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Backcountry Saddle Expeditions

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Fantastic surroundings and very Nice guide. We were one experienced rider and one beginner and the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Maja S
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Fantastic

Rosie (aka lily haha) was an excellent guide, went above and beyond to make it an enjoyable... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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
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Crown Range Road | Opposite the Snow Farm Cross Country Ski Area entrance, Wanaka 9392, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic surroundings and very Nice guide. We were one experienced rider and one beginner and the tour was amazing for Both of us!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Maja S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Rosie (aka lily haha) was an excellent guide, went above and beyond to make it an enjoyable experience for beginners like us. Never a down moment throughout the trek, thoroughly enjoyed every moment:) not to mention the horses were all very well mannered and adorable....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank fraankk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was probably our fav excursion in the whole of our 2 weeks in NZ. The guides were fantastic, making everyone in our family at ease, teaching us about the horses and the area and just being good humans with good conversation. The scenery was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Andrew J
Debs T, Owner at Backcountry Saddle Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Yay... thanks heaps Andy for the great review. I reckon Maisie will be wanting to take up riding lessons now!!! See you when you’re back over the ditch 🤠🐴

Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group of 25 were treated to an amazing time of animal husbandry, games and skills training, and the most unbelievable trek into the hills above the Cardrona Valley. Debs and her team got to know us quickly and teamed us up with the horse...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LinusTurner
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of 5 (incl grandma and kids aged 9 and 11) went on a 2 hour horse trek with Debs. Most wonderful riding experience indeed! Debs was warm and fun and really informative. Our horses were all super well trained - like on “automatic”....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Chu Y
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked at the last minute and that was the best devision we could have made ! The path went up the mountain to great views, the guide was super nice and I've rarely seen horses so chill and responsive. Both beginners and experienced riders...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lyfae
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My friend and I spontaneously decided to book an afternoon expedition with Back Country Saddle and it was by far the highlight of our trip on the South Island. We did a 2 hour trek with Fran and it was a gorgeous afternoon and it...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bec H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The guys from backcountrysaddle welcomed me and a friend with the most hospitality! We were welcomed lovely and I really enjoyed my ride. The horses were very well trained. Riding them was a pleasure also for more experienced riders, as they were very responsive. We...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I joined this 2 hour trek at 10am this morning. Our guide, Fran, was lovely - super informative and interesting, she made us feel at ease. The outlook and views were impressive and a great backdrop for our trek. Partway through our...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank AlexS5459
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Me, my daughter and son-in-law went for a 2 hour horse ride in Cardrona last week with Rosie as our guide. We absolutely loved it. Rosie was the best, so lovely and funny and just brilliant. The horses were beautiful, and so well behaved. And...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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chloe1135
May 3, 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
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fay m
October 1, 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:-)
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prue w
October 31, 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
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