High Country Horses
An Unforgettable Adventure
Through Ancient Beech Forests & Glacial Fed Rivers
With Over 150,000 Acres To Explore
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SOME OF THE BEST HORSE RIDING IN NEW ZEALAND
HIGH COUNTRY HORSES
Ride through some of New Zealand’s most pristine countryside. Experience the unique tranquility of the Glenorchy basin (only 45 km from Queenstown) with the option of over 150,000 acres to ride on. We are a New Zealand owned and operated business that has opened our farm and surrounding areas for you to explore.
We can take you through glacial fed rivers with stunning backdrops that were used in “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy”, or showcase some of the rich history of the area all while enjoying this experience on horseback.
High Country Horses was established and working with quality horses since 1987. We are lucky to own many breeds of equine including – Quarterhorse, Clydesdale X, Arab X, thoroughbred X, New Zealand Stationbred and more. High Country Horses will cater for all abilities, from complete beginner through to the very experienced rider, we have the horse for you.
Our willingness to retain small horse riding groups ensures a personal and enjoyable horseback experience for all.
Join us for an unforgettable High Country Horse adventure.
We operate all year round: 7 days a week and can arrange packages of many sorts. We looking forward to showing you our part of paradise here in Glenorchy.
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CHOOSE FROM OUR HALF DAY, FULL DAY, OR OVERNIGHT TREKS
Email us for more information on our Family and Group rides.
HALF DAY TREK
For Beginner to Experienced
Riders will get to cross the alluvial Rees Rivers and mountain trails. With our qualified guides permission, experienced riders can leave the group to trot and canter when track conditions are suitable *, while those new to riding can enjoy the view at a quiet walking pace.
* River crossings as well as trotting and cantering are subject to river levels and track conditions.
HALF DAY TREK
For Experienced Only
This Experienced Only ride combines the breath-taking beauty of the Rees River Valley, with the exhilaration of exploring it at pace with a group of capable riders that can keep up! *
* River crossings as well as faster paces are subject to river levels and track conditions.
FULL DAY TREK
For Intermediate to Experienced Riders
This full day trek involves some faster paced riding and varied terrain so it is essential that you are confident with riding in the outdoors, and confident trotting and cantering.
For Intermediate to Experienced
Our overnight trek involves two days in the saddle crossing varied terrain that is best suited to those confident riding in the outdoors and are confident trotting and cantering.
MULTI DAY TREK
For Intermediate to Experienced
With five days of unrestricted hours in the saddle, this ride has it all – from wet and wild canters along river banks, wandering through native beech forest, circumnavigating a mountain, and exploring a quintessential High Country property.
THIS MULTI DAY TREK IS PART OF GLOBE TROTTING, our horse riding holiday specialits. All bookings and availability is organised with them. For more information on price and availability between October to March CLICK HERE
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For those stuck at their computer or device
If your missing your travels or just want to see where we go then experience one of our amazing horse rides... virtually.
Have we got the horse for you!
With over 100 horses and 150,000 acres to ride across we can offer everyone a chance to explore this beautiful part of New Zealand on a horse that is suited to them.
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WE LOVE OUR HORSES AND WE WANT YOU TO LOVE THEM TOO!
SAFETY: The safety of our horses, staff and clients are paramount. While every effort is taken to match one of our horses temperaments with the riders ability, it is important to remember that a horse has a mind of its own and so a good account of your riding experience and ability is imperative to ensure you have an enjoyable time. We have a variety of horses that are suited to different riding levels, please consider the guide below before selecting your riding level.
What Rider Level Best Describes You?
|(A) EXPERIENCED||Someone who has ridden for a number of years and is confident on any horses with any temperaments. A person who will enjoy a forward responsive horse.|
|(B) INTERMEDIATE||Someone who can rise to the trot and sit to a canter comfortably, and can control their horse within, and independently, of the group. A person who will enjoy a more responsive horse.|
|(C&D) BEGINNER||Someone who has never ridden before or has only ridden a few times in a controlled environment. Or someone who has lost their nerve and just wants to go quietly to enjoy the view and be with their quiet natured horse.|
ALL CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 14 YEARS OLD AND UNDER MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN.
TRACK AND RIVER CONDITIONS: Weather in the high country can be extremely changeable and therefore cause river and track conditions to become dangerous to ride across or to ride at a faster pace. Therefore it is imperative each rider adheres to the direction of our qualified guide during the trek. While every effort is made to accommodate the intermediate and experienced rider's wishes we must consider yours and our horse's safety first.
Phone: +64 3 442 9915
Freephone: 0508 59 59 59
Address: High Country Horses, 243 Priory Road, Glenorchy