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After all riding abilities and expectations have been established, riders are matched to horses and safety helmets fitted.

Horse riding is then demonstrated by the guide so the riders may watch then with the assistance of a mounting block, riders are helped on board their horse and given a one on one lesson. After a pre ride safety talk the ride commences up the mountain with the friendly and competant guide leading the way. The beautiful scenery is accompanied by a commentary of certain points of interest of Cardrona Valley including the 1860s gold rush and the working sheep, cattle and deer farm the trail passes through (including a river crossing!).

A little over half way the guide will stop the ride at the historic Cardrona Hotel where the riders will be helped to dismount, tie their horses up to the hitching rail and invited inside for a complimentary beer/wine/coffee/soft drink - the classiest way to arrive at the pub! After the break the guide will help the riders mount up again before riding back to base along the Cardrona river.
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The Cardrona
Saddle up and explore New Zealand’s rugged wilderness on this 3.5-hour Cardrona High Country pub trail horse-riding trek. Head on horseback into the New Zealand countryside with your guide. Discover points of historical interest along the winding mountain trails, and gain insight into the 19th-century gold rush that brought wealth to the area. Pass through a working cattle farm, traverse choppy rivers and enjoy panoramic views over the rugged scenery. Stop at the historic Cardrona Hotel for a complimentary drink, then return to base along the mighty Cardrona River.
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Perfect for all ages and skill level
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Free drinks included
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
First Class Country Trek

Nothing can compare with the wonderful horse trek I had recently at The Cardrona Horses. I was nervous about riding since I hadn't been in the saddle for about 8 years and also have no fluid left in the 2nd disc in my spine due...More

1  Thank Delwinnie
Reviewed 5 July 2018
Great afternoon out

We had a lovely time on the 'Pub' ride. Our 7 year old came along and was especially well catered for. We even got to try trotting!

Thank Tara E
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile
Best Experience Ever Thanks!

We did the Cardrona High Country Pub Trail Horse Riding Trek today and had a really amazing time. I highly recommend it. The instructor was extremely attentive and I felt very safe. The horses were really well trained and she selected the perfect horses for...More

2  Thank Tasha M
Reviewed 9 May 2018
Everything that we expected!

We are a family of four with little riding experience and this trip was perfect. As mentioned in many other posts, Ally was just fantastic. She is easy going but maintains control of the trip, from picking the right horses, to explaining how to handle...More

Thank Brad K
Reviewed 27 April 2018
Great thing to do in Cardrona even for a novice

Excellent experience. Ally was very confident and knew her horses inside and out. Impressive. Two of the four of us were complete novice's. Never been on a horse before, but she got us up to trotting without falling off!! The trek views were spectacular. The...More

1  Thank John2016NZ
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