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The Glenorchy Back Country ride, New Zealand

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Globetrotting has the PERFECT, accessible, summer-time riding escape in the name of The Glenorchy Back Country ride. This gem of a 5 day, 4 night itinerary is situated one hour from Queenstown in the cute-as-a-button, lakeside community of Glenorchy. With five days of unrestricted hours in the saddle this ride has it all – from wet and wild canters across rivers, wandering through native beech forest, circumnavigating a mountain and exploring a quintessential High Country property.

Owners Deana and 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. Guests will stay at Rees Valley Station’s shearer’s quarters on day one. Rees Valley Station is a 37,000 acre working sheep station that borders World Heritage Mt Aspiring National Park. On day two and three, globetrotters explore the Rees Valley with its glacial fed rivers and wild, untamed beauty. Accommodation is beside Arthurs Creek Musterer’s Hut, where its 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, Hobbit, The Lion, the Witch & The Wardrobe. The last night is at Miller’s House, a historic, bespoke guest house set within Paradise! Seriously, the Glenorchy Back Country ride typifies everything we love about New Zealand. All you need to do is get yourself on a plane to Queenstown, in the south island of New Zealand and we’ll take care of the rest.


time in saddle: on average between 5 to 6 hours a day

breed of horses: NZ station bred, quarter horse and first cross, Percheron and Clydesdale first cross

pace: variable depending on the day and terrain. Guests will have the opportunity to trot and canter.

riding ability: Intermediate to experienced riders. All riders MUST be confident riding outside an arena at all paces over uneven ground.

weight limit: maximum 95 kgs *please contact us if you’re above this weight.

accommodation: For the first night guests will stay at the Shearer’s quarters on Rees Valley Station where you’ll sleep in bunk bed rooms. Toilet and shower available. On day 2 & 3 guests stay in tents beside station muster hut in a remote valley in the Glenorchy basin. Long drop toilet and a hot shower available. The last night guests stay at Paradise Homestead which is a historic, bespoke accommodation house with freshly made beds, hot showers and flushing toilets.

seasons: October to March

group size: Minimum of six guests and a maximum of ten guests.

ride length: Five days, four nights

2019/20 season departure dates:

September 30 to October 4, 2019 – SOLD OUT!

October 21 to 25, 2019 – SOLD OUT!

November 4 to 8, 2019 – SOLD OUT!

November 11 to 15, 2019 – SOLD OUT!

November 18 to 22, 2019 – SOLD OUT!

November 25 to 29, 2019 – ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT!

December 2 to 6, 2019 – SOLD OUT!

December 9 to 13, 2019 –ONLY TWO SADDLE SEATS LEFT!

December 16 to 20, 2019 – SOLD OUT!

January 6 to 10, 2020 – SOLD OUT!

January 13 to 17, 2020 – ONE globetrotter booked

January 20 to 24, 2020 – SOLD OUT!

January 27 to 31, 2020 – THREE globetrotters booked

February 3 to 7, 2020 – SOLD OUT!

February 10 to 14, 2020

February 17 to 21, 2020 – SOLD OUT!

February 24 to 28, 2020 – SEVEN globetrotters booked

March 2 to 6, 2020 – THREE globetrotters booked

March 9 to 13, 2020 – ONLY TWO SADDLE SEATS LEFT!

March 30 to April 3, 2020 – ONLY TWO SADDLE SEATS LEFT!

2019/20 season ride prices:

$2,800 NZD per person, twin-share

*This price includes transfers to and from Queenstown hotel accommodation.

*Price excludes beer and wine.


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.


Transfers to and from your Queenstown hotel accommodation are included in the price (on days one and day five). To avoid travel delays, we ask that all guests arrive and stay in Queenstown (at their own expense) the day before the ride begins, so you’re ready for collection between 9 – 9.30am on day one. On day five, please book an extra night’s accommodation in Queenstown so you’re not rushed getting back into town. You can fly out the following day.

*Please note, it is preferred you stay in Queenstown’s city centre or out in the direction of Fernhill, NOT at Frankton. Should you choose to stay at a private residence or B&B, you will need to make your way to a specified central location for pick up.


Want to get to know your guides, Deana and Duayne, before you head out on your ride? Click here to discover why they are so enthusiastic about this particular adventure.

Interested to hear what some fellow globetrotters had to say about their experience on this ride? Read words straight from Shaunna Kelly and Margie Baldock‘s mouths! And if you want to get into some serious detail, check out Sheryl Germany’s journal!

To really get a sense of our jaw-droopingly beautiful the riding scenery is on The Glenorchy Back Country ride check out this video 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.

Heather McNair

"The food was plentiful and brilliant quality. Absolutely delicious - I am having problems fitting into my jodphurs now. It was really great having the camping for the middle two nights and luxury for the last one. REALLY loved the fact they put the tents up for us; it's a hassle doing it yourself when wet, cold and tired. Their attention to detail and new gear supplied set such a high standard; boy did they spoil us!"

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