Strong Intermediate & Experienced
3 Days, 2 Night
14 years old
The Highlight Reel of the Rees Valley
We have taken the very best of our five day ride to create our ultimate 3 day ‘Heritage’ ride. With three spectacular days of exploring pure Glenorchy backcountry 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 on horseback!
Day One, meet your horse for the next three days, before crossing up the alluvial Rees River flats to our first backcountry Mustering Hut. The Rees Valley Station is a 37,000 acre Merino and beef farm and has been with the same family for over 100 years. The first night will be spent at the original Arthurs Creek Musterer’s Hut bordering Mt Aspiring National Park, with mountinous views to die for.
On Day Two, after a hearty breakfast, we explore the Rees Valley with its glacial fed rivers and wild, untamed beauty. As you cross around the Southern side of Mount Alfred, dropping down into the Dart Valley and finish in Paradise (quite literally). You will spend night 2 in our cozy rustic backcountry hut “The Boiler Room”.
On Day Three, ride through the enchanted fantasy based landscapes made world-famous from blockbuster movies like The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Mission Impossible and The Chronicles of Narnia, before heading back to the horse yards for a well deserved beverage.
Availability is subject to change, please contact the team at High Country Horses to make your booking and confirm dates are still available.
|November 2023||7 – 9 November – FULLY BOOKED
21 – 23 November – Hurry! 1 Space left
28 – 30 November – FULLY BOOKED
|December 2023||5 – 7 December – Hurry! 1 Space left
12 – 14 December – FULLY BOOKED
19 – 21 December – FULLY BOOKED
|January 2024||16 – 18 January – FULLY BOOKED
30 – 1 February – FULLY BOOKED
|February 2024||20 – 22 February – FULLY BOOKED|
5 – 7 March – FULLY BOOKED
19 – 21 March – FULLY BOOKED
Interactive Trail Map
*Please note trails are subject to change and the interactive map is only a rough guide to one of our potential trails.
Frequently Asked Questions
To book, please contact us directly via firstname.lastname@example.org with your desired ride, date and number of participants.
One of our friendly team will respond back with availability options, further information and a booking form to complete. Please fill out your form (individually) and send it back to us to hold your ride spot. Once this has been vetted by our team, you will receive our bank information to transfer your 50% deposit. As soon as we receive this fund your ride will be confirmed!
We will be here every step of the way to make this process as simple and easy as possible. Any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to reach out.
ALL Riders are required to be Confident intermediate or Experienced Riders. This means, capable of staying balanced in the saddle, have an independent seat and capable of controlling a horse at a trot and canter easily in an uncontrolled environment. Due to the terrain, pace, and horses, we cannot accommodate to anyone with less ability sorry – we are strict on this!
If you used to ride regularly but have not for a few years we strongly recommend building up some saddle hours before the ride. Your bum will thank you later!
This ride has varied accommodation depending on the time of year, weather conditions and size of group.
The Boiler Room: This quaint hut sits on the edge of Diamond Lake at the base of Mount Alfred within the Paradise Trust. This hut is fully insulated with a gas fireplace, eco composting toilet, and outdoor BBQ cooking facilities. This is shared accommodation, Sleeping arrangements are bunk beds able to sleep six people all together. This location is unpowered.
The Bunk Room: This location is a fully functional shearers quarters with the original cook shop and a new separate bunk room. The Bunk Room overlooks the Rees River across to the Paradise Valley and is fully powered with modern bathroom facilities as well as a full oven and kitchen.
Arthurs Creek Glamping: This is our most historic location, right at the edge of Arthurs Creek which features a stunning waterfall close by and pristine drinkable glacial water. The main hut is over 100 years old and is surrounded by semi-permanent glamping tents on wooden platforms. Each tent sleeps two guests with camp stretchers, swags, blankets and pillows. This camp site also offers a kitchen with gas burners and an outdoor BBQ. It has a gas califont shower along with an eco-composting toilet.
Our age limit for our Heritage ride is 14 years old, provided they have extensive riding experience and are riding fit. If your child is younger we recommend checking out our Rees River Ride.
All children under 18 years old and MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The well being and safety of our horses is of the utmost importance to our team and weight limits are put in place to ensure their welfare is kept in accordance to the world horse welfare tourism standard. We are strict on this policy.
Please note that guests may be weighed at check in and then introduced to the horse that best suits your riding ability and weight.
All booking cancellations 60 days prior to your trek date will be refunded in full. 50% of the booking cost will be refunded between 60 days and 30 days to your trek date. No refund is available within 30 days of your departure date.
Why’s this? Because your ride has been carefully curated months in advance, all accommodation, catering and other expenses have been pre organized by us based on the individual needs of yourself or group. Late change fees and expenses are incurred by us and as such no refunds will be permitted after that period.
If you are a movie lover, this is the ride for you!
The back drop of this ride has been featured in numerous Hollywood blockbuster films over the years. It’s not hard to see why, as you ride through fantasy based landscapes, mystical beech forests and around towering snow capped mountain ranges.
You’ll be riding beneath the famous “misty mountains” in The Lord of The Rings looking up at the Dart Valley that was the epic location of the tower of Isengard.
Rees Valley Station played host to Mission Impossible 6: Fallout, Walking with dinosaurs and Netflix’s hit ‘Sweet Tooth’ TV series, just to name a few.
Paradise is arguably New Zealand’s most beautiful and famous filming location in the Country. High Country Horses have exclusive horse riding rights to this incredible location and prides itself on offering an up close and personal riding experience amongst authentic scenes from Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The chronicles of Narnia, X-men Origins: Wolverine, Taylor Swifts ‘Out of the Woods’ Music video and many many more.
Most importantly… this ride will leave you feeling like you’re the star in your own movie!
Ready for the experience of a lifetime?