Around The Mountain

2 Day, 1 night ride

Experience the unforgettable overnight ride around the mountain in New Zealand. Ride through stunning landscapes and visit famous movie locations. Book now!




Strong Intermediate & Experienced


2 days, 1 Night

Weekly Departures


Minimum Age

12 years old

Weight Limit


Embrace Adventure on Our Unforgettable overnight ride

This is the only place in the world where you can ride the full circumference of a mountain. This ride has it all – Crystal clear 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 Chronicles of Narnia, Vertical Limit, and many other blockbuster movies. We have up to 150,000 acres of pristine country to ride on, in the most beautiful part of New Zealand.

Package includes: transfers, horses, guide, extra gear, accommodation and all meals.

 Dates Available
2023 – 2024

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

October 2023

17-18th October – Limited spaces available

24 – 25 October – Limited spaces available
31 Oct – 1 Nov – FULLY BOOKED

November 2023 14 – 15 November –  Hurry! 1 Space left
December 2023 12 – 13 December – FULLY BOOKED
January 2024 9 – 10 January – FULLY BOOKED
23 – 24 January – FULLY BOOKED
February 2024 13 – 14 February – FULLY BOOKED
27 – 28 February – FULLY BOOKED
March 2024 12 – 13 March – Limited spaces available


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Frequently Asked Questions

To book, please contact us directly via 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. 

In order to fully enjoy the magic of this overnight ride you will need to be either a strong intermediate or an experienced rider with a high level of riding fitness. This ride includes plenty of opportunities to go a faster pace, so being comfortable trotting and cantering over uneven terrain is a requirement for all riders. 

Our age limit for our Around the Mountain ride is 12 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

Yes! this ride offers multiple opportunities to go a little faster for experienced riders. As long as your guide feels confident in your riding abilities and feels you are both in control of your horse and the conditions are safe you will be allowed to go for plenty of canters along the way.

Please note, your guide will always assess the current weather, trail, horse and rider conditions to ensure it is safe to go faster before allowing the group to canter. 

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 if you cancel your ride 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. 

The back drop of this ride has been featured in numerous Hollywood blockbuster films over the years. Its 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. 

Paradise is New Zealand’s most formidable and famous filming location. You’ll be able to get an exclusive up close and personal experience riding amongst 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!

The adventure of a lifetime is just a few clicks away.

Interactive Trail Map

*Please note trails are subject to change and the interactive map is only one of our potential trails. 

Multiday Booking