The Cardrona Ltd


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The most special & exciting way to create your lasting Wanaka - Queenstown holiday memories is from horseback or quad bike high up in the stunning mountains of The Cardrona. There is no better way to connect with the absolute remote & rugged beauty of this incredible area coupled with first class service & equipment. Historic gold mining relics of the past, high country sheep station action, views second to none. Tailored rides caring for & providing new skills to those new to horses or quad bikes but also options for more challenging terrain leaving competent riders with a satisfied smile.... Ride out with THE CARDRONA today to discover the secrets of our unique alpine paradise!




The Cardrona is situated in the stunning Cardrona Valley, Wanaka in the South Island of New Zealand. It is situated right at the base of the Cardrona ski field. Only a 45 minute picturesque drive over the Crown range from Queenstown or 20 minutes from Wanaka.

An exciting sightseeing activity centre based around the idea of allowing visitors to explore and experience our unique slice of high country heaven via guided tours via horseback or quad bike. With the intention to expand on to include other adventure activities, so watch this space for more things to do in Cardrona!

Cardrona has so much to offer in the way of its rugged high country scenery, the changing moods and distinguished seasons, the many historical gold mining stories, the working sheep, cattle & deer farm that we are in the heart of and the famous historical Cardrona Hotel that we will be incorporating as a stop on some of the tours.

The possibilities are endless- EXPERIENCE IT!


Our lovely team of trekking horses are waiting to take you on an unforgettable journey into the mountains.

We have handpicked the horses for their kind and gentle temperament and behaviour both on the ground and under saddle.

There are a selection of ages, heights and horsanalities across the herd to cater for riders of differing weights and riding experience levels.

We use Syd Hill Half Breed saddles which are a cross between a western and Australian stock style saddle, so very comfortable for long distance riding, and very lightweight for the horses comfort. They have been fitted with monkey strap to the pommel (front of the saddle) for those who would like to hold on for extra stability. Also extra strapping to tie on extra clothing, camera cases etc. Childrens saddles are available.

We provide a one-on-one riding lesson with each rider before the trek departs to ensure riders are confident with how to steer and stop, although we do encourage the more humane loose rein style of riding so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery!


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. 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, we tailor the ride for you!

At present there are two ride options, a scenic river experience with dips and hollows, rises and ridges, catering for the all-round rider, or the more adventurous mountain experience offering more undulating and varied terrain and exclusive panoramic views.

Tailored rides are available on request.


Please ensure have with you sturdy footwear, warm and waterproof clothing, sunscreen, water, a camera and a big smile!


2125 Cardrona Valley Rd,

Map & Directions

2125 Cardrona Valley Rd, Cardrona, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand


20 minute self drive from Wanaka

1 hour self drive from Queenstown

Cancellation Policy

Full refund, less any fees paid for cancellations made greater than 24 hours of your activity start date.
Any booking modification requests greater than 24 hours of your activity start date are at the discretion of the operator and may not be refundable.
Cancellations made within 24 hours of your activity start date are non-refundable.
No amendments or modifications allowed within 24 hours of your start date. Any changes requested in this timeframe will not be eligible for a refund.
We remind you that this is a “scenic tour” NOT A RACE!
Behaviours that will not be tolerated;
•Excessive speed
•Attempting to do ‘snakeys’/ sideways / drifting / donuts
•Following too close / ‘tailgating’ the bike in front
•Riding in an unsafe/ abusive/ reckless / irresponsible manner
We MUST respect the land, animals, the quad bikes & others on the tour.
You are required to pay for any damage you cause to bikes/ equipment. Booking confirmation includes acceptance you will provide a valid credit card that will be charged for any damages.
Smoking is not permitted on the premises or on the mountain at any time
Failure to follow these instructions may result in your tour being terminated with NO REFUND
Enjoy your THE CARDRONA Experience!!
Please ensure to read through our cancellation policy & waiver form prior to booking:

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