Backcountry Saddle Expeditions

Overshadowed by majestic mountain ranges, explore the picturesque and historic Cardrona Valley on horseback, with Backcountry Saddle Expeditions Ltd, riding an Appaloosa horse out onto the tussock covered hills of Mt Cardrona Station.


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After 31 years in the Cardrona Valley Backcountry Saddle Expeditions has firmly entrenched itself in the history of the area by moving into the original wool-shed on Mt Cardrona Station.
Overshadowed by Mt Cardrona, home of the popular Cardrona Ski Resort, Backcountry Saddles offers rides out onto the grass covered plateau high above the valley floor. We splash through crystal clear spring fed creeks, wind through native matagouri and kanuka scrub and marvel at the beauty of Cardrona's rugged landscape.
Appaloosa horses are our chosen breed of horse with impeccable temperament and sure-footedness in mountainous conditions. Combined with the security of a western saddle they are a proven safe and reliable way to explore the valley.

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Physical address

Backcountry Saddle Expeditions, Mt Cardrona Station, 2130 Cardrona Valley Road, Cardrona, Wanaka, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
8.00am - 5.30pm
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
45km from Queenstown airport
Proximity to town:
25km from Wanaka (20 mins drive)

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $90.00
(15 year(s) and under)
Age restriction:

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