Horseback Hunting

Information

Season Year-round
Pricing $1,725 pp
Child Limit Per Group Maximum of three 12 y/o per group booking (open to negotiation depending on riding ability)
Weight Limit 110kg
Minimum Riders A minimum of four people per booking
Bookings We require a 20% non-refundable booking fee to secure a booking. MUST be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance
Experience Level Beginner – experienced (click here to find out what experience level best suits you)
Departures 9:00am morning departures and 3:00pm – 3:30pm afternoon departures
Locations
  • 146 Blue Mountain Road, Fairlie 7987, New Zealand
  • 2113 Lochaber Road, Fairlie 7987, New Zealand
Included
  • Breakfast, lunch, BBQ dinner, snacks and tea/coffee
  • Experienced guide
  • Cabin or canvas wall tent accommodation (accommodation upgrades available on request at an additional cost)
  • Horses and helmets
  • One meat animal pp (trophy upgrades available for additional cost)
  • Pig hunting with dogs (time dependent)
  • Rifle and ammunition use
  • Inclusive of taxes (GST)
Essential Gear Download PDF version of essential gear list
Cancellation Policy The following applies in the event of a cancellation:

60 – 30 days
The booking fee can be transferred to another prearranged date within a 12-month period from the cancelled booking date

30 – 14 days
The booking fee is forfeited

Inside 14 days
100% charge of entire trek

Day One

Arrive at Blue Mountain Station at 6:00am - approximately a 25-minute drive from the small township of Fairlie, Canterbury (2WD accessible). Have a morning hunt for a meat animal. Return to the homestead where everyone will be paired with a horse, fitted with a helmet and given a safety briefing. We will depart after everyone is comfortable on their horse, heading downstream along the Orari River to the Twin Huts. Stop for lunch along the way and finish the day with a BBQ dinner at the hut. Go for an evening pig hunt for those that would like to participate and if time permits.

Day Two

Have a morning hunt for those that have not harvested a meat animal. After a BBQ breakfast we will ride through the heart of Blue Mountain Station along the ridge tops, stopping for lunch with breathtaking mountain views back to Blue Mountain Homestead via an alternate route. Stop for lunch by the Orari River and enjoy a trout fish. Arrive back at Blue Mountain Homestead and pack-up to depart around 3:30pm.

Riding Level

Beginner A beginner rider is someone who has never ridden before or ridden a few times in a controlled environment.

If you have experience but haven’t ridden in several months or years, it is best to ride as a beginner and be paired with a quiet natured horse.

 

Intermediate

An intermediate rider is someone who can rise to the trot and sit to a canter comfortably.

We also expect that you can control your horse within and independently of the group. An intermediate rider will enjoy a more responsive horse.

 

Experienced

An experienced rider is someone who has ridden for several years and is confident on any horses with any temperament.

An experienced rider will enjoy a forward moving and responsive horse.

SAFETY: The safety of our riders, guides and horses is paramount. While every effort is made to accommodate all riders when pairing rider and horse, we must consider our horses temperaments. It is important to remember that a horse has a mind of its own and so, an accurate understanding of rider experience and ability is imperative in ensuring everyone has an enjoyable ride. We have carefully selected all of our horses and ponies to suit all experience levels and abilities. Please consider the guide above before selecting your riding level!