Glenorchy Back Country – 5 Day Treks
For Intermediate to Experienced Riders
Globe Trotters are our trusted agent and administrator for this fabulous Glenorchy back country 5-days, 4-night trek.
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.
Owners Deana and daughter Casey, have exclusive access to over 100,000 acres of pristine back country, stretching from the Dart Valley through to the Rees Valley with Mount Alfred sitting in the middle.
Day One, guests will stay at Rees Valley Station’s shearer’s quarters on day one. Rees Valley Station is a 37,000 acre working Merino sheep, and Hereford beef station that borders World Heritage listed Mt Aspiring National Park.
On Day Two and Three, we explore the Rees Valley with its glacial fed rivers and wild, untamed beauty. Accommodation is beside Arthurs Creek Musterer’s Hut, where it’s back country camping at its best. Think waterfalls, starry nights and silence.
On Day Four, cruise 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. The last night is at Miller’s House, a historic, bespoke guest house set within Paradise (quite literally)!
Day Five, the final day of your riding holiday where you’ll venture from Paradise through the mouth of Lake Diamond and ascend the southern side of Mount Alfred. At the top of the track you’ll be able to take a moment and contemplate where and what you have just experienced in the last few days. As far as the eye can see and further is where you have traversed from your sure-footed station horse. Your ride will pass the Dart Bride featured in the recent NZ drama One Lane Bridge before heading back to base for a welcome cold drink.
The Glenorchy Back Country ride typifies everything we love about New Zealand.
All you need to do is get yourself to Queenstown, in the South Island of New Zealand and we’ll take care of the rest!
|Season:||October – March|
|Duration:||5 Days, 4 Night. Our Glenorchy Back Country treks leave every Monday and return Friday|
|Min Age:||10 years old. All children 14 years old and under MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.|
|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:||Check out Globe Trotters price and availability HERE|
|Accommodation:||For the first night guests stay in bunk bed rooms with a hot shower and flushing toilets a short 1min walk away in a separate building. The next two nights guests will stay in tents with camp stretcher and swag) beside a station muster hut where there is a camp shower and a long-drop toilet. The last night guests stay at Paradise Homestead which is a historic, bespoke accommodation house with laze-about beds, hot showers, flushing toilets and kitchen.|
|Base:||High Country Horses, 243 Priory Road, Glenorchy|
“If you want to ride in heaven, this is the closest you will get. I would recommend this ride to anyone. I’m a kiwi living in Australia and I was blown away by the scenery – amazing river crossings, incredible forest tracks, waterfalls (I lost count!), wild deer grazing the hillsides. It just takes your breath away.
Everyone was happy with their horses, which were well matched to their riders. Ruby was the perfect horse for me – just like what I ride at home. The food was amazing. Our guide, Nicola, was very knowledgeable and just super.
This holiday has a bit of everything, a good amount of time in the saddle, and plenty of changes of pace. Start planning, globetrotters, this is a must-do ride!”
“The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was an amazing experience. We rode on well cared-for and capable horses that were more than willing to go out each day. I was a little nervous about the type of horse I’d have for the week, but needn’t have worried, as my horse Jungle was simply adorable! He looked after me so well and built up my confidence, even jumping a few logs. He was never silly or spooky, just a solid mount. Each day the was scenery was different; beautiful forests, river crossings and riding through long-grassed, open fields with mountains either side – it was fairy tale stuff! The guides were very knowledgeable about the countryside, horses and all the movies that had been filmed along the way. The food was plentiful; my daughter and I have dietary issues and we were catered for flawlessly at each meal, often with multiple options. I can’t thank Deana and Casey’s team enough for putting on such a great week for us. We will remember it fondly for many years.”
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What they say
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