Glenorchy Back Country Ride, New Zealand

4 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom $2,800 NZD?Tour costs $2,800 NZD which is approximately $2,723 AUD

Globetrotting has the PERFECT, accessible, summertime 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 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.

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 listed 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 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)!

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!

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:NZ Stationbred, quarter horse and first cross, percheron and clydie first cross.
  • Pace:This will vary depending on the terrain and weather conditions. Some days are more mountainous than others. When terrain permits there will be opportunities to trot and canter.
  • Weight Limit:Maximum of 95kg / 210lbs.
  • Type of tack:English all purpose saddles which are all correctly fitted to the horses. *Please be advised, a select few horses are ridden in Western saddles simply because they provide a better fit for that specific horse, but we will not accommodate saddle requests. It is much preferred to match horse to rider based upon ability. Thanks for your understanding.
  • Seasons:October to March
  • Group size:Minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 guests
  • Time in Saddle:On average between 5 to 6 hours depending on the distance needed to be travelled which will be between 15 to 25km per day.
  • Riding Ability:Suitable for intermediate to experienced riders. All riders MUST be confident riding outside an arena at all paces over uneven ground.
  • 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.
  • Ride Length:5 days, 4 nights
  • Inclusions:

    The price includes twin share accommodation, transfers to and from Queenstown, meals and riding.

  • Exclusions:

    The price does not include international or regional flights, travel insurance (compulsory) or alcohol throughout the trip.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

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September 28, 2020October 2, 202010 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,195 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
November 2, 2020November 6, 2020Only 1 spot left!
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,195 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
November 9, 2020November 13, 2020Only 1 spot left!
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,195 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
November 16, 2020November 20, 2020SOLD OUT!
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,195 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
November 23, 2020November 27, 2020SOLD OUT!
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,195 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
November 30, 2020December 4, 2020SOLD OUT!
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,195 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
December 7, 2020December 11, 20206 spots left
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December 14, 2020December 18, 20209 spots left
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January 11, 2021January 15, 20218 spots left
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January 18, 2021January 22, 20219 spots left
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January 25, 2021January 29, 202110 spots left
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February 1, 2021February 5, 20216 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,195 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
February 8, 2021February 12, 20218 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,195 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
February 15, 2021February 19, 20217 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,195 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
February 22, 2021February 26, 20215 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,195 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
March 1, 2021March 5, 20216 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,195 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
March 8, 2021March 12, 202110 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,195 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
March 15, 2021March 19, 202110 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,195 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
March 22, 2021March 26, 202110 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,195 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
March 29, 2021April 2, 20219 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,195 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

The price includes twin share accommodation, transfers to and from Queenstown, meals and riding.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

The price does not include international or regional flights, travel insurance (compulsory) or alcohol throughout the trip.

Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all card payments. Click HERE to read our recommendations on which cards are best to use to avoid international transaction fees.

WHY IS THE PRICE QUOTED IN NZD?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

Itinerary

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*Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.

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  • Day 1

    After enjoying the scenic transfer from Queenstown to the Glenorchy stables, you’ll be introduced to your knowledgable Back Country Guides. The staff will help sort your baggage and gear before introducing you to your horse for the trip. Gear checked, your first day you’ll ride alongside the pristine Rees River flats and enjoy a lunchtime picnic on the tip of Lake Wakatipu with views across the water to the local township of Glenorchy. After lunch you’ll head to the opening of the Rees Valley.

    Your first nights’ accommodation will be at the Rees Valley Station Shearers Quarters. The wool shed here is still the hub of the station and is worth a peek. The owner has panels of photographs and information in there to explain some of the Station’s history and people who work it. The Rees Valley Station Shearer’s Quarters has bunk-bed rooms, flushing toilets, showers and electricity. Keep in mind, in summer the sun doesn’t set until around 11pm so you’ll have plenty of daylight hours to roam on foot after dinner.

  • Day 2

    After a leisurely breakfast you’ll start your journey into the dramatic, pristine environment of Rees Valley. The Rees Valley Station is rated one of the area’s most scenic places to ride. This 37,000 acre sheep-station borders the World Heritage Mount Aspiring National Park. You and your fellow globetrotters will travel through virgin Native rainforest (NZ Beech) crossing over a glacial fed river many times.

    This is a shorter day but it’s a challenge for both horse and rider. Enjoy the climb up glacial terraces and looking up into snow-capped mountains. We will camp at Arthurs Creek Musters Hut for a night under the stars. This is camping in it’s simplest form, there is a musterer’s hut (the main hub of the campsite) and inside your tents you’ll find a camp stretcher and swag for you to sleep in. There is a long-drop toilet, glacial fed waterfall (freezing, but oh so good for the skin) or a hot camp shower.

  • Day 3

    Today is spent exploring the very top of the valley which boarders onto the World Heritage listed Mount Aspiring National Park. You’ll visit 25 mile creek and the rock chasm within, swim the horses in glacial fed Hunter Creek (weather permitting), stand at the foot of Lennox Falls and enjoy a saddle-bag packed lunch at its base. There will be time to explore by foot before we head back to our base camp at Arthurs Creek Musters Hut.

  • Day 4

    Time to leave the Rees Valley, riding into Paradise Valley. You’ll wander through native beech forest towards the opening of Paradise Valley, or what’s adequately known as Heaven’s Gate. From here you’ll traverse the north shores of Diamond Lake, and there may be the possibility of swimming the horses again if you wish.

    Coming into the Paradise Valley you are entering LORD OF THE RINGS COUNTRY! This is ISENGARD and MIDDLE EARTH. Your guides will take you through scenes and places used in many movies including – The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Vertical Limit, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Lovely Bones, Mission Impossible, Wolverine and more. This is some of the most pristine back country to travel through.

    On your last night you’ll stay in Millers House which is a beautiful, turn-of-the-century house within the Paradise Foundation. After bush camping for the last two nights, you’ll love the hot showers, flushing toilets, electricity and freshly made bed.

  • Day 5

    The final day of your riding holiday where you’ll venture 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. You’ll creep down the mountain and back onto our farm to finish your ride with a welcoming hot drink or cold beverage.

    *Depending on the weather, you might instead venture into the Dart Valley today – the views and scenery are equally as rewarding.

  • Transfer Information

    Transfers to and from your Queenstown hotel accommodation are included in the price (on day 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 – 10am (traffic depending) 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.

What our valued Globetrotters say about The Glenorchy Back Country Ride

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Nancy Davis

‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride cannot be overstated… the scenery was absolutely beautiful and the horses were majestic. Our guides, Shaun and Dee, treated all riders with grace and respect. They were masters of their trade: outstanding back country cooking, as well as being very knowledgeable about the horses we were riding and the environment we were exploring! Each day in the Glenorchy back country provided a fantastic experience… river crossings, mountain trails, swimming with the horses, even time for a short hike up to the waterfalls. All of this made for a memorable holiday that I will never forget!’

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Nancy Koke

‘There is a reason this ride is always sold out. It is spectacular. A new adventure around every corner. It was so beautiful and varied, from the carpets of blooming lupine to spectacular snow-capped mountain peaks, turquoise ribbons of water threaded across gravel river basins, and glacier-fed waterfalls cascading down mountainsides. Pictures can’t capture the wonder and awe the landscape inspires. Best of all, it was experienced on horseback. What could be better than that?
The guides were relaxed, extremely respectful, knowledgeable and confident. We were treated like pampered guests. Thoughtful touches were present throughout the ride. It was fun from the minute I stepped into the van on our way to Glenorchy. Wonderful conversations, fun times and lots of riding. This ride was everything I had hoped for and more.’

Keira Mott

‘This was my second Globetrotting experience, and my first time in New Zealand, and everything about this ride and country blew my mind! The horses, guides, food and accommodation were all brilliant, and the scenery and landscape was MIND-BLOWING!
Thank you, Buddy, for sharing the week with me; we climbed up and down mountains, attempted a few jumps, galloped along the plains, and you took me swimming on horseback for the first time in my life.
I am already planning the Twin Coast Adventure for when I have time, money and my fellow NZ Globetrotters can come!’

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‘This experience was incredible and challenging for me, but nothing can really prepare you for the landscapes and terrain we crossed. The ride itself is one in a million with the trails winding through valleys, rivers and traversing mountains. I loved the river crossings – I haven’t crossed rivers like those before. I also never thought I would have gone up such steep hills. The mid-week day being an optional day is a good idea as well, to help the muscles recover in both horses and riders. The horses were champions at river crossings and anything we threw at them! Jess and Natalie were absolute stars who kept us organised and safe. They both told us lots about the landscapes we were exploring and were fun to be around. The comfort packs were really thoughtful and the organisation of the trip was impeccable. Be prepared to eat extremely well!’

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Maggie Newman

‘If you get the chance, DO THIS RIDE. The scenery is breathtaking, the horses fit, the food yummy and the guides brilliant. My boy Murphy was the perfect gentleman, and he had the smoothest canter! He got on well with all the horses and was a big sweetie. Our guides, Jess and Natalie, were brilliant. Full of information and very thoughtful, caring and helpful. Nothing was a bother, and they were a hoot!’

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Freya Smyth

‘I had an amazing time on this ride. After tearing my ACL ligament a week before the ride, I was apprehensive about how I would cope with such long periods in the saddle, but given I had four friends travelling with me, I was determined to go! Shaun and Jess were so considerate of my pain levels and adjusted the speed of the ride accordingly throughout the day. I managed to ride every day and fell in love with my pocket rocket, Rusty. He took care of me throughout the ride and I was surprisingly emotional when it came to saying goodbye. It is something I will remember forever – beautiful scenery, icy glacial waters, bloodthirsty sandflies, great company, beautiful varied food (including a chocolate birthday cake on our last night!) and a lovely chestnut pony.’

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Grace Pitts

‘Glenorchy was my second Globetrotting ride and to be honest, I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my high expectations after my first amazing experience! Now, in hindsight, I can see I had nothing to worry about. When we arrived I was assigned Snoopy, a beautiful big grey. He was cool, calm, collected and never put a foot wrong.
The riding was phenomenal – beautiful scenery, challenging cliff edges, mesmerising glacial rivers and glacier covered mountains. The guides looked after us very well, making sure we were comfortable, enjoying the experience and learning something along the way. They made sure to point out any film locations (Lord of the Rings, Prince Caspian, Mission Impossible) and gave everyone the chance to ride to the top of their ability and desires – some rode slow and steady, while others were hoon heads.
I went on this ride with one friend; however, by the end, I would say our group were all friends with a shared passion for travel and horses. It’s hard to get back into the real world after a great week like this, but I’m getting through by pondering what my next ride will be…’

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Loretta Basei

‘A stunning scenic ride not to be missed. I loved every minute of it regardless of weather and temperature. Day three was my favourite – the weather was excellent, the scenery spectacular on the way to Lennox Falls, and swimming the horses was last minute on my part, but I loved it. I rode the chilled Murphy. He was such a gentle giant and I always felt safe on him. Jess and Sean were great guides, sharing their knowledge and love for both New Zealand and the horses. The entire team are a well-oiled machine. The care pack was a lovely touch and much appreciated. Finishing at Paradise was sheer luxury – a great way to end the trip.’

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Aimee Holmes

‘There is no better way to experience the back country in New Zealand than between the ears of a horse! What a fabulous five days. That last day riding back into the real world was so bittersweet! I thoroughly enjoyed this ride – the horses were in good nick, surefooted, willing and so well matched to each rider, our guides Shaun and Jess made us feel so comfortable, the scenery was epic and there was more food than you could poke a stick at! Just don’t forget your DEET!’

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