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Backcountry Saddle Expeditions

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Best thing we did in Queenstown/Wanaka/Cardrona

Awesome 2 hour trek up towards the Cadrona ski field. Unreal views and an awesome experience... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Wonderful horse riding experience with awesome views

Visited Backcountry Saddles yesterday and was made very welcome by Debs the owner. I was really... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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Backcountry Saddle Expeditions has celebrated a few milestones this year... They are 34 years old... with an outstanding 28 years under the current management of Debs Thompson. Debs is an outdoor girl and apologizes for her lack of skill in an ever...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Crown Range Road | Opposite the Snow Farm Cross Country Ski Area entrance, Wanaka 9392, New Zealand
+64 3-443 8151
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

at first, me and my group was a bit hesitant in doing this activity. with my back problem and other age related problems I was in doubt. it was cold in the morning that day. a bit windy and probability of a shower. Debbie was...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome 2 hour trek up towards the Cadrona ski field. Unreal views and an awesome experience! Wouldnt count myself to be a horse guy, but after this experience in the hills with our awesome guide Rosie im convinced! Unlike other horse treks if you're up...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited Backcountry Saddles yesterday and was made very welcome by Debs the owner. I was really impressed with the set up and how well looked after the horses are. Jo was our guide and she took time to give us a lot of information about...More

Thank wagonsandplod
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the booking with Deb, right through, this is a well run organisation. We really enjoyed the whole experience. The scenery is amazing and this is a great way to get out there and experience it. The horses were well cared for and ideal for...More

Thank Greenfieldsontour
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My 10 & 11 year old boys’ first horseback riding experience ever and it was truly memorable. The staff’s kindness, professionalism and focus on making a good day has now made such an impression our boys are already begging to go back. Thank you!

Thank Stay825934
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My cousins and I had the best time of our lives riding these beautiful, clean and well trained horses. It was a first for all of us and we felt safe throughout the entire ride. Every now and then we would stop and given a...More

Thank Cindy L
Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

Deb's and Rosie absolute superstars. Nervy 2nd time horse Rider and Rosie was so kind warm and calming even got me cantering comfortably. Great experience, local living in Wanaka and will be back. Thanks girls and Hoppy for being a great horse :)

Thank LaurenL1511
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

My husband Grant and I had such a great day today riding through the mountains with the most perfect day. The staff were so friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed this. The scenery was amazing. Thankyou so much Deb and your amazing team.

Thank Eliseterry
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

Had the best time with our family on a 2 hour ride. The horses are well taken care of. The staff are amazing. Even my 13 yr had a great time. The scenic views of the mountains and valleys. I would definitely do this again....More

Thank Fearless59618
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Beautiful horses, stunning location and extremely friendly staff!! Jo & Debs were so lovely and friendly and made my whole experience even more enjoyable. I’ll definitely be back. Thank you!!

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Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

My daughter and I are avid riders and we were keen to check out the views of Wanaka on horse back. From the minute we arrived we were made to feel so welcome and that continued the whole trip, Jo our guide was fantastic. It...More

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3 May 2018|
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Response from Debs T | Property representative |
Hi Chloe, I do like to talk to people about weight versus height and ability. Someone who is 5ft and 100kg is very different to a person who is 6ft and 100kg. Hopefully you can ring me so we can discuss all these... More
fay m
1 October 2017|
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Response from Debs T | Property representative |
Hi Guys, The 2 year old is too young to ride. Our minimum age is 5 years old. The 9 year old will be fine. Hope this helps... Debs:-)
prue w
31 October 2016|
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Response from Debs T | Property representative |
Yes cameras are essential... The scenery is beautiful. If you don't have a zip up pocket we supply a small bag that we tie onto the front of the saddle. Bookings are essential and we do rides twice daily at either 10.00am... More