Discover Cardrona

Back Country Saddles are located between Wanaka and Queenstown on the Crown Range road.  The stables are situated 25 kms up the Cardrona Valley from Wanaka and is directly opposite the Snow Farm Cross Country Ski Field entrance.

It’s a pleasant 20 minute drive with high country stations on either side of the valley floor.

From Queenstown allow 50 minutes for a scenic drive over the Crown range. We are 2km after the iconic Cardrona Hotel, the main surviving local historic building.

Back in the late 1800s the area was home to thousands of gold miners and even now the ruins of their accommodation and mine workings abound.  You can’t miss seeing them as your horse riding trip weaves around the hills and through the valleys of this beautiful part of New Zealand.


Besides Horse riding other activities in the Cardrona region  in winter both sides of the valley are host to countless snow seekers.  Cardrona Alpine Resort to the West is the  SnowFarm and to the East it caters for freestylers and Cross Country skiers.

The Cardrona Distillery and Museum is now open and is definately worth a visit

While the Cardrona Hotel is iconic and the social hub of the valley you can also stay at the Benbrae Villas, the Waiorau Homestead and the Cardrona Alpine Chalet