Misty Mountain Spectacular

4 Day, 3 nights

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.


$3,198.00 pp


Strong Intermediate & Experienced


4 Days, 3 Night

Minimum Age

14 years old

Weight Limit


A 4-Day Equine Expedition showcasing Mystical Mountains, enchanting Beech Forests and iconic movie locations.

Our Newest Mutliday ride is here

Embark on the adventure of a life time! Our newest Multiday ride featuring 4 days and 3 nights of pure magic, transports you to another world entirely. Showcasing the very best of our fantasy based landscape, be awe inspired by the mystical snowcapped mountain ranges, enchanting beech forests, and untouched nature and heritage. 
Explore 1000 waterfalls cascading from ancient glaciers atop mountain peaks, swim in the crystal clear, turquoise waters amongst chasms forged from natures bests artists. Canter through sprawling valleys and up hills that played host to famous film scenes like Mission Impossible : Fallout, Lord Of the Rings and Hobbit, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Chronicles of Narnia. 

As the sun sets, camp under a blanket of stars, immersing yourself in the tranquility of the wilderness and the soft symphony of waterfalls and wildlife. Our glamping experience at iconic NZ mustering huts in the Rees and Dart Valleys provides comfort without compromising the authenticity of your rugged expedition.

The “Misty Mountain Spectacular” is not just a ride; it’s an intimate dance with nature, a symphony of horse hooves, flowing rivers, and the rustling leaves of ancient beech trees. Join us for an unparalleled equine odyssey where each moment is a brushstroke on the canvas of a Kiwi adventure painted in memories that last a lifetime.

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.

November 202425 – 28 November – Limited Spaces Available
December 202416 – 19 December – Limited Spaces Available

January 2025

13 – 16 January – Limited Spaces Available

27 – 30 January – Limited Spaces Available

February 2025No Spaces Available
March 2025

No Spaces Available


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This gem of a 5 day, 4 night itinerary is situated one hour from Queenstown in the cute-as-a-button, lakeside community of Glenorchy, New Zealand.

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Wednesday Wishlist: On the Glenorchy Back Country Ride you’ll journey into the dramatic, pristine environment of Rees Valley. Rees Valley Station is rated one of the area’s most scenic places to ride. 

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The Glenorchy Back Country Ride, New Zealand gives you exclusive access to over 100,000 acres of pristine back country stretching from the Dart Valley through to the Rees Valley with Mount Alfred sitting in the middle. 

Music: Keep An Eye by Back To Dream
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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. 

Riders must be 14 years of older 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?

Multiday Booking