Sharing the Grandeur of Glenorchy on horseback

Since 1987

Just an hour out of Queenstown, we provide unforgettable cinematic experiences on horseback. Ride through ancient beech forests, movie scenes, cross braided glacial riverbeds and discover why our horse treks are considered some of the best in the world.

Internationally renowned Horse riding adventures

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As a locally owned business deeply rooted in New Zealand’s heritage, we have been providing exceptional horse trekking experiences just outside of Queenstown since 1987. Our exclusive access to over 100,000 acres of iconic, world famous, pristine Glenorchy high country trails offers so much more than just a ride – they unveil a world of majestic scenery that has inspired movies, writers, and creatives alike. Traverse the same landscapes that graced the silver screen in iconic films and let your imagination soar as you connect with the spirit of this remarkable land. 

Book an unforgettable experience with High Country Horses today and witness the awe-inspiring vistas of Glenorchy that have captivated hearts for generations. Experience the magic, heritage, and natural wonders of Glenorchy from the saddle of a trusted companion.

Our Newest Horse Riding Experience

The Paradise Cinematic Trail

Immerse yourselves in the beauty of Paradise valley, the world renowned filming location that has been featured in some of New Zealand’s biggest blockbuster films including The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Chronicles of Narnia, X-Men: Origins and Taylor Swifts ‘Out Of The Woods’ music video, just to name a few. Ride through the movie scenes and immerse yourself in ancient beech forests, incredible scenic vistas and rolling green hills that need to be seen to be believed.

Day Rides

Horse Riding adventures in Queenstown

Just an hour out of Queenstown on one of New Zealand’s most scenic drives, our horse treks will give you an authentic experience like no other! With rides and horses to suit all experience levels, and exclusive access to some of New Zealand’s most famous, fantasy based scenery, we will ensure a horse ride to match your desired adventure! Bring the family, join some friends and find out why we are are regularly voted one of the best experiences in the Queenstown region.

The perfect ride for beginners. Sample the wild beauty of Glenorchy on this 1hr express experience. Ride through clear streams, across farmland and through the wildflowers.

The perfect scenic ride for all abilities. Cross glacial rivers, explore our famous farmland and experience the untamed beauty of Glenorchy.

The Rees River PRO lets you combine your love of riding with the thrill of going at a faster pace through awe inspiring scenery In Glenorchy. Cross rivers, canter through untamed land, explore our ancient forests and ride below our famous snow capped mountain ranges. 

Experienced riders only. 

PLEASE NOTE – THIS RIDE DOES NOT OPERATE DURING WINTER MONTHS.

Immerse yourselves in the beauty of Paradise valley, the world renowned filming location that has inspired New Zealand’s biggest blockbuster films including Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Chronicles of Narnia, X-Men: Origins and Taylor Swifts ‘Out Of The Woods’ music video, just to name a few. 

High Country Horses has exclusive horse riding access through this iconic film location. 

Come and explore over 100,000 acres of pristine Glenorchy backcountry. Cross glacier fed rivers, climb the side of a mountain range and explore trails through ancient beech forest.

Complimentary Lunch included in this package. 5-6 hours in the saddle. 

Experienced riders only. 

Multi-Day Rides

The experience of a lifetime

Embark on an unforgettable multiday adventure just an hour out of Queenstown, immersed in stunning landscapes and authentic experiences. Swim in glacial waterfalls, indulge in amazing food, and enjoy luxury camping under the stars. Join us for a remarkable journey filled with thrilling rides and unforgettable memories.

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2 day Around the Mountain ride

This is the only place in the world where you can ride the full circumference of a mountain. This ride has it all – river-crossings, native beech forest areas, glacial fed lakes, the highest elevation ride in the Queenstown basin and to finish – true authentic locations from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Hobbit, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Vertical Limit, and many other movies.

3 Day Heritage Ride

We have taken the very best of our five day ride and created the ultimate backcountry highlight reel.  With three days of pure backcountry riding and two nights glamping at our NZ mustering huts in the heart of both the Rees and Dart Valleys, this is truly the finest Kiwi adventure.

4 Day Misty Mountain Spectacular

Embark on the extraordinary “Glacial Traverse,” a 4-day equine expedition that transcends the ordinary. Immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of Glenorchy’s backcountry, where each day unfolds a new chapter of awe-inspiring landscapes and unparalleled adventures.

5 day Back Country Ride

Experience the ultimate 5-day backcountry adventure in Glenorchy, New Zealand. Ride through stunning landscapes, explore iconic filming locations, and stay in unique accommodations. Join us for an unforgettable journey into the heart of nature.