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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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mmil094 wrote a review Apr 2022
London, United Kingdom115 contributions52 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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John Anderson wrote a review Apr 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
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.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Fiona M wrote a review Mar 2022
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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.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Alan Jonkers wrote a review Mar 2022
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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!
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Date of experience: March 2022
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berny232015 wrote a review Feb 2022
Motueka, New Zealand2 contributions1 helpful vote
Thank you so much Sophie for a most fantastic experience. You really care about your horses which is great. This trip was better than I imagined. The damper bread was real good. Going down the beach in the wagon was just brilliant. Totally recommend this experience. Thank you so much. Berny, Jen, Brenda
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Date of experience: February 2022
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