Horse Riding

Our horse trekking routes vary from day to day through the historic gold mining valley and high country farm plateaus with the towering mountains of the Cardrona Valley as your backdrop. As an outdoor activity it combines mountain views with history and the experience of the positive interaction with your mount.

Back Country Saddles operates all year round with our Appaloosa horses equipped with western saddles. The treks are 2 hours in duration and leave twice daily at 10.00am and 1.30pm.  Sometimes during high summer a later horse riding trip is scheduled to cater for larger numbers.  Bookings are always essential.

The horses are selected based on the age, height, weight and most importantly the ability of the rider. All rides are also adjusted to suit the experience of the rider. The well-trained and experienced guides ensure a high standard of safety and all hold a current first aid certificate.

The Western Saddles offer comfort and security, especially for children or beginner riders. It is a saddle designed to be sat in for long periods of time. The horn on the front of the saddle (although built for an entirely different purpose) is great to either balance on or hold when the terrain gets challenging or you’re moving into a faster pace. Backcountry Saddles supply helmets and wet weather gear if required.

As we are a family operation children are well catered for. There is appropriately sized equipment and the horses’ calm nature has seen us often taken children as young as five years out riding. It’s important for parents to call ahead to discuss their childrens’ riding with Debs.

The Cardrona Hotel offers fantastic food, with a warm ambience and friendly staff. It’s a great prequel or sequel to a horse ride up in the tussock country overlooking the valley floor.


Adults                                                             $95.00

Children (15 years and under)                  $75.00