience here and had a great time. The team were flexible in rearranging our scheduled date due to heavy rain, and we were lucky to head out on a sunny day. The...

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Frederik T

2018-03-21 23:36:57

"Awesome snow view!!

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Pauline T

2018-03-20 22:01:09

"Best day of holiday" hello, My partner and I (Fred and Pauline) were given the best day of our holiday. Fred went with Stuart on the quad bike, Shaun gave him the most amazing time, the scenery, the fun, the scary bits...

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ktharter

2018-03-13 12:04:00

"Awesome Top Beat Ride" My husband and I are both experienced riders, so we were thrilled when we came across the Top Beat ride at The Cardrona. Ally was an excellent guide and filled us in on interesting facts about the...

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Rowan422015

2018-03-12 16:16:06

"Had a great time" It had been 30 years since I’d ridden a horse but thought I’d get back in the saddle. It was an enjoyable two hour ride with some interesting information about the area. The pace was a mix of mostly...

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ellekyllo

2018-02-18 14:46:30

"The Twilight ride is a must!" My friend and I went for the Twilight Ride and it was so amazing! A very personal feel to the ride and the prettiest time of day to ride as the sun was setting. Amazing staff as well! Definitely...

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MPCLDC

2018-02-16 23:18:55

"Feel the History" Truly remarkable hotel and experience. You can feel the history from the building, the grounds and the people. Definitely worth a stop.

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Blaw10

2018-02-14 08:11:08

"A cool stop on the road to Wanaka" This is a must do on the way to Wanaka. They have great drinks, good food, a cool outside area, nice restrooms (important when shopping for a travel break) and great history.

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Nonapama

2018-02-13 18:53:38

"Top quad mountain trail" Well done Ali on guiding another 2 Aussies on a fabulous quad bike tour. Ali made sure we were comfortably decked out and familiar with the quirks of quad biking, skilfully accommodating a novice and...

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clementineosssemer

2018-02-10 15:56:59

"AMAZING" This is really great fun! Most importantly the horses were really loved and well kept! I rode Danny who had a lot of character and a joy to ride. My parter was not as experienced as me, he really...

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Colin H

2018-02-10 00:03:16

"Horse riding" Yvonne & I cannot recommend Kelly & her lovely horses highly enough. Very professional & understanding. I had only been on a horse once some 40 years ago, which was not an experience to remember...

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KimvdHorst

2018-02-03 01:28:08

"Top Beat Ride by a real cow girl" Whilst travelling through NZ for six weeks I tried to do horse treks whenever possible. This one was one of the first where the experienced ride was actually an experienced ride. We were only three...

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PaulSiow

2018-01-30 19:53:23

"Beautiful small old hotel" We came across this small beautiful hotel as we were driving across the Cardrona range. We stopped to have a look around but didn't go inside. The exterior made us feel like going back in time. You...

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Noli_05

2018-01-24 21:40:49

"Horsetrail" Very friendly staff, horses are really well-behaved. Something for everyone, beginners and experienced riders. We really enjoyed it! Thank you!

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LOLGoldCoast

2018-01-12 18:43:58

"Beautiful old pub" So good to see how much history there is in these places! The pub has been kept beautifully but updated enough so it’s a perfect spot to hang out with family & friends. Huge beer garden out the...

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Maui F

2018-01-12 15:19:08

"Fantastic experience with young children" We are beginners with young children and our guide was great with providing clear and confident instruction. Our youngest was nervous at first but by the end said it was her favourite activity of our...

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BriRuss91

2018-01-10 23:55:53

"The Cardrona Horse Trail Ride" My partner and I visited for the midday pub ride and our experience was fantastic! I am an experienced rider and my partner a beginner and our guide, Ally, was great in matching our riding experience...

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Baklavaboy

2018-01-10 23:03:38

"First time on a horse" Wonderful experience riding through the valley with Kelly as our guide. Though we had no prior experience she made us feel at ease all the way. We were in excellent hands. The kids loved it! Highly...

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ghanbg

2018-01-04 17:04:50

"Beautiful beer garden " The place is lovingly set out and the garden out the back is just plain gorgeous. Kids can run around, everyone’s happy and the food and portions sizes are excellent.

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Joanne W

2018-01-01 20:52:03

"Lovely" Lovely restaurant and hotel in a stunning setting. I have come here multiple times and have never been let down by the hosts or the food. Always amazing!

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frankie_b83

2017-12-28 16:50:31

"Twilight Ride" My partner and I recently joined Ally, Ella and John for a Twilight ride last month. The scenery was beautiful, the horses perfectly behaved, and Ally very friendly and informative. We are beginner...

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morgui113

2017-12-24 14:44:12

"Amazing moment with the horses " We spent an amazing moment ! We did the 3 hours and half walk. Kelly was so friendly and nice and the horses just perfect for each of us ! The landscape are amazing and the beer at the hotel in the...

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jla1710

2017-12-20 21:43:16

"THE HIGH COUNTRY PUB TRAIL" Awesome experience, definitely worth going. Nice stop at the pub for quick drinks alongside the path. Magnificent, well kept and well trained horses.

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Debcartref

2017-12-20 15:01:58

"Fabulous venue" Stayed at Cardrona for one night only, wish I could have stayed longer. Beautiful gardens and log fires, inside and out. Steeped in history, photographs and memorabilia.

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Clive O

2017-12-19 21:39:34

"Character pub worth a drive" Well worth a drive from Wanaka to this charismatic old pub. Good beer and food. Nice wood burning fireplace outside.

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Sophie P

2017-12-09 18:13:45

"Wonderful experience!" Beautiful day on the high country pub trail. Both ginger bear and Ella were beautiful calm horses. The trail was amazing and scenic, with great history in the area. The pub topped it off with yummy...

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AJ F

2017-12-05 18:13:23

"Awesome fun and great views" Our group of 4 went on a ride with Kelly, who was great at matching the horse to the person depending on their experience/comfort level. We all ended up loving the ride, the tour, and the views. It...

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Wiltshire-feet

2017-12-04 14:48:13

"Not to be missed" Deceptive from the outside, I was expecting one large room. Restaurant and bar, beautiful garden and amazing log fire in the centre. Accommodation is sixteen rooms in this 1863 hotel with mostly...

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Sir_Kiet

2017-11-29 06:33:13

"Horseback Riding" My wife and I decided to do horseback riding in Cardrona Valley near Wanaka last minute and glad we did! We were both first time riders. It was just us 2 so we had Kelly all to ourselves. Kelly was...

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896jeffy

2017-11-28 17:48:09

"Amazing house trekking!" First time for house trekking on the mountain! Easy and amazing experience! Very kind person and horse! You can't miss it here!

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Herald N

2017-11-27 19:07:41

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emipaige

2017-11-09 21:54:00

"Amazing day" What an amazing day out! Ally was a great guide: knowledgeable, relaxed, safe. My partner and I don’t have much horse experience but on our solo twilight trek we felt like pros under Ally’s care. The...

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Drew D

2017-11-05 01:26:58

"Excellent " Kelly did an amazing job on the horse trek. She was knowledgeable, kind and incredibly friendly. Everything was prepared and ready to go on time. Facilities and stables were clean. The trek was...

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Rebecca C

2017-11-02 11:23:21

"Excellent horse trek" My husband and I went on the horse trek/pub combo with Ally. We had a really wonderful time, the horses were very patient and gentle for us beginners and Ally (our guide) was brilliant. She was very...

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varpuv2017

2017-10-24 20:03:00

"Amazing views in quad tour" We had a quad tour to the mountains nearby, amazing views and excellent service!! It was easy to ride the quad. We stopped for photos on top too.

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Mei Cheng L

2017-10-23 05:45:08

"Awesome views n exciting ride n great guide!" Kelly is a great guide who assured me with her detailed explanation for beginners to ride her horses Boss n Angus. We took High Country Pub trail at 1230pm on 9 October :). Kelly shows patience n...

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christiec2016

2017-10-20 22:43:24

"Wicked and historic " I heard of Cadrona and happen to stumble across it whilst driving through Crown Ranges - wicked little town with a lot of historic structures, the pub is very close to the toad and a lot of people...

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Arthur S S

2017-10-15 04:48:18

"Awesome and very safe horse ride with a beautiful scenery" We select The Cardrona after screening for every review for horse riding that is safe. Nobody wants to go to hospital on their vacation! Meeting Kelly really confirms all the review, she's very...

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Sarah R

2017-10-12 22:18:47

"Awesome ride" Kelly & the horses were wonderful, the scenery spectacular, and it was so much fun on the runs! Cardrona hotel was a great stop too.

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petebarron

2017-10-10 18:36:38

"One of the best experiences in Nz" We had the most thoroughly enjoyable horse riding trek with Ally which had us crossing rivers, climbing mountains and traveling at all different speeds, from trotting to cantering. Ally was a...

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Sarah C

2017-10-07 01:44:01

"A+ Quad Bike Tour!" I lucked out with a 1:1 quad bike tour with Sean, owner and amazing guide. Most companies probably would have canceled. Sean loves what he does and never considered it. I arrived a little...

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Holidaymoody

2017-10-05 10:37:19

"Amazing small group activity!" There's so many activities to choose from in Queenstown and Wanaka and it would seem too easy to miss this one. But don't! We are absolute beginners and our guide, Ally, was very patient and...

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Alexander G

2017-09-29 20:15:07

"Best adventure in whole of Wanaka region" Gorgeous spot for horse riding and quad biking. Our family thoroughly enjoyed both the horse and quad tours. Amazing views from the mountain and bit of a novelty being up near snow, just sadly not...

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brillbirdnsw

2017-09-29 00:23:35

"Best day" Ally was unbelievable. So attentive to all of us who ride with her, her knowledge of the history of the area was brilliant, . Ally certainly made our day a memorable one and the choice of horses...

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Geoff B

2017-09-14 16:33:53

"Great day" I did the quad tour in the morning which was fantastic. Up into the snow through cross country tracks, safe but exciting. In the afternoon, after an exhilarating trip up the mountain, had an awesome...

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Rod S

2017-09-12 21:45:05

"A week in Wanaka in summer" We stayed in Wanaka in March 2017 and visited the Cardrona Hotel several times as it is on the Crown Range Road to Queenstown. The Crown Range Road is an attraction in itself --- the highest road in...

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Jennifer_Melina

2017-09-12 21:12:12

"Top Beat Horsetrek" I would recommend the Top Beat to every experienced rider again! It was absolutely amazing and I really enjoyed it. You go for cantering a lot up of the hill, you have an amazing view and even just...

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Brenda H

2017-09-11 22:39:44

"The Cardrona Horseback Honeymoon Adventure" Andrew & I decided to do a horseback ride whilst on our Honeymoon & we loved Cardrona so much that we decided to do it there. Kelly was such a great tour guide not only informative but bubbly...

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emma M

2017-09-11 00:26:16

"Great experience " This was a highlight of our trip. Our guide Ali was lovely, very knowledgeable about the history of Cardrona and made us feel safe (I'm a beginner rider), while still keeping the ride exciting with...

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Tristan D

2017-09-09 23:51:21

"Best guided ride " Thankyou so much Kelly for a great day! Anna and I really enjoyed ourselves! So picturesque and beautiful! Lovely horses and a great guide!!

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mark c

2017-09-07 15:17:20

"Very good" Stopped here each day after skiing. Great fire. Great food. Outside table s in the sun. Great atmosphere.

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IanJamieson

2017-09-01 16:45:53

"Brilliant quad bike ride" I am an experienced quad bike rider, have been on many tours and owned a couple in the UK. This is by far the best tour I have been on, not like some tours with paths made for tourists. This tour i...

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Isabella A

2017-08-30 23:49:28

"Top Beat Ride" This ride is definitely one of the best rides I've ever been on. I am very keen on riding and was looking for a ride that was a little bit faster and exciting. The Cardrona's Top Beat Ride definitely...

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chelseaanna

2017-08-29 23:32:49

"Awesome experience and wicked views!" Was great to see the views from horseback, our guide was super lovely and knowledgeable. Highly recommend especially during winter months when the mountains are covered in snow makes the views that...

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leaknowles

2017-08-29 14:19:26

"Great time :) " Had a fantastic afternoon, would definitely recommend! Great views and very informative. The beer at the Cardrona Hotel was a nice addition to the day.

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Kerry J

2017-08-25 14:43:08

"Great day of riding" We had an excellent trip with Kelly through the back country and saw some amazing sights along the way. Trips available for all levels of riders, and Kelly is very patient with beginners. Very...

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Anthony T

2017-08-24 23:31:07

"Fantastic Experience" Thankyou to the team at The Cardrona for an amazing Quad Bike experience up into the snow today. It was my wife's first time and they took the time to teach her the ropes and in no time she was off...

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311kelsies

2017-08-24 00:42:11

"Breakfast, lunch and coffee!" We came here on there separate occasions on our NZ trip. Perfect location, great staff and great food! Mulled wine was great and kept us warm!

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Dennis K

2017-08-23 12:26:19

"Wonderful Quad Day - One of the best tours around Wanaka" If you always wanted to drive a quad bike - this is your place to be. When we booked the tour at Wanaka i-site, Sean our tour guide was flexible and offered us to come around at a time that suits us...

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331jno

2017-08-16 01:01:47

"High Country Pub Trail" Excellent trail around the local hills with amazing views of Cardrona farms and mountains. Spent around 3 hours on the horses with my 8 and 10 year old daughters, including trotting and some...

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Pj1509

2017-08-15 20:37:37

"Fantastic pub ride " Ali our guide was great. Our happy horses were matched to our experience and the ride was spectacular!

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Kel T

2017-08-13 03:38:16

"Awesome food!" The pulled pork burger and cheese scones are delicious! Awesome stop for a bit of grub and a history lesson.

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Carrie I

2017-08-12 11:38:18

"Amazing riding" The views of the mountains from horseback in this once-goldrush area are stunning. My ten year old daughter and I had a wonderful couple of hours on horseback, while our lovely and knowledgeable...

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Wayne T

2017-08-11 01:50:58

"Best après ski mulled wine in NZ" We have been in Wanaka for a week and have made sure we called into the Cardrona every day after skiing for a mulled wine and plate of Nachos.

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Noedita

2017-08-06 02:58:21

"Private Paid Ended with Group" Have to wait for 2h to have private lessons skiing but they put us at the group. Only have one day pass, not interesting anymore.

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avessey

2017-08-06 01:34:17

"Wow! Amazing ride! " As an experienced rider who has been lucky enough to ride in many different countries, I was really impressed with the ride. Beautiful scenery, Ally was able to tell me so much about the history of...

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Mausl2014

2017-08-04 14:29:57

"The best snow mobiling adventure" What a blast! Snow mobiling at the top of the Pisa Range near Wanaka is the best. Sean is super cool and gives fantastic explanations on how to work of those fantastic snow mobiles to get the most...

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Shane R

2017-08-03 21:50:39

"Awesome day" Went on the cardrona trek with my partner and guide Alley. From the moment we saddled up we had a great time and some awesome views. Alley was really informative and a great tour guide. Would...

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debbieeeee

2017-08-03 15:24:23

"Absolutely stunning" This was the highlight of our two week south island tour. The weather and views were stunning and our guide Ally made us beginners feel very comfortable and at ease - we even grasped the trot! Highly...

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81jfm

2017-07-29 17:41:16

"Quaint and cosy" Recommended by friends and locals. The atmosphere is old world, staff friendly and efficient. I had the seafood chowder, absolutely scrumptious, prices reasonable

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kennlee2017

2017-07-27 02:57:53

"Morning ride experience" Very relaxing watching the views slowly change Ally great company and the horses easy rides. Thanks for the lovely photos. The star turns were the two feral kittens who were so friendly in their...

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tia2ten

2017-07-25 17:32:45

"Gentle well behaved horses" I recently took a trail ride which included 2 children. The guide was excellent with clear and kind instructions. We had a wonderful time and even did several trots. Everyone was comfortable...

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gbh256

2017-07-21 12:34:58

"Good family fun!" We did the afternoon horseback Riding trek with Cardrona and really enjoyed ourselves. We had two girls age 8 and 11 with us and they did really well. Ally was our guide and was an excellent leader...

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ABallyhaiseManAbroad

2017-07-14 21:01:14

"A must do" My brother, his girlfriend and I went with Ali on the afternoon trek through the mountains, with a quick stop off at The Cadrona. Quite simply a fantastic experience with a fantastic host in Ali...

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erinroseharris

2017-07-14 10:48:25

"Fantastic ride!" My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed the High Country Pub Trail ride with Ally. The horses are beautiful and obviously well loved and cared for. Andy, Danny and Morgan were fantastic! Ally was very...

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Ivana S

2017-07-12 22:15:25

"Horse Riding" It was a wonderful experience to have a horse riding in Cardrona horse riding! Kelly is a very professional rider teaching us about horse riding! As a beginner, Kelly taught as all the tips and...

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