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The High Country Pub Trail

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    The Cardrona

  • Locations

    Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

  • Activities

    Adventure, Horseback

  • Price
    NZ$139 NZD per person
  • Duration

    3.5 hours

  • Avg Distance

    12 km

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    Everyday 1230pm

  • Starting Location

    The Cardrona

  • Price Includes

    A beverage of your choice at our stop off point Cardrona Hotel.

  • Notes

    Let us know your horse riding experience so we can tailor the ride to make it as enjoyable as possible!


  • Ride your horse up the mountain and to the pub and have a drink on us!
  • Breath taking views of the surrounding mountain ranges. (Take a small camera!)
  • Chances to go for a trot/canter if you want/ are able to.
  • Interesting commentary on the 1860s gold rush the Cardrona Valley experienced whilst riding through the working sheep, cattle & deer farm.
  • Crossing the Cardrona River on your horse - keeping an eye out for gold!




Trip Info

Mount up and begin the big hill climb which soon gives way to spectacular views of the surrounding mountains on this horseback adventure. The working Merino sheep farmland turns to rugged rock and tussock country as you climb higher to get that even better photo opportunity. Really feels like you are on top of the world in the middle of nowhere! Descend to the iconic Cardrona Hotel where you dismount & tie your horse to our hitching rail and enjoy a well earned beverage on us in the gorgeous garden bar. If you fancy a bit of a run here’s your chance to cut loose! The trail along the river allows a safe stretch to have a nice canter- the whole package!

Your adventure awaits!

The Cardrona

“The Cardrona” sightseeing activity centre offers first class family friendly guided horse trekking and quad biking tours of the stunning Cardrona Valley, between Wanaka and Queenstown in the South Island of New Zealand. Awarded the 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

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