Strong Intermediate & Experienced
5 Days, 4 Night
14 years old
The Quintessential Back Country Experience
Please book directly through Globe Trotters, our trusted boutique equestrian travel agents and administrator for this fabulous Glenorchy back country 5-days, 4-night trek.
With five days of unrestricted hours in the saddle, this ride has it all – from exhilarating canters through untouched land, swimming horses through glacial fed streams, wandering through native beech forest, ride amongst the snow capped mountain ranges and explore the fantasy based landscapes that have inspired some of New Zealand’s biggest Hollywood blockbuster films.
High Country Horses have exclusive access to some of Glenorchy’s most Iconic scenery, stretching over 100,000 acres of pristine back country, from the Dart Valley, Paradise through to the Rees Valley with Mount Alfred sitting in the middle.
Day One, guests will stay at Rees Valley Station’s shearer’s quarters on day one. Rees Valley Station is a 37,000 acre working Merino sheep, and Hereford beef station that borders World Heritage listed Mt Aspiring National Park.
On Day Two and Three, we explore the Rees Valley with its glacial fed rivers and wild, untamed beauty. Accommodation is beside Arthurs Creek Musterer’s Hut, where it’s back country camping at its best. Think waterfalls, starry nights and silence.
On Day Four, cruise through enchanted landscapes made world-famous from blockbuster movies like The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Mission Impossible and The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. The last night is at Miller’s House, a historic, bespoke guest house set within Paradise (quite literally)!
Day Five, the final day of your riding holiday where you’ll venture from Paradise through the mouth of Lake Diamond and ascend the southern side of Mount Alfred. At the top of the track you’ll be able to take a moment and contemplate where and what you have just experienced in the last few days. As far as the eye can see and further is where you have traversed from your sure-footed station horse. Your ride will pass the Dart Bride featured in the recent NZ drama One Lane Bridge before heading back to base for a welcome cold drink.
The Glenorchy Back Country ride typifies everything we love about New Zealand.
All you need to do is get yourself to Queenstown, in the South Island of New Zealand and we’ll take care of the rest!
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
Please contact our awesome equine travel agent Globetrotting directly to book your spot on this world famous ride. You won’t regret it!
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!
Night #1- 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.
Night #2 and #3- Arthurs Creek Glamping: This is our most historic location, right at the edge of Arthurs Creek which features a 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 an eco drop toilet. It is unpowered.
Night #4 –The last night guests are in for a real treat! You will stay at the stunning Paradise Homestead, a historic, bespoke accommodation house with laze-about beds, hot showers, flushing toilets and kitchen. Guests also have the option for a professional massage by one of our professionally trained masseuses at extra costs.
This boutique accommodation is smack bang in the center of Paradise, the iconic filming location known famously world wide for its fantasy setting. You’ll be able to wake up to the most beautiful mountain view, sip a coffee surrounded by ancient beech forests and wildflowers, listen to the native birds sing and be refreshed and ready to ride!
Please check with Globetrotting directly for age requirements on this 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.
Please check with Globetrotting directly for their cancellation and refund policy.
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?