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Closed Borders – 3 Day Treks


For Intermediate to Experienced Riders

We have taken the very best of our five day ride and created the ultimate short break for our landlocked kiwis.  With three days of pure backcountry riding and two nights glamping at our NZ mustering huts in the heart of both the Rees and Dart Valleys, this is truly the finest Kiwi adventure.

Day One, meet your horse for the next three days, before criss crossing up the alluvial Rees River flats to our first backcountry Mustering Hut.  The Rees Valley Station is a 37,000 acre Merino and beef farm and has been with the same family for over 100 years.  The first night will be spent at the original Arthurs Creek Musterer’s Hut bordering Mt Aspiring National Park.

On Day Two, after a hearty breakfast, we explore the Rees Valley with its glacial fed rivers and wild, untamed beauty. as you cross around the Southern side of Mount Alfred and drop down into the Dart Valley and into Paradise.  Our cozy rustic backcountry hut “The Boiler Room” for the night.

On Day Three, through enchanted landscapes made world-famous from blockbuster movies like The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Mission Impossible and The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe before heading back to the horse yards for a well deserved beverage. 

Dates Available

November 2021 9th – 11th SOLD OUT
16th – 18th SOLD OUT
23rd – 25th – SOLD OUT
30th – 2nd Dec  SOLD OUT
December 2021 7th – 9th  SOLD OUT
14th- 16th – SOLD OUT
21st – 23rd SOLD OUT
January 2022 11th – 13th SOLD OUT
18th – 20th SOLD OUT
25th – 27thOne place
1st – 3rd – Seven places
8th – 10th SOLD OUT
15th – 17th  – Two Places
22nd – 24th SOLD OUT
1st – 3rd  SOLD OUT
8th – 10th – One place
15th – 17th – Four places
22nd – 24th – One place
29th – 31st SOLD OUT


Season: October – March
Duration: 3 Days, 2 Night.  
Min Age: 10 years old. All children 14 years old and under MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 
Max Weight: 95kg
We Provide: Helmets and wet weather gear if required
Please Bring: One set of riding clothes, one set of fresh clothes while you are at the cabin. Comfort and warm. Extra pairs of socks, warm jacket, and fully charged cameras
Rider Level: Intermediate and Experienced. All riders MUST be confident riding outside an arena at all paces over uneven ground. (Click here to find out what rider level best describes you.)
Cost and Availability:

$1400.00 per person including: meals; glamping accommodation; horses; some gear; guide. (Our Closed Borders – 3 Day Trek has been created for our Covid-19 land-locked Kiwi’s and is already heavily discounted and so it is not part of our 10% discount offer.) 

Optional Extra:  Helicopter Scenic Flight $550 pp (minimum 3 people).  

Accommodation: Guests will stay in tents with camp stretchers beside a Rees Valley Station musterers hut where there is a camp shower and a long-drop toilet. Then will stay at the cozy rustic back-country hut in Paradise, Dart Valley.  (or vice versa depending on weather, and trail conditions).
Base: High Country Horses, 243 Priory Road, Glenorchy
Booking Cancellation Policy All booking cancellations 30 days prior to your trek date will be refunded in full.  50% of the booking cost will be refunded between 30 days and 14 days to your trek date.  No refund is available within 14 days of your departure date. 


Our Closed Borders – 3 Day Trek is not part of our Explore Your Backyard 10% discount offer.

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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.


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.

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Phone: +64 3 442 9915

Freephone: 0508 59 59 59


Address: High Country Horses, 243 Priory Road, Glenorchy



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