The Glenorchy Experience, New Zealand

2 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom $1,400 NZD?Tour costs $1,400 NZD which is approximately $1,297 AUD

Three days, two nights, five globetrotters. Just enough wilderness, just enough comfort.

Alright Kiwis, listen up: for a brief, glimmering moment in time, while the whole world stays at home, you’ve got New Zealand to yourselves. We don’t need to tell you how breathtaking Aotearoa is – you’re reminded of it every day. Perhaps you see the Southern Alps brushing past your car window as you drive to work, or maybe the South Island whispers to you across the water on a clear day.

THIS is your chance to embrace all that New Zealand has to offer. None of the tourist gimmicks, none of the crowds, just you and your station-bred horse traversing the pristine back country of Glenorchy. Three days, two nights, five globetrotters. Just enough wilderness, just enough comfort. Local guides giving you exclusive access to some of the South Island’s most gobsmacking scenery.

It’s literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Kiwis, so grab the reins with both hands and discover your own backyard!

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 100 kg / 220 lbs.
  • 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:September to March.
  • Group size:A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 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:The accommodation on this ride is rustic but comfortable. On the first night you’ll be camping in tents (with camp stretcher and swag) beside a station muster hut, where there is a camp shower and a long-drop toilet. On the second night you’ll be staying in The Boiler Room, a rustic cabin at Paradise Trust on the edge of a beech forest and overlooking the stunning Diamond Lake. There are bunk beds, an outside toilet and cold running water (no shower). All bedding will be provided. Please note, there will be NO electricity available at either location.
  • Ride Length:3 days, 2 nights.
  • Inclusions:

    The price includes twin share accommodation, meals and riding.

  • Exclusions:

    The price does not include flights, travel insurance (compulsory), transfers to and from the ride, or alcohol throughout the trip.



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The price includes twin share accommodation, meals and riding.


The price does not include flights, travel insurance (compulsory), transfers to and from the ride, 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.

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.


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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

    This morning you’ll drive to Mid Rivers Farm, where you’ll meet your guides and fellow globetrotters. The staff will help sort your baggage and gear before matching you with a responsive, experienced trail horse. Once everyone is comfortable in the saddle, you’ll ride off the farm and straight up the Rees Valley, where the glacier-fed rivers and virgin rainforests will take your breath away. There will be plenty of opportunities to trot and canter along the riverbanks, and climbing up the glacial terraces with the snow-capped mountains looming high above will be a huge thrill!

    After a picnic lunch, the ride continues to Arthurs Creek Musterers’ Hut. Here you’ll find the glamping tents ready and waiting, and afternoon tea will be served as the sun slips down the sides of the valley. There is a long-drop toilet, glacier-fed waterfall for washing (freezing, but oh so good for the skin) or a rustic but warm camp shower should you wish to indulge. After tucking into a hearty dinner, you’ll snuggle into your cosy tent and rest up for the next day’s adventures.

  • Day 2

    After a filling camp breakfast, you’ll pack up and ride out of Arthurs Creek. You’ll weave through native beech forests towards the opening of Paradise Valley, which is better known as Heaven’s Gate. You are entering Lord of the Rings country, globetrotters! This is Isengard and Middle Earth. Your guides will point out scenes and settings 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.

    From here you’ll traverse the spectacular north shores of Diamond Lake, trotting and cantering through the shallows if you feel the urge to make a splash. Finally, you’ll ride into Paradise, a 300-acre historic property of outstanding natural beauty. Tonight you’ll stay at the Boiler Room, a rustic cabin beside Diamond Lake, and there may be the possibility of swimming the horses in the lake if you wish. This is rustic accommodation: an eco-composting toilet, barbeque facilities, running cold water, and no showers. After enjoying afternoon tea overlooking the lake, you’ll have time to explore on foot before regrouping in the Boiler Room for dinner.

  • Day 3

    On the last day of your holiday, you’ll venture through the mouth of Diamond Lake and ascend the southern side of Mount Alfred. At the top of the track, you’ll be able to take a moment and contemplate your journey. As far as the eye can see – and further – is where you have travelled astride your surefooted station horse. Finally, you’ll ride down the mountain and back onto your hosts’ farm. The day will finish at around 5-5:30pm, after which you’re free to depart at your leisure.

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

  • Transfer Information

    No transfers are available for this ride so guests will need to self-drive. You’ll need to arrive at Mid Rivers Farm (243 Priory Road) no later than 9.30am on the first morning. On the final day you’ll arrive back at the farm around 4.30-5pm after which you are free to depart. Your car can be parked at Mid Rivers Farm for the duration of the ride.