Golden Sands Horse and Wagon Tours...

Golden Sands Horse and Wagon Tours


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20 Horse Trekking

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Welcome to Golden Sands Horse & Wagon Tours, on the Barrytown beach, West Coast of the South Island, New Zealand. Come and meet Murphy the Clydesdale, our cuddly gentle giant who will take you on a unique and tranquil journey back in time.

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.

Two hour experience
Stunning scenery and photo opportunities
Enjoy a camp fire, tea and damper bread refreshments
Local historical stories and photos
Jade and gem stone collecting
Child friendly beach
OK for limited mobility
Grooming and petting Murphy the Clydesdale

Horse & Wagon Tours’ Prices

Adults $60, children $30, 5 year olds and under free.
Maximum of six adults or children by weight!
Cash payments please.
(Prices may be subject to change in the future)


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Golden Sands Horse and Wagon Tours

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John Crick's avatar

John Crick

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Golden Sands Horse and Wagon Tours

After a good whack of years, this is a day encountering wagon-wheels, and so, we're trundling on a gem of an early West-Coast winter-day, feeling the magic kicking-in.
And what comes flowing is a great big feeling of “YES.”

After a lifetime offering hundreds of thousands of hurtling kilometres in planes/cars/choppers/motor-bikes and's this...gentle, charming way to go.

Boring? It is not. It just feels rather like receiving a gift to wonder at. A way of travel that, if it has ever happened to me before, is long forgotten. The mellow-feeling will last for all of the two hours together, and two days after, giving smiles as I write this.

We travelled with the bonniest little crew you could meet. Duke is the steady clydesdale, with his mate Jasper beside him, (not between shafts). Pearl the well-trained, eager & friendly dog, whooping ahead, circling, loving life. Sophie, our driver and guide is purposeful, seeing all, but turning around briefly to us, as she tells the tales. We'd got to know her back at the meeting-place, as she'd prepared, then given us the safety side, and so away.

Time to study rocks, maybe? The big empty beach.
Then tucker time, a little campfire, tea and our chance to maybe cook a little damper to perfection? Or.

Heading back, our speed is varied for fun - and according to the surface. We pause here and there, the horses drink and so it goes.

I'd love to ride the wagon again.
If not, I'll remember.
The feeling overall?...One of calm.
Beautiful and slow. Just great to have a go.

Reviewed 12 months ago