3 Day Heritage Ride

3 Day, 2 nights

Embark on the ultimate 3-day ‘Heritage’ horseback adventure in Glenorchy’s Rees Valley. Explore breathtaking landscapes and stay in rustic backcountry huts.

Price

$2198.00 pp

Experience

Strong Intermediate & Experienced

Duration

3 Days, 2 Night

Minimum Age

14 years old

Weight Limit

95kg

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.

*NEW* Dates Available
2024 – 2025

Availability is subject to change, please contact the team at High Country Horses to make your booking and confirm dates are still available.

October 202429 – 31 October – Limited Spaces Available
November 202419 – 21 November – Limited Spaces Available
26 – 28 November – Limited Spaces Available
December 202417 – 19 December – Limited Spaces Available
January 2025

7 – 9 January – Limited Spaces Available

21 – 23 January- Limited Spaces Available

28 – 29 January – Limited Spaces Available

February 2025

18 – 20 February – Limited Spaces Available

25 – 27 February – Limited Spaces Available

March 2025

11 – 13 March – Limited Spaces Available

25 – 27 March – Limited Spaces Available

Testimonials

With spring well on the way we will be kicking off our Multiday rides next month! 
Ranging from 1 day up to 5 days by horseback through the stunning NZ backcountry. 
Get in touch for details! 
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📍Glenorchy boat shed

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Tales from the road: "If I could sum up the Glenorchy Back Country Ride in one word it would be EPIC. Our guides were tops. Max was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and the history, the horses and always had our safety as her first priority.  Riding through the beech forests and glacial rivers of Middle Earth, telling tales around campfires in the shadow of snow-capped mountains and cantering through pristine valleys this ride was everything a horsey holiday should be and more!" - What an amazing adventure you have had on our Glenorchy Ride in New Zealand! We are so glad that you enjoyed this ride as much as we did! #lovetoridelivetotravel #globetrotting #horseridingholidaysNZ #Glenorchybackcountry #horseriding #glenorchybackcountry
Monday Meet & Greet – Deana & Duayne

We just ADORE these two guides – Deana Irvine and Duayne Insley – who run our Glenorchy Back Country ride through New Zealand’s exquisite South Island. Their enthusiasm knows no bounds and they literally bend over backwards to go that extra mile to make sure all their guests have the greatest experience possible. We just know you will love them as much as we do!

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we only regret the rides we didn't take 
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Affectionately known as "pride rock", how beautiful is this spot from our 5 day glenorchy back country ride!?
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Rees valley at its best 👌🏻 
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Tales from the road: "From the rainforest to the mountains and those majestic waterfalls flowing from the amazing Glaciers, the Glenorchy High Country surrounds were stunning in their diversity. Being embraced by so many soothing sides of nature every waking moment of our days gave me such joy and peace. So many magic moments are framed in my mind for always. My ride Gamble, little but so brave, youthful and with the kindest soul, she just made this adventure the best ever. I left some of my heart behind with Gamble and hoped she enjoyed my company as much as I did hers every day." - Wow what a wonderful testimonial about the Glenorchy Back Country Ride from globetrotter Shaunna Kelly!
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Tales from the Road: ‘What an amazing place to take a ride! The scenery is spectacular and varied – we rode through native beech forests, around mountains, across glacier feed streams, through grassy river flats and up hills with snow-capped mountains 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 week 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 amazing knowledge of horses, riding, Maori culture and New Zealand. The trip was really well put together from pick up to drop off in Queenstown – the combination of accommodation and camping, plenty of food, and each day was different. I highly recommend this trip. Loved it!’ - Claire Brown was blown away by the Glenorchy Back Country Ride in New Zealand!
Affectionately known as "the gallop hill" how good does this look!? 
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Tales from the road: "The Glenorchy Back Country Ride was INCREDIBLE! Beautiful horses, delicious food, terrific guides and priceless views! This is a 'must do' if you want to experience New Zealand on horseback." - Audrey Tan is another happy globetrotter who has been lucky enough to experience the thrills of the Glenorchy Back Country Ride through the picturesque South Island of New Zealand!
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Wednesday Wishlist: A firm favourite with Globetrotters, the Glenorchy Back Country Ride has saddle-seats available for 2021! 

Music: Flight of the Inner Bird by Sivan Talmor
Tales from the road: "Our adventure on The Glenorchy Back Country Ride exceeded everyone's expectations, it was just wow, wow, WOW. Long canters and gallops on sure footed horses....along sandy river banks, tracks and plains, swimming the horses in crystal clear canyons, crossing rivers, riding through magnificent beech forests, swimming in arctic glacier fed waterfalls, camp fires at night and beautiful food.....am I raving? What an epic adventure and what an awesome lot of women, friendships made and memories we will always treasure." You are definitely not raving Sue Leitner, the Glenorchy Back Country ride is clearly everything (and more) it's cracked up to be!
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Tales from the road: "My recent Glenorchy Back Country ride was nothing short of magical. Ten healthy, energetic and well-behaved horses, ten fun-loving, adventure-seeking ladies, five unforgettably fantastic days in the saddle, three experienced knowledgeable helpful guides, two owners who thought of every detail. All adds up to a Ten out of Ten!" - We agree with that rating too Sharon Rowles!
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Tales from the road: "Fantastic experience - got to be one of the best holidays ever! Great horses, guides, accommodation, food and the best place to ride! We were lucky with exceptional weather!" - Karen Sawyer is another happy globetrotter having recently completed the Glenorchy Back Country ride!

Our 2017-18 season is now open. Don't miss your saddle seat on this holiday of a lifetime!
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Tales to Inspire: '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!'
- Jan Garrett absolutely loved the Glenorchy Back Country Ride in New Zealand's South Island!
Tales from the road: "My trek through the Glenorchy High country will be one I will never forget. Globetrotting provided a highly organised, safe and unforgettable experience for those wanting to view the exceptional scenery from horseback. Deana, Duayne and their experienced guides made all this possible with their expert knowledge and horsemanship. Nothing was too much trouble, from delivering the cold bottles of wine to replacing the forgotten lip balm. My horse Buddy was a total gentleman, guiding me through some rugged terrain without any trouble at all. Many thanks to Globetrotting for providing this most wonderful experience. One to tick off the bucket list!" - You are most welcome Lisa Pritt-Gordon, stoked you had such a great time!

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 info@highcountryhorses.nz 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 for our multiday treks are required to be Strong Intermediate or Experienced riders. This means, capable of riding a horse at all paces, over uneven, complex terrain in an uncontrolled environment.

Riders must be balanced in the saddle, have an independent seat and capable of using aids correctly and effectively.

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!

Our multiday rides are all inclusive. 

This means, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), accommodation, Horse and tack hire, transfers to and from central Queenstown, personal guides and trail fees and taxes are all included in the price. 

We do not supply any alcohol on our trips, although you are more then welcome to bring your own (applies to over 18).  Same applies for any specific snacks or food you may wish to bring. 

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.

  • A few sets of riding clothes (depending on the length of trip)– we love our riding tights here – light and comfy (long riding pants are a MUST)!
  • One or two sets of normal clothes (track pants/jeans/yoga pants etc).
  • 3 EXTRA pairs of socks/undies (better over packing then under 😉)
  • Riding boots and an extra pair of runners/hiking boots to wear around the camp sites (Jandles also recommended – that’s thongs for you Aussies!)
  • Short sleeve top
  • Long sleeve top
  • Thermals
  • Jersey/jumper
  • Swimming clothes/togs
  • Waterproof /Wind breaker Jacket
  • Gloves (riding)
  • Camera or phone to capture your memories (and a portable charger – there are very limited charging opportunities on our multiday treks)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun block/Sand-fly repellent
  • Toiletries and medical drugs that you may require (Panadol, antihistamines etc.)
  • Warm PJ’s
  • Drink bottle (re-usable) we do not supply bottles as we are trying to lower our plastic use, but water is plentiful for you to refill your own bottles from
  • Extra snacks and alcohol (BYO) if you wish – No alcohol is supplied on this trip but you are more than welcome to bring your own

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?

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