Glenorchy Back Country Ride, New Zealand

4 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom $3,285 NZD?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD

Globetrotting has the PERFECT accessible summertime riding escape by the name of the Glenorchy Back Country Ride.

This gem of a five day, four 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: wet and wild canters along riverbanks, wandering through native beech forests, circumnavigating a mountain and exploring a quintessential High Country property.

Your hosts, mother and daughter 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 smack bang in the middle.

On day one you’ll stay at Rees Valley Station’s shearers quarters. Rees Valley Station is a 37,000 acre working sheep station that borders World Heritage-listed Mount Aspiring National Park. On days two and three, globetrotters explore the Rees Valley with its glacial fed rivers and wild, untamed beauty. Your accommodation is beside Arthurs Creek Musterers Hut – back country camping at its best. Think waterfalls, starry nights and silence. On day four, you’ll cruise through enchanted landscapes made world-famous by blockbuster movies like The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Mission Impossible and The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. And the last night is at Miller’s House, a historic, bespoke guesthouse set within Paradise (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:A 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:A 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 and 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. Not sure what your riding experience is? Watch THIS video to find out.
  • Accommodation:For the first night guests stay in bunk bed rooms with a hot shower and flushing toilets a 1 minute walk away in a separate building. The next 2 nights guests will stay in tents with camp stretchers and swags beside a station muster hut, where there is a camp shower and a long-drop toilet. On the last night guests stay at Paradise Homestead, a historic, bespoke accommodation house with laze-about beds, hot showers, flushing toilets and a 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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November 2, 2020November 6, 20206 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
November 23, 2020November 27, 20207 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
November 30, 2020December 4, 20206 spots left
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December 7, 2020December 11, 20209 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
December 14, 2020December 18, 20207 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
January 11, 2021January 15, 20218 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
January 18, 2021January 22, 20219 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
February 1, 2021February 5, 20217 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
February 8, 2021February 12, 2021SOLD OUT!
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
February 15, 2021February 19, 20217 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
February 22, 2021February 26, 2021Only 1 spot left!
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
March 1, 2021March 5, 2021Only 1 spot left!
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
March 8, 2021March 12, 20215 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
March 15, 2021March 19, 20213 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
March 22, 2021March 26, 20219 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
March 29, 2021April 2, 20214 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
November 1, 2021November 5, 20215 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
November 8, 2021November 12, 2021SOLD OUT!
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender
November 22, 2021November 26, 20212 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
December 6, 2021December 10, 20212 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
December 13, 2021December 17, 20219 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
January 10, 2022January 14, 202210 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
January 24, 2022January 28, 202210 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
February 7, 2022February 11, 202210 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
February 21, 2022February 25, 202210 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
March 7, 2022March 11, 20228 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 AUD - Twin Share?Happy to share with another solo traveller of the same genderBook
March 21, 2022March 25, 20229 spots left
$3,285 NZD ?Tour costs $3,285 NZD which is approximately $3,079 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, 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 night’s accommodation will be at the Rees Valley Station shearers quarters. The woolshed here is still the hub of the station and is worth a peek. Panels of photographs and information inside the woolshed explain some of the history of the station and the people who work it. The Rees Valley Station shearers 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 around on foot after dinner.

  • Day 2

    After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll start your journey into the dramatic, pristine environment of Rees Valley. 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-listed Mount Aspiring National Park. You and your fellow globetrotters will travel through virgin native rainforest (NZ beech), crossing over a glacier-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 with the snow-capped mountains looming high above. Tonight you will camp at Arthurs Creek musterers hut for a night under the stars. This is camping in its simplest form: there is a musterers 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, glacer-fed waterfall (freezing, but oh so good for the skin) and a hot camp shower.

  • Day 3

    Today is spent exploring the very top of the valley, which borders Mount Aspiring National Park. You’ll visit 25 Mile Creek and the rock chasm within, swim the horses in glacier-fed Hunter Creek (weather permitting), stand at the foot of the gorgeous Lennox Falls and enjoy a saddlebag-packed lunch at the grassy base of the Falls. There will be time to explore here by foot before riding back to your base camp at Arthurs Creek musterers hut.

  • Day 4

    It’s time to leave the Rees Valley, riding into Paradise Valley. You’ll wander through native beech forests towards the opening of Paradise Valley, which is better 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 & The Wardrobe, The Lovely Bones, Mission Impossible, Wolverine and more. This is some of the most pristine back country you could ever hope 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 Trust. After bush camping for two nights, you’ll have a newfound appreciation for the hot showers, flushing toilets, electricity and freshly-made beds.

  • Day 5

    On the final day of your riding holiday, 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 over the last few days. As far as the eye can see – and further – is where you have travelled astride your surefooted station horse. Finally, you’ll creep down the mountain and back onto your hosts’ farm to finish the trip with a welcome hot drink or cold beverage.

    *Depending on the weather, you might instead venture into the Dart Valley today – the views and scenery are equally 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 that you stay in Queenstown’s city centre or out in the direction of Fernhill, NOT in 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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Joanne Agostinelli

‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was my first Globetrotting experience, and I can’t wait for the next one! Our wonderful guides, Jess and Bijmin, were the perfect combination – warm human beings who totally cared about our safety and comfort, and that of our horses. They were totally dedicated to the mission of making this the best experience ever for each and every of one us. And boy can they cook!! The horses were sound, well cared-for and ready and willing to be full participants in our adventure. The trip was laid out wonderfully with awe-inspiring landscapes and special adventures each day. The stand-out experience was when we got to swim our horses in the river and later play in the spray of an amazing waterfall. Deana and Casey run a wonderful outfit and I would totally recommend them to anyone who loves to ride. This has been an experience of a lifetime!’

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Rebecca Turnbull

‘My third Globetrotting ride didn’t disappoint. Our guides Jess and Shaun were great, leading us through the pristine countryside of Glenorchy armed with their wealth of knowledge about the area. Our horses were steadfast, carrying us across crystal clear rivers and galloping up mountain ranges, not batting an eyelid at the rabbits that would leap out of the long, lush grass and dart off from under their feet. The food was great and catered to everyone’s requests. The scenery was totally amazing – and I almost forgot about the highlight, swimming with the horses!’

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Catherine Packer

‘This ride was everything I was hoping it would be. Every day was amazing. Great horses, company, food and scenery. I’m already planning my next trip. I rode Snoopy and he was just the type of horse I asked for: slow and safe. Now I know that on my next ride, I’m ready to go up a grade! The guides were lovely and they worked hard to keep us all happy. We were so well fed that I was starting to feel sorry for Snoopy – I was pretty sure I’d come back 10 kilos heavier! I would definitely recommend this trip – it’s a very fair price for an extremely well organised ride.’

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Sheryl Germany

‘I have always had a passion for riding, so when I saw the Glenorchy Back Country Ride advertised on Facebook, with all the positive reviews, I knew I had to do it. I was turning 50 this year, and it was time to start checking off the bucket list. This was #1 on my list and it will be a hard trip for anything to compare to. The entire experience was beyond my highest hopes. The horses, guides, scenery, food – just everything was perfect. I felt like a little girl filled with joy as we walked, trotted and cantered across the rivers, fields, forests, and up the mountains. This is exactly how I wanted to kick off the ‘second half’ of my life. I’m already planning to go on a few other Globetrotting adventures, as I know they have been perfectly and meticulously planned and the bar is set super high, ensuring the experience of a lifetime. Thank you to all who work so hard on these trips!’

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Gillian Thomas

‘The scenery was absolutely beautiful. I rode Dylan, who was very comfortable. Having not ridden for years, it took a few days to remember how to saddle the horse and get my seat back. I was the only one without a horse at home, but everyone was very helpful. On the whole I think I rode quite well, but experience does help enormously. We had a lovely friendly group of people, too. I loved hearing their stories of the different rides they’ve done. The guides were exceptional in their knowledge and care of everyone. It is a very well run business and I would highly recommend this trip to other riders – worth every penny.’

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Carolyn Ross

‘A dream finally coming true. I had looked at Glenorchy and horse trekking in general around New Zealand for many years. I had done two previous treks that included an overnight stay, but this was an opportunity to immerse totally: no communication with the outside world. My new friends the horses, our guides and our horse riding buddies were fantastic. Not to mention my new best friend Beer, a fantastic, brave, kind, clever, handsome, happy fellow. I particularly loved galloping up the hill, all the river crossings, and riding back from Paradise going around the mountain.
I was totally impressed with our guides. Passionate horse people, totally professional, amazing people skills, polite, knowledgeable, humorous. They took no shortcuts with safety – it was paramount. I think you would be hard pressed to find better guides. If you find yourself looking at this ride thinking ‘Wow, I would love this’, then do it. I have no regrets!’

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Annie Hill

‘We had the best week and absolutely loved the Glenorchy ride. The horses were superb. I rode Doobie – a true gentleman who was fazed by nothing! A big strong fellow who handled the terrain beautifully. Our guides were fantastic. They showed great care for the horses and looked after us all so well. We ate really really well and the accommodation was as described – the last night at Paradise was beautiful! The scenery and river crossings were amazing. There were seven of us as a group of girlfriends and we all agreed that it surpassed all of our expectations. Such a special place. I highly, highly recommend this ride.’

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Elisa Emmett

‘My friend and I had the most amazing holiday. We made a lot of good friends, and a lot of great memories as well. The scenery, guides, horses and food were all exceptional. My horse Gizzy was a pleasure to ride. Jess and Bijmin were very professional and friendly, and cared about us and the horses we rode. Nothing was a problem and they had a lovely happy disposition. I enjoyed every moment of the trip.
Thank you for letting us be a part of the Glenorchy adventure. We are both looking at doing another ride with the Globetrotting team very soon.’

Glenorchy Back Country Ride, South Island, New Zealand - Globetrotting horse riding holidays

Brielle Hallett

‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was absolutely magical. The horses were amazing, responsive, well cared for and well educated. I rode the handsome Buddy, who was a bit of a character at the start, but by the end I wanted to bring him back to Australia with me, and I shed a few tears when I had to say goodbye. The ride was beyond beautiful and each day revealed more and more amazing views and experiences. Our Guides, Jess and Bijmin, were so incredible, friendly, knowledgeable, and fantastic horse people. I did the ride in early December, and riding through the Lupin fields was one of the highlights, as well as splashing through the glacier-fed streams.
If you are thinking of doing this ride, go for it – you won’t regret it!’

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