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The Cardrona – Epic Quad Biking and Horse Riding Tours

The Cardrona offers first-class quad biking and horse riding tours in the majestic Cardrona Valley. The Cardrona Valley is situated between Wanaka and Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand. The Valley itself is steeped in fascinating history and breathtaking natural beauty, making it one of the country’s must-see destinations. Quad biking or horse riding in Cardrona is both a learning experience and a thrilling scenic adventure.

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Quad Biking in Cardrona

Quad Biking in Cardrona is an incredible opportunity to experience the heavenly high country to the fullest and reach amazing alpine vantage points. The Cardrona quad biking tours can be tailored to suit all levels of riding experience, whether you’ve never ridden a quad bike before or are looking for a real challenge. With fully automatic gearing and 4WD capability quad bikes, all riders are sure to have a safe, exhilarating riding experience.

The Mountain Experience is without question one of the best guided bike tours in New Zealand. This 2.5-hour quad biking journey takes you right up to the top of the mountain, where you’ll be treated with spectacular panoramic views. Due to the challenging, varied terrain, this tour is restricted to riders aged 16 years and up.

 Cardrona quad biking

Six smiling people exploring a sunny Cardrona trail on quad bikes  – Image Credit: The Cardrona Facebook Page

For a quad bike adventure that’s perfect for families to ride together, the River Run tour is perfect - with a variety of bikes available for anyone aged over 6 years old. This scenic river experience can be tailored to suit your family’s abilities and comfort level, and includes plenty of exciting dips, hollows, rises and ridges!


Horse Riding in Cardrona

The Cardrona offers an excellent variety of horse riding tours for all experience levels, with trained horses that can take beginner riders as young as five years old. Before starting each horse trek, riders are given a one-on-one riding lesson by an instructor. All horses have been handpicked for their calm, gentle temperament, with their own unique personalities that you will get to know along the tour. Even if you’ve never ridden a horse before, you can feel comfortable and confident knowing you’re in the safe hands of an experienced instructor and a well-behaved horse.

The Gold Discovery Trail is one of the most popular Cardrona horse riding tours. This tour takes you across the Cardrona River and up to the mountains of the working sheep and cattle, where you’ll learn all about the history of Cardrona gold rush of the 1860s. This journey is usually about 2 hours long and is suitable for all levels of riding experience.

If you’re craving an even longer riding journey, the High Country Pub trail offers the unique chance for a 3.5-hour horse trek. This ride takes you up to the mountains of Cardrona Valley, where you’ll take in the amazing views of the surrounding Pisa and Crowne Range, and the Cardrona ski area. No riding experience is necessary for this tour – but if you want to cut loose, there are plenty of chances for trotting and cantering. The stopover at the historic Cardrona Hotel is one of the journey’s highlights, where you’ll get the chance to dismount your horse, stretch your legs and enjoy a well deserved drink at the hotel.

 Horse riding at Cardrona

Three riders at speed with an epic mountain backdrop – Image Credit: The Cardrona Facebook Page

The Cardrona also offers exclusive horse riding opportunities for the most experienced riders. As New Zealand’s highest horse trek, the “Top Beat” ride is truly an unforgettable experience. This all-new ride offers plenty of chances for cantering, as well as a stopover for incredible photo opportunities high up in the mountain. 

Riding at Cardrona

Seven happy horses and riders in Cardrona, watched by an ice-capped mountain – Image Credit: The Cardrona Facebook Page

You can find an amazing adventure to suit any level of quad biking and horse riding experience at The Cardrona!  From Queenstown, you can book a vehicle from Omega Rental Cars and reach The Cardrona’s incredible guided horse and quad bike tours in just under an hour’s drive.

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