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Golden Sands Horse and Wagon Tours

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Barrytown, New Zealand
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About Golden Sands Horse and Wagon Tours
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.
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nzcowlady wrote a review Jan 2021
Auckland64 contributions15 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Julie B wrote a review Oct 2020
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Sophie’s wagon tour was fantastic. We had the beach to ourselves. Sophie gave a personal guided tour of the local area. We enjoyed cooking damper on the fire and searching for gems. Duke was a lovely horse. A great experience that we would highly recommend.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Charlotte McMenamin wrote a review Oct 2020
Wellington, New Zealand15 contributions3 helpful votes
We spent a magical evening today with Sophie, Duke and Jester. A leisurely ride on the beach, gem hunting, tea and damper over a camp fire and lots of fascinating information from Sophie. We will be back and we’d highly recommend it to other families.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Paul F wrote a review Mar 2020
Rotterdam, The Netherlands45 contributions3 helpful votes
A very lovely experience with Sophie, Duke and Pearl. Pearl, the dog, leads the way and Duke, the horse, brings us where Sophie wants. A nice ride on the dirt road and the beach. Sophie knows a lot of the Region and it's history. Very interesting to hear how things can change in just over a hundred years. Sophie is a super host with a great sense of humor. Baking your own bread above a camp fire and consume it with tea, is great. And we were send out to search for jade Stones on the beach. We have't become millionaire after that, but is was fun to see how many colors stones can have. A really must do!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Heather Jean W wrote a review Mar 2020
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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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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