Twin Lakes Pack Trail, New ZealandGo Back
This 8 night, 8 day ride is likened to being a modern-day explorer where you’re undertaking one GRAND adventure – without having to organise anything. You’ll literally feel a million miles away from the civilised world in pristine, wild country with just you, your horse and fellow riders.
Your guide, John Wall, has pooled together his intimate knowledge of the South Island’s hidden gems to mastermind the ULTIMATE itinerary known as The Twin Lakes pack trail. Why is it called the Twin Lakes Pack Trail? You literally ride from Lake Wanaka to Lake Hawea a crazy beautiful region known for his dramatic snow-topped mountains and glimmering lakes. Globetrotters leap-frog between four iconic, High Country stations: West Wanaka station to Minaret station to Hunter Valley station and end at Dingleburn station.
This truly is an incredible privilege not available to the general public, its thanks to John Wall relationship with the land owners that he’s been given exclusive access. Can I just say, to explore these wild, remote farming properties from the back of a station-bred stock horses with a team of packhorses is a lifetime experience. Not only will see you gain an understanding on how these hallmark properties are run, you’ll have an opportunity to dine with the farming families of an evening when staying in the shearer’s quarters and back country huts. In particular, Minaret Station, on Lake Wanaka has no vehicle access, apart from a boat or helicopter a horse is the only way to reach this infamous property. In this over-populated world to creep into these unpopulated, secluded landscapes is what is TRULY special about the Twin Lakes Pack Trail.
Don’t think that a pack horse trips equals slow going. We know you love a good change of pace, and there are plenty of opportunities where you’ll have the freedom to canter through untouched beech forest and trit-trot on the skirts of the lake.
time in saddle: on average between 6 to 7 hours a day
breed of horses: Station-bred stock horses that have all been home-bred and educated by John Wall and his son Hamish.
pace: due to the steep terrain and mountainous landscape, the majority of the ride will be completed at a walking pace.
riding ability: suitable for intermediate to experienced riders.
weight limit: 110 kgs *please contact us if you’re above this weight.
accommodation: Guests will stay in a range of shearer’s quarters with hot showers, flushing toilet and bunk bed rooms to a mutterer’s hut with long-drop (clean) toilet and solar hot shower. The last night of the itinerary guests will stay at the Hawea Lodge on the bank of Lake Hawea with fresh linen, hot showers and flushing toilets.
seasons: December to April
group size: Minimum of six guests and a maximum of ten guests.
ride length: eight days, eight nights.
2017/18 departure dates:
December 2 to 10, 2017
January 20 to 28, 2018 – ONE globetrotter booked
April 21 to 29, 2018
2017/18 ride prices:
$5,335 NZD per person, based on twin-share on day eight.
*Single supplement is available upon request for an extra charge.
*This price includes transfers to and from Queenstown airport or accommodation.
*Price includes wine at dinner.
Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments. Since you’ll be paying in a foreign currency, in this case NZD, we believe paying via credit card is the most cost effective and easiest option for you.
Why is the price quoted in NZ dollars?
With our overseas riding destinations (rides other than in Australia), the currency is dictated by our partner in that country which in this case is New Zealand. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.
We recommend flying into Queenstown the day before the ride begins, so you’re ready for a pick-up from your hotel on day 1 of your ride. Please don’t book your return flights until after 4pm on the final day, so there is no rush getting back into town. Please remember transfers are only included on the first and final day of your ride.
FURTHER READING & VIEWING
Want to know who will be guiding you on this adventure of a lifetime? Read about your guides, John Wall and Angie Leckey here.
Flying in and out of Queenstown? Check out our blog post here about the best way to spend your day in this beautiful city.
To gain a true appreciation of the blow-your-socks-off landscape that you’ll encounter on this pack horse trip, you MUST watch this video.