Feedback for 'Glenorchy Back Country Ride, New Zealand' Ride
‘This is the 13th week-long trek I’ve done in New Zealand. Most of these have been on the ‘Great New Zealand Trail Ride’, on a mix of my own and borrowed horses, which was held in some pretty great North Island locations. This trek in Glenorchy, however, was by far the best I’ve experienced. Each day was better than the last. The location is just epic and magical, the horses are perfect for the job and seem pretty darn happy with their life, and the guides are delightful. They are passionate, patient, helpful, interested and interesting people. I would absolutely do this ride again in a couple of years and would be delighted if they were still there.’
‘This ride was really wonderful. I can’t say enough good things about the guides. They were absolute champs, so experienced and helpful, and great to talk to. I was nearly moved to tears when they brought out a cake and sang Happy Birthday for me. So cool!
The horses were really well trained and willing. The day we got to swim the horses was the very best day, and the last night in the B&B was such a treat. I couldn’t be happier to have gone on this ride – it was truly spectacular country, and on horseback is the best way to see it. I had a fabulous time and would love to go back!’
‘If you are considering doing one of these rides, just DO IT! An amazing experience for any horse lover or traveller. Every day was spectacular. My horse Dylan was perfect… a well educated, safe little Appaloosa Quarter Horse who looked after me every day. Our guides were skilled in horsemanship, cooking and conversation among other things, and went above and beyond to make this ride incredible. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough. The food was delicious and served in huge quantities – dinners were spent laughing and sharing stories together.
Just an all-round amazing experience.’
‘I had an incredible time on the Glenorchy Back Country Ride, soaking in the beautiful scenery in the company of wonderful horses and people. Every day was a new adventure, with all the necessary comforts waiting for us at the end of the day’s ride. It was relaxed but also action packed, a perfect getaway to forget your troubles and just enjoy the moment. I loved swimming the horses – it was such a special experience. I rode Merlin and he was wonderful. All the horses on the ride looked to be much better than any other trail riding horses I have ridden before. The guides far exceeded expectations and it was a great pleasure to spend a week exploring the beautiful scenery in their company. Every moment was truly a joy, with our group of riders and guides always chatting and having fun. A priceless experience – paradise.’
‘I’d definitely recommend this trip! Every day was different and interesting; I enjoyed the whole experience. The accommodation was great, even the tents. Our guides were exceptional in every area, guiding our group with experience and a sense of humour. At the start I was hesitant, but they matched me with a perfect pony called Solly who took great care of me. I completely trusted their pairing and Solly really built my confidence. I fell in love with him!’
‘This is the first long ride I’ve done, and the first Globetrotting ride, but it won’t be the last. The whole experience was terrific, and excellent value for money. I really loved the last night at Paradise. Our guides, Jess and Bijmin, were exceptional, and I couldn’t believe how well Casey matched horses with riders. I rode JT and he was fabulous. I like a horse with a bit of ‘go’, so he was just right for me. I would definitely recommend this ride!’
‘My Glenorchy Back Country Ride was sublime… beyond expectations. The horses were exceptional. I was allocated the most divine, well-schooled, spirited gelding called Doobie, and we bonded instantly, as did the other riders with their steeds. Spending time with these stunning horses was a gift. We had snow the night before our trek (capping the mountains), sunshine for a few days (flushing the lupines), rain one day (flooding the streams) and sunshine on our last day; the perfect mix for exploring this striking landscape. Plus, our hosts and guides were among some of the nicest people I’ve ever met – generous, warmhearted and highly skilled. They tended to our every need, providing nourishing meals, welcoming lodgings and inspired conversations. I’ve made so many new friends from the experience and I’m blessed to have made the journey.’
‘I absolutely loved the Glenorchy Back Country Ride, it exceeded all expectations! The experience of riding through New Zealand’s most stunning, scenic back country was just incredible. We did the most amazing river crossings, rode through beautiful beech forests, up and down hills, and alongside the stunning Diamond Lake. The horses were very well looked after, kind and willing, and our guide Shaun was absolutely brilliant. I’m not a regular rider and wondered how my body would cope, but it was no problem. I rode Spud and he was the perfect confidence builder – we had some great canters and a gallop. Although none of us knew each other, it was a lovely small group and we had some great laughs and formed good friendships. It was my first Globetrotting ride and I’m hooked!’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was an amazing treat for the senses. Spectacular New Zealand scenery and varied riding challenges across crystal clear rivers, through forests and over mountains, all with a backdrop of glaciers and snow-capped mountains… incredible! I rode Peso – I loved her. Very sweet and responsive when I asked her to be, but cruised along otherwise. She was quite laid-back and had a nice comfortable canter, so she was a relaxing ride, but always up for some fun. Jess and Bijmin were helpful and friendly – we were very well looked after. I loved every day!’
‘Every day was awesome, but the swimming was a highlight and all the cantering was really fun. The scenery was so incredible! The horse I rode was Peso. She was always well behaved and ready to go at any speed I wanted. She was a good match for me and made the ride stress free.
Our guides were above excellent! They were always watching over us and the horses, always informing us as to what was going on, very knowledgeable about the area and horses, and great riders. They were very accommodating with the food, always having a gluten free choice for me, which I greatly appreciated. The “feast” on the last night of the ride was so beautiful and incredible. And the accommodations were always good, especially that last night at Paradise. I feel like they always did a little extra for us in every situation.’
‘This was my second Globetrotting experience and just like the first (Canada), I was blown away. My wonderful mount Gizzy was perfectly matched to my style and experience. The two guides, Jess and Bijmin, were beyond exceptional; they worked so incredibly hard to please all of us and always carried a smile even in the toughest situations. Deana and Casey were also fabulous and I thoroughly enjoyed riding with them and learning about the history of their business. All the horses were loved and well looked after, which is a big tick and must.
I give this trip a 10/10 – loved every minute. Be prepared to fall in love with this wonderful country!’
‘This experience was a dream come true and I wish it never ended. I had to pinch myself repeatedly to see if it was a dream. Truly amazing views, guides I feel are one of a kind, high quality horses and spectacular accommodation and catering. I will definitely be heading back.
Globetrotting was amazing in every way: responsive, lovely, really helpful and understanding. I was very impressed with the whole process and the lovely staff I was corresponding with. Thank you again to the Glenorchy team and Globetrotting for a truly amazing experience and adventure. This was my first trip to another country and I don’t think I could top it – unless I went on another Globetrotting trip, which I’ll definitely be doing in the future. 1000/1000.’
‘The Glenorchy ride was fantastic! The horses, accommodation, food and guides are amazing. Not to mention the scenery. I rode Cashout and he was a complete sweetheart. He was surefooted, respectful and happy to break from the group when asked. His canter was lovely, too. I was also lucky enough to ride JT for a day and he was super. Our guides worked so hard to have everything ready and perfect for us and their level of horsemanship was beyond what I had expected. They were very skilled in communicating with each and every one of us.
This trip was great value for money, as it’s hard to put a price on my level of enjoyment and that spectacular scenery. Well worth it!’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride totally exceeded my expectations. My fellow companions became friends and our guide Shaun looked after us and our horses extremely well: a great cook with an extensive knowledge of the local environment and rivers we crossed, as well as the wildlife we saw. My horse Gizzy was a real star, honest and keen, exactly the type of horse I love to ride. A perfect match for me and probably one of the best horses I have ever ridden. The scenery was spectacular and we had great weather all the way. Thank you to everyone who makes these rides possible.’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride gives you breathtaking views while riding great horses. Scenic snow-capped mountains, epic waterfalls, forests, canters along valleys while admiring glacial rivers. Our guides Shaun and Nat were very helpful and full of knowledge. They worked hard to take care of the horses and riders and prepare yummy food for all of us. I rode Tonto and he was such a star! Forward and calm with the sweetest personality. I will definitely choose him again if I have the opportunity to come back. I would do this ride every year if I could! It is fantastic and every day is magical, truly a memory for life. I wish everyone could have the opportunity to discover the beauty of Glenorchy.’
‘This was a fabulous trip and all of the ladies in my group were lovely. I just want to thank everyone who works for Deana. The lovely lady who picked us up, the lovely lady who prepped all our food, our amazing guides. The whole experience from my first point of contact at Globetrotting was amazing! The food, accommodation and organisation were incredible. My horse, Kale, was just beautiful. Jess and Bijimin are an amazing team. They know how to provide incredible customer service and are so committed and passionate about what they do. I cannot recommend this trip highly enough. Just hit the BOOK NOW button.’
‘The High Country of New Zealand, you have delivered! I genuinely enjoyed each day. We crossed glacial rivers, rode through riverside lupins and ancient beech forests, marveled at the magnificent high country landscape and even found our way to ‘Paradise’. The ‘Good Ship Buddy’ saw me safely through the river crossings and he was such a comfortable ride. Our guides guides Bijmin, Jess and Casey were the bomb. It was truly special to witness people with such natural horsemanship skills who have genuine love and care for their charges. Their thoughtfulness and care extended to the whole group and they made everyone’s trip as enjoyable as possible.’
‘This trip is awesome! Lakes, mountains, waterfalls and wildlife, all experienced from the backs of amazing horses with the most caring guides. It feels like a cross between a point-to-point trip and a lodge-based trip, which is a great middle ground for anyone not really wanting to go the whole hog with camping and packhorses, but still wanting that sense of rawness. I rode Cashout and was really happy with how he went. I really loved the opportunity to do some exploring off the horses, too – hiking up to the waterfall was really fabulous. It is always hard to put a value on these types of trips, but I LOVED this ride and would have to say it is great value for money.’
‘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!’
‘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!’
‘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.’
‘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!’
‘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.’
‘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!’
‘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.’
‘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.’
‘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!’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride is truly spectacular, with the most amazing views you’ll ever see. The best way to see the South Island is on horseback. I couldn’t believe the scenery we were exposed to. It was simply stunning and truly a wonderful experience. If you love riding and want to see the most amazing back country then I highly recommend this ride for you! It’s very well organised and the guides are friendly, knowledgeable and fun. Your allocated trusty steed will take you on the most amazing adventure and the memories you make together will stay in your heart forever.’
‘This experience has been difficult to put into words. Amazing, stunningly beautiful, an experience that left me breathless. Incredible scenery and horses, guides who were truly faultless – beautiful souls who deserve only the best, they exceeded our expectations. This ride gave us so much more than an epic experience on the horses through the high country – it restored our belief that there are wonderful people out there who go above and beyond to make an experience like this a memory of a lifetime. If anyone is looking for the perfect ride, we just rode it.’
‘This was my first multi-day ride and it was outstanding! I had minimal experience (riding friends’ horses as a child, trail rides on holidays and several lessons/rides in the lead-up to this trip). I highly recommend this holiday for riders of all levels. The guides were outstanding and split the group up according to ability so that everyone could maximise their experience. They were encouraging and easy to follow, and took great care to check on the horses and the tack, as well as helping advise on skill improvement. By the last day I had gained the skills to canter with confidence. The food, accommodation, horses, supplies and scenery were top notch! They didn’t miss a thing.’
‘I loved this ride. The scenery was genuinely breathtaking at every turn and it is an experience that will last a lifetime. I would actually go back and do it again. It was very well run and organised by the team in Glenorchy. Their local knowledge was great and their horsemanship was exceptional. It was great to see that the staff had a genuine love for the animals in their care. The horses were incredibly fit, well looked after, and well-matched to their riders. They were all cool, calm and collected and had plenty of ‘go’ when asked. Each day I enjoyed a great ride, lovely healthy fresh food, stunning scenery, a nice glass of local wine, great company and a few creature comforts. Who could complain about that? I made a few lovely new friends and had a great time. I would happily book a trip through Globetrotting again.’
‘Amazing ride, horses, food, experience! Top notch. Our horses, Doobie and Jungle, were amazing. They were paired as best friends and perfect for our needs. We wanted to bring them home! Jess was amazing and great to chat to, and Shaun was very knowledgeable on the region, flora and fauna, etc. I loved the food sooo much and it was lovely to have such varied accommodation. This ride was worth every penny.’
‘This was a fantastic week and I met some great people and made new friends. Deana, Jess and Bijmin were amazing and the scenery in Glenorchy was breathtaking. Riding the horses through the lake was awesome. It was well worth the money, I loved every minute and would definitely go back in a heartbeat! If you’re sitting on the fence about this ride, it’s time to jump off! Don’t miss this amazing experience.’
‘Well, what a week! I had been looking forward to this ride for almost a year and have probably bored my friends silly with the excitement I had leading up to it. It did not disappoint. The staff, especially our guides for the week, Nat and Shawn, were fantastic. Nat and Shawn excelled at looking after our group of ten riders and horses, and their knowledge of the areas we rode through was fantastic. I tried some native berries, was informed about native flora and experienced some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. I was matched to the best horse I could imagine. His name was Cruise and what a wonderful boy he was. I felt completely at ease riding him for the five days. One word of advice: beware the sand flies and cover up everything. But in all honesty, if I could do it all again I would not hesitate – sandflies and all.’
‘I had that best time! What a beautiful place to visit – I honestly think I could live there. We had the best guides, Jess and Shaun, and a huge thanks to Deana and Casey. The horses were in terrific condition. I rode a horse called Jungle, who was an absolute gentleman – kind and responsive and did everything I asked of him, a pleasure to ride. The meals were terrific. We certainly had plenty to eat and Jess and Shaun did a fantastic job serving as both guides and chefs, hats off to them. I couldn’t have asked for nicer people to go away with than the group of girls on the ride. I’d just like to thank all of you at Globetrotting for the fantastic opportunity to go away and do something that I love. The whole trip was fantastic.’
‘This was the trip of a lifetime for me and something I have been working towards for the last five years in line with my riding goals, in order to be able to ride through the beautiful Lord of the Rings high country. What I didn’t realise was just how breathtaking the setting would be in real life, and how outstanding the horses would be. Casey and Deana really have put together an amazing troop of horses that can cater to all manner of riders – we had a broad spectrum of abilities and experience in our group but it didn’t feel like that once we were out in the wilderness. I loved this ride – five days was a long time to be in the saddle, but every day there was something new and different to see and experience. To anyone thinking of doing this trip – stop thinking and just do it!’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was an amazing experience. We rode on well cared-for and capable horses that were more than willing to go out each day. I was a little nervous about the type of horse I’d have for the week, but needn’t have worried, as my horse Jungle was simply adorable! He looked after me so well and built up my confidence, even jumping a few logs. He was never silly or spooky, just a solid mount. Each day the was scenery was different; beautiful forests, river crossings and riding through long-grassed, open fields with mountains either side – it was fairy tale stuff! The guides were very knowledgeable about the countryside, horses and all the movies that had been filmed along the way. The food was plentiful; my daughter and I have dietary issues and we were catered for flawlessly at each meal, often with multiple options. I can’t thank Deana and Casey’s team enough for putting on such a great week for us. We will remember it fondly for many years.’
‘It’s been a hot minute since I got back from Glenorchy in February. The memories are still making the days at the office tough to take. There was no way to prepare for the epicness and truly unique experiences that bound together our group of intrepid Globetrotters.
We arrived after over half a metre of rain had fallen. Nonetheless, as rain threatened to drown out Deana’s voice in the tack shed, she offered us two options. Option A was to ride. I guess we’ll never know what Option B was. If we were allowed on horses, we were getting on horses! The next several hours were spent trekking along the edges of the swollen Rees River. Our guides, Jess and Shaun, never wavered and our horses never put a hoof wrong. My fellow globetrotters also deserve a round of applause. My trusty steed, Beer, who is famous among globetrotters, never hesitated, even when the water rose midway up his shoulders. We were kept super comfortable at Camp Glenorchy as the weather set in that night. The next day was wet and flooded, with some of the houses in Glenorchy being evacuated, but day 3 dawned bright and beautiful, as though the rain had never happened. We rode 21 kilometres and climbed the equivalent of 250 flights of stairs, and the horses got a well-deserved massage when we arrived at the shearing shed bunkhouse.
Day 4 had a lot of river crossings, with Shaun and Jess carefully picking our path. We got a real indication of the extent of the floods, looking at grass and sticks caught in fences far from the river. We rode into stunning Paradise in the afternoon and explored the trust’s property before dinner, gazing down the valley to some recognisable landscapes from many movies.
Day 5 was the one day when we were able to stick to the itinerary. We rode past several new landslips on the Dart River side of Mt Albert before an amazing long canter along the flat by the river.
This trip was unique and unrepeatable. I loved every minute and I’d love to do it again.’
‘If you want to ride in heaven, this is the closest you will get. I would recommend this ride to anyone. I’m a kiwi living in Australia and I was blown away by the scenery – amazing river crossings, incredible forest tracks, waterfalls (I lost count!), wild deer grazing the hillsides. It just takes your breath away.
Everyone was happy with their horses, which were well matched to their riders. Ruby was the perfect horse for me – just like what I ride at home. The food was amazing. Our guide, Nicola, was very knowledgeable and just super.
This holiday has a bit of everything, a good amount of time in the saddle, and plenty of changes of pace. Start planning, globetrotters, this is a must-do ride!’
‘This was my favourite holiday of all time!! I loved the adventure, beautiful scenery amd amazingly well thought-out itinerary. Our guides were brilliant and friendly, the horses willing and responsive, the camps very well appointed, and the organization was beyond my expectations. Bijmin and Jess were so passionate, thoughtful and kind. Their horsemanship was excellent and they were great at sharing tips in a way that was encouraging without being bossy. They interacted with the group as friends, on the same level as us, while maintaining control and safety in all situations. I rode Merlin and I was happy with how we worked together during our ride. He was willing and responsive while keeping me feeling safe. I can’t recommend this ride highly enough!’
‘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!’
‘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.’
‘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!’
‘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!’
‘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!’
‘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.’
‘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…’
‘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.’
‘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!’
‘I’m still trying to adjust back to normal life with a crazy amount of emotions still resonating from memories of my Glenorchy experience. I was most fortunate to have two dear friends join me, which added to how wonderful it all was because I was able to share each extraordinary moment with them.
My horse, Doobie – if only I could have brought him home with me. He was very special and I felt honoured to be cared for by him each day. I’m not sure how he did it in such a short time, but he certainly impacted forever my heart and my mind. Corny but true.
Our guides, Nat, Shaun and Bijmin, were absolutely outstanding in every way! From their extensive knowledge and care of the native flora and fauna and the wonderful history of the region, to their intuitive horsemanship, to their complete professionalism and awesome cooking skills. We consistently felt safe, organised, informed, catered-for and important.
Thank you for all your hard work in organising such a special experience.’
‘I would highly recommend this ride as the scenery is unbelievable and you can only see this on horse or by foot. I loved day 3, when we got to gallop and swim in the canyon. The guides, Shaun and Jess, were fantastic… so knowledgeable and helpful. I rode Gizzy and he was amazing. He took me over some pretty hazardous crossings and never put a foot wrong. When we had the opportunity to gallop he was fantastic… I nicknamed him Bonecrusher, after the famous NZ galloper, as he always came from behind and won all the races!’
‘I absolutely adored every moment of this trip, except possibly the few hours of riding in the rain, but even that was not bad and part of the adventure. An unbelievable, beautiful setting each day. I had a fabulous little steed in Rusty and I know everyone else was happy with their mount. We were looked after so well by our knowledgeable guides. I’d do it again if there were not so many other rides I have not done, so will recommend it in a heartbeat.
Thank you so much, Globetrotting. You should be so proud of what you do.’
‘What an amazing adventure. Lasting friendships forged throughout the ride with outstanding views, challenging weather and plenty of laughs. JT (AKA Justin Timberlake) was a perfect match for me, and our guides, Shaun and Nat, were fabulous.’
‘This trip has reignited something in me which I can’t quite put into words… so thank you. For someone who had only recently returned to riding after a prolonged break, this was the perfect opportunity to get back in the saddle, enjoy some wonderful company and see beautiful NZ! I rode Jungle, who looked after me and brought back my confidence galloping and jumping! He was just brilliant!
I personally can’t thank our guides enough for making us feel so welcome, comfortable, confident and safe. My sincere thanks also go to Deana, Casey, Di and the rest of the support crew, who made it a wonderful experience I will never forget. Our guides and crew were the first up in the morning and last to bed, ensuring we had everything we needed and that the horses were well fed and rested. They could not have done anything more for us. It was great to see them looking after the environment along the way, too, ensuring we were only leaving hoofprints behind.
Overall, the experience was one in a million and I can’t wait to book my next one!’
‘I really enjoyed my five day ride through the Glenorchy back country. The whole experience, from booking with Globetrotting to the pre-trip information to the ride itself, was easy and seamless. The guides were amazing – knowledgeable, helpful, always thinking of safety, tolerant, enthusiastic, cheerful, great role models and fabulous horse people. The horses were great, the food was fabulous, the place itself was magnificent – and I met some wonderful new friends! Cantering through the forest, the occasional gallop and going to the waterfall were some of my favourite moments. Loved it!’
‘My third Globetrotting experience was all about the superstars of Glenorchy. Being greeted by the infamous Bijmin was a semi-surreal moment. But there was no time for autographs because the all-important four legged crew were saddled and waiting to take our all-Aussie girl group to the glaciers.
The gallops, the gals and the guides (Bijmin, Shaun and Nat) made this trip special. The backdrop of the snow-capped mountains and glacial waters made it unforgettable.’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride would be hard to equal if you have a deep respect and passion for immersing yourself in unspoilt, stunning scenery and environments. Every day holds its own magic and I didn’t want it to end. Our guides were exceptional with both the horses and guests. They are knowledgeable, friendly, hard working, patient and kind people. The horses were well matched to the riders, well looked after and well educated. I have only compliments on every aspect of this wonderful journey. This ride far exceeded my expectations and will forever remain as a treasured memory. Thank you to all involved in providing such a well run trek, you’re a terrific and polished team. Just keep doing it this way, it’s the right mix!’
‘I really struggled to write this as I can’t find the exact words to describe the trip. But I did manage to find one fitting word: FREEDOM. This ride is absolutely stunning from start to finish. The environment is something out of a fairytale (quite literally): the pristine forestry, snow-capped mountain ranges, glacier-fed rivers and waterfalls that hold the cleanest and purest water in the world. Our guides, Jess and Bijmin, were outstanding in their knowledge of the land, horses, people and cooking. Every night the meals were cooked to perfection, and although I’m a little disappointed I didn’t lose weight, I don’t regret for a second not eating the delicious food they provided each and every day. The horses were all superb and well educated – some of the hardiest yet most responsive I’ve had the privilege of riding. If you are thinking of doing this trip, JUST DO IT! The memories and friendships I made over that week will forever be in my heart, and I am so grateful to Globetrotting for allowing me to be a part of something so surreal.’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was a special horse riding trip I will always remember. Being my first international ride, I was in awe of the beautiful countryside we rode through each day. Having 5 Kates and 2 Sheryls in the group meant there was loads of laughter and fun along the way. The group all bonded so well and new friendships for life have been made too.
Thank you Globetrotting!! Your fine selection of rides and outfitters is just awesome!’
‘This was such a good experience! Everything was outstanding. Our guides were amazing hosts and horse people. Jess and Bijmin were outstanding! They knew everything, or would find out anything they didn’t know already. They really complimented each other, too.
I rode Kale. He was wonderful – very responsive, young and quite forward, which is exactly the kind of horse I’d suggested I’d like to ride. Absolutely no complaints. We were treated like royalty and allowed to have a holiday. There was so much good food, too! I’m recommending this ride to anyone who will listen!’
‘This ride is very well organised, with a different schedule every day. I had plenty of time to relax and enjoy every moment – and there were a lot of them. We had lots of time for great photos and our wonderful guides helped us find the best spots to do it. Bijmin and Jess were so kind, happy and accommodating. I loved how the scenery changes throughout the day, making for a very interesting and fun ride. We cantered fast, cantered slow, trotted, walked through fairytale forests, crossed rivers and gazed at one beautiful scene after another. Swimming with the horses in beautiful turquoise glacier water was breathtaking. All of the food was delicious, with plenty of it. Our accommodations were clean and tidy with great views.
I’ve ridden many miles in many countries and found the three things that make a great ride: good food, beautiful scenery, and good, fun people. This ride had it all to the highest degree. LOVED IT!’
‘If you want a holiday of a lifetime, this is it. You can’t get better scenery, guides, and experiences than this! I rode Gizzy and within five minutes of riding him I was absolutely in love. He was the best horse for me. He built my confidence up, and when we got to gallop he went as fast as I wanted him to go. I felt so connected to him. He was amazing! I absolutely loved swimming the horses through the river, and also the big run up the grassy hill. My mom, sisters, cousin, aunt and I all got to run our horses up the hill at the same time and it was so fun!!
Our guides were outstanding! They just don’t come better than Bijmin and Jess! They work well together and they were so personable to everyone in the group. The accommodations were awesome – rustic and nice. The day we reached Paradise it had rained most of the ride, and when we got to the cottage there was a fire going and snacks out for us. I thought we had died and gone to heaven!’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was worth every penny spent. If you do this ride, you will not regret it. It was all so wonderful!! The scenery was outstanding! The guides were wonderful and really knew what they were doing. They knew how to handle the horses and take us through the best places at the rivers. They were a joy to talk to and really were a huge part of why this ride was so wonderful. I loved the changes in scenery and all the different places we stayed. The cottage at Paradise was so wonderful and fitting after riding in some rainy weather. I was so impressed with how well the horses were cared for, too. I rode Star and he was wonderful. I especially enjoyed running him up the big grassy hill. I would recommend this to my friends and anyone else who loves to ride.’
‘What an awesome time in Glenorchy. The scenery was mind blowing, words just doesn’t do this part of the world justice. The horse I was matched to, JT, was awesome and suited me perfectly – he was forward-moving but very relaxed when in the group. The food was wholesome and yummy, the accommodation was comfortable, and what a bonus on the last night to stay at the aptly named ‘Paradise’. Our guides were great – enthusiastic and with so much local knowledge to share. Jess and Bijmin are true horse people, it was definitely great to have met them both.’
‘This was an amazing ride. I loved seeing such beautiful country that not everyone has the opportunity to see. The other riders were all great and we enjoyed each other’s company. The horses, the guides, the mountains – all of it was amazing, awe inspiring and great, great fun. I feel like I am a better rider from my five days on a horse in Glenorchy. I am not afraid to gallop, or ford a river, or ride up and down steep hills. I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend this ride.’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country ride is a MUST DO ride. Each day just got better – every scenic vision was amazing. The guides were up there with the best and went above and beyond for their clients. This ride is now equal favourite with my all-time high of the Namib Desert Ride… I didn’t think that would ever be possible. But this ride has everything, so it deserves it.’
‘My first Globetrotting experience, and I chose to do it in my home country. It was truly amazing. Jess and Bijmin are the most amazing young people, their horsemanship, care and local knowledge is exceptional – I just loved the two of them to bits. They are funny, clever, and were so patient and professional with everybody. They command respect without being overbearing, always happy. For me they came equal to our beautiful back yard. And they fed us to bursting every day!!! The weather gods didn’t exactly play fair, but that’s not unusual in our mountains, and when the rains stopped and the rivers dropped sufficiently to do safe crossings (river flow records were broken), Jess, Bijmin and Natalie guided us through some of the most stunning scenery in New Zealand. Put this ride on your to do list – you won’t regret it.’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was beyond all my expectations! The scenery was absolutely spectacular, photos and videos just don’t do it any justice. Upon meeting my horse, Slim Shady, I could tell my ride was going to be even more memorable.We clicked instantly and he was one of the best horses I’ve ever ridden. This was a very organized ride with Jess and Bijmin as our guides and cooks, they did a fantastic job and I cannot thank them enough! My favorite day was when we got to swim the horses in the lake. I’d never been swimming with a horse before, and experiencing this for the first time with amazing scenery was something I will never forget! I made some amazing friends along the way as well, and cannot wait to book my next ride! Rated 10/10.’
‘It was the most wonderful experience and one I will never forget. The group I travelled with were a lot of fun and looked after me, as I was the grandma of the group!’
‘Great horses, breathtaking scenery, two amazing guides – Jess and Bijmin, good food, drink, and accommodation and perfect weather. The most memorable trip of a lifetime!’
‘What an amazing place to take a ride! The scenery is spectacular and varied – we rode through native beech forests, around mountains, across glacier-fed streams, through grassy river flats and up hills with snow capped mountains as the backdrop all the way. My horse, Gizzy, was a little beauty who was willing to go anywhere and do anything. We had the best time including an amazing swim in the river and a beautiful long canter up a grassy slope together. Our guides Bijmin, Jess and Casey were fantastic – they had an amazing knowledge of horses, riding, Maori culture and New Zealand. The trip was really well put together and each day was different. I highly recommend this trip. Loved it!’
‘The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was AMAZING!! A wonderful experience I’ll never forget. Would recommend to anyone – 10/10.’
“Such an adventure! Everything was 100% top notch!”
“Every day was magical; the scenery was spectacular, the weather held out for us, I couldn’t have asked for anything more!”
“If you want to ride into a simply magical part of New Zealand on the back of a strong, willing horse – then this ride is for you!”
“Our guides Jess, Shaun and Mel were WONDERFUL!!! Friendly, knowledgeable, and they went above and beyond to make it a spectacular experience. They are an absolute asset to Glenorchy High Country.”
” Guides (Jess, Bjimin and Ruth) were amazing and perfect for the job!”
“Deana, Casey and Gilly all helped make sure our trek was memorable!”
“The Glenorchy ride was my first Globetrotting adventure and one of the best experiences of my life!”
“I was able to get back to nature and enjoy the simple things in life!”
“New Zealand has to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. The sights were breathtaking, and what better way to experience it than on a reliable steed!”
“What an amazing experience! This would have to go down as one of the best holidays ever!”
“Amazing horse riding country to traverse, willing horses, fabulous guides – great cooks too! Cozy accommodation and OMG scenery.”
“The Glenorchy ride was all kinds of spectacular. The countryside was amazing – just when you thought it couldn’t get better, it did!”
“Riding through Paradise was heaven!”
“This riding trek was an experience like no other!”
“Best horse riding we have ever done!”
“Everything was stand-out excellent!”
“The Glenorchy ride was spectacular!”
“Graeme and I loved the Glenorchy Back Country Ride! The most beautiful scenery, great horses and excellent food!”
“If you are looking for a ride with scenery that will leave you lost for words then this is the ride for you!”
“Riding across glacial-fed rivers, weaving our way through valleys surrounded by towering mountains and breathtaking scenery at every turn made me proud to be a Kiwi!”
“The whole ride was a stand-out experience – the amazing scenery, the guides and the horses!”
“Our horses on the Glenorchy Back Country Ride were sure-footed, reliable and knew their job well. I loved the long canters but there was never any pressure on riders to move at the same pace!”
“This was a dream come true for me as it has been on my bucket list for years!”
“The scenery took our collective breath away at every turn but that was only a part of the Glenorchy experience. This has to be the best-run tour I’ve ever done!”
“I couldn’t have asked for a better organised and more spectacular setting to ride through with like-minded people on such willing and beautiful animals.”
“This trip changed me. My mare Peso taught me that there was nothing to be afraid of.”
“A life changing experience. Our guides and Globetrotting had thought of every possible thing that could make the trip more comfortable, more enjoyable and relaxing.”
“Best. Holiday. Ever!!!”
“My recent Glenorchy Back Country Ride was nothing short of magical.”
“I fell in love with ‘my’ horse, Gamble! I told Duane and Deana that Gamble needed to come home with me to Australia.”
“All I can say is… GO FOR IT!!! You won’t regret it!”
“The Glenorchy ride is a once in a lifetime experience. I loved every minute of it!”
“One of the best rides of my life! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this ride to anyone who wants to see what the NZ high country has to offer!”
“The team was amazing and really made us feel like part of their family.”
“I loved everything from start to finish! I didn’t want to go home!”