The Gold Discovery Trail Horse Trek Activity in Wanaka

The Gold Discovery Trail Horse Trek

Let your horse take you across the Cardrona River while keeping a keen eye out for gold along the way! Learn about the gold rush that Cardrona experienced in the 1860s which gave way to farming which you will experience first hand as you ride through mobs of Merino sheep. Climb to a beautiful vantage point allowing breathtaking views of Mount Cardrona and the Crown Range. The meeting time for The Gold Discovery Trail is 9:30am. The Cardrona headquarters is a 20 minute drive for Wanaka or 45 minute drive from Queenstown over the Crown Range Road. No riding experience is required for this horse trek activity as we provide suitable instruction for each individuals horse riding ability before the ride commences. Children can be led from the lead horse if required. This ride takes a journey along the Cardrona River under the willow trees, crosses through the river and ascends up in to the mountains of the working sheep & cattle station allowing spectacular views down the the Cardrona Valley and the surrounding mountain ranges along the way. Reward your horse with a well earned bucket of feed on return to the stables!


  • Ride a horse through the river & up into the hills in The Cardrona sunrise!


Full Description

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 straps” 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. Children’s saddles 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!



Meeting Point

2125 Cardrona Valley road, Cardrona Valley, Wanaka

Look out for The Cardrona Distillery & the famous "bra fence"

Additional Information

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.

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NZ$ 169

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The Gold Discovery Trail Horse Trek

Let your horse take you across the Cardrona River while keeping a keen eye out for gold along the way! Learn about the g...Show More
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(5 - 80 years)
Not suitable for Infants.
Duration: 2 Hours
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