Golden Sands Horse and Wagon Tours

Golden Sands Horse and Wagon Tours

Golden Sands Horse and Wagon Tours
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Golden Sands Horse and Wagon Tours offers you the opportunity to travel in the footsteps of the early pioneers, down one of New Zealand’s most beautiful, unspoiled wild West Coast beaches. On the way, learn about our rich ‘Coast Road’ gold mining and pioneer heritage as if you were a part of it yourself. The pace is relaxed, with plenty of time for exploring. Activities include gem stone collecting, (Barrytown beach is the best jade hunting beach in NZ), making damper bread, boiling the billy over an open fire, wildlife spotting and photography.
Barrytown, New Zealand
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Fiona M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Earlier this month, we visited the west coast of the south island(March 2022). We enquired with Sophie on the spur of the moment for the next day having seen the brochure for the horse and wagon ride at the motel we stayed at in Punakaiki as we checked in. Sophie quickly emailed to say yes absolutely we could go on a tour the very next day at 10am.

The next day after great directions we arrived and Sophie was ready and waiting. Payment had been easily sorted through internet banking. We had a health and safety briefing which included COVID regulations.

The horses were beautiful, Duke the Clydesdale and Jester his smaller friend just along to keep Duke company. Pearl, Sophie's dog was gorgeous. Sophie was so friendly and very knowledgeable about the beautiful wet land we rode through.
She knew when the best times were to take photos and offered to take heaps of us. We rode along the beach too, searched for green stone, had billy tea, made fresh damper over the fire had with jam and fed the horses the left overs. Too soon it time was time to return but not before a gallop on the sand!

This is a MUST DO, if you are in this area. Thanks so much Sophie. This was a real highlight of our time on the west coast of the south island.
Written March 19, 2022
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Nastia R
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Feb 2024 • Family
Discovering this tour was like stumbling upon a hidden gem (a green gem)– absolutely worth it! Initially, I was hesitant about the 2.5-hour duration, questioning if it would maintain our interest, especially for the kids. However, any doubts quickly evaporated. It was an incredible experience that kept the kids engaged and talking for days afterward.Even my child, who scrutinizes everything for cleanliness to the point of inspecting a fork from the dishwasher, was delighted. They not only tried but also asked for seconds of the bread made on a stick – a minor miracle!Sophie, our guide, was a fountain of knowledge, sharing fascinating insights about the region's history and culture. Her storytelling had the kids captivated, sparking a newfound appreciation for the simpler aspects of life. They were enthralled by the horses and utterly charmed by the dogs, adding a heartwarming element to our adventure.While we didn't come across a real 'green stone,' we encountered a few that were greenish in spirit, and I've decided they count. This tour was a reminder of the beauty in exploring and learning about new places, directly from those who know and love them.A heartfelt thank you for such a memorable and enriching experience. This tour is a must-do for families looking for an engaging and educational adventure!
Written March 29, 2024
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Alan Jonkers
Auckland Central, New Zealand8 contributions
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Mar 2022 • Couples
What a wonderful couple of hours! We had the beach to ourselves. Highlights: Sophie's knowledge of the area's history and her love of the horses and wildlife. Pearl was fun to have along too. The icing on the cake was making damper over the campfire and drinking billy tea. Recommend!
Written March 10, 2022
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mmil094
London, UK139 contributions
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Apr 2022 • Family
This was a highlight of our trip on the West Coast. It’s a unique way of learning about the land and the history of this part of New Zealand. We got to go jade hunting, had a lovely canter on the beach and enjoyed making bread. Our 13-year-old loved being able to pet the horses and the dog. Definitely recommend this trip for something different to do while on the coast.
Written April 23, 2022
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Heather L
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Apr 2024 • Couples
What an amazing time we had on this wonderful trip by horse and wagon on the West Coast by land and beach. Sophie our wagon master extraordinaire and her horses and dogs made sure we had the most enjoyable couple of hours.
The beach, the knowledge and local history Sophie shared with us, the greenstone search, horse and wagon ride and campfire with damper, jam and Billy tea made this a highlight of our holiday.
Written April 23, 2024
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John Anderson
Auckland Central, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
The horse and wagon trip with Sophie exceeded our expectations from start to finish. We met Sophie and her partner Dave at their property and Duke the Clydesdale was harnessed up to the cart ready to go. Ash, the younger horse was along for the ride and in training. Pearl the dog came to, sometimes on the wagon and sometimes running along the beach. Sophie gave us a commentary of the history of the area as we trotted along. Time was taken for photos. We were left on the beach to fossick for stones while Sophie built a fire further up the beach. Minutes later we had billy tea and cooked our own damper on sticks, then eaten with jam sitting around the fire. Duke ate the left over damper and back we went. 2 1/2 hours flew by. We were able to buy Sophie's pears and feijoas grown on her property before we left. Thanks Sophie. We loved it. A must do.
Written April 15, 2022
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nzcowlady
Auckland108 contributions
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Jan 2021 • Family
We had been recommended to Sophie by Karen and Nigel at Koru and are thrilled with this recommendation. We were fortunate to be taken out in the early morning when the cloud still cloaked the hills, which transformed into blue sky as the morning unfolded. Jogging along the beach behind Duke the Clydesdale was total serenity. Sophie looked after us with a couple of stops to enjoy the beach and attempt to find pounamu (no such luck) while she got the fire established for tea, hot chocolate and damper. The damper bread was so delicious that we were too full for lunch. We were sorely tempted to see if she had space on her evening tour the same day. I've seen other reviews calling this magical and agree wholeheartedly.
Written January 15, 2021
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Heather Jean W
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Great experience. My sister and I loved the trip with Sophie,duke the Clydesdale and pearl the dog. Beautiful calm sunny weather an added bonus to a day already filled with fun and adventure west coast style, tons of local knowledge and an insight into life on the coast.
Written March 8, 2020
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John C
Perth, Australia69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If you only have time for one activity in Barrytown, make it this one.

Our wagon driver Sophie and partner Dave met us with clydesdale Duke already set up in harness. Lovely people: knowledgable and highly competent with wagon driving. We had a great ride along the beach, with our horse getting up to a trot, while Sophie filled us in on local history and geography.

The wagon is safe and very stable. Good for people of any age and mobility. We stopped for Sophie to light a fire and brew up a cup of tea then we made stick damper bread over the fire, with jam. Very nice it was too. All the while the sun was lowering over the Tasman Sea.

Great for Kiwis or visitors. Thanks for sharing your time with us and taking us for a wonderful sunset drive on the beach!
Written January 19, 2020
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Mason J
Melbourne, Australia9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Family
Literally the best activity to do in west of the south island. This is a family friendly, safe and beautiful horse ride.
Sophie is a knowledgeable and friendly guide. On the way she introduce the green stone hunt, she also prepared a fire pit with homemade Kiwi damper bread and tea for us.
The whole experience is beyond exceptionally well.

Well done!!
Written September 7, 2022
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