Multi-Day Horse Treks

Experience New Zealand’s pristine backcountry on horseback. A unique high-country ride through some of the most scenic destinations in South Canterbury. Blue Mountain Station and Lochaber Station are two of Mackenzie country’s best kept secrets nestled in amongst the Four Peaks Range. Blue Mountain Station is a 9,500ha Merino and cattle station offering breathtaking views and comfortable accommodation options – everything from a backcountry hut to a new private lakeside lodge. Lochaber Station is the neighbouring property, separated by the beautiful Orari River. Lochaber is a sheep and cattle station with 25,500 acres of ever-changing landscapes to explore.

Information

Season Year-round
Age Limit 12 y/o and above (all children 15 y/o and under MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian)
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 three 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
  • 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

BLUE MOUNTAIN STATION MULTI-DAY TREK
2-DAY / 1-NIGHT
$1,265 PP

Dates

April 2022 16th - 17th
May 2022 21st - 22nd
June 2022 18th - 19th
August 2022 13th - 14th
October 2022 22nd - 23rd

Day one

Arrive at Blue Mountain Station - approximately a 25-minute drive from the small township of Fairlie, Canterbury (2WD accessible). Everyone will be paired with a horse, fitted with a helmet and given a safety briefing on arrival. Departure is at 9:00am after everyone is comfortable on their horse, heading downstream along the Orari River. We will stop for a packed lunch beside the river and continue on riding to Basin Creek Hut where we will camp for the evening and enjoy dinner by the camp fire.

Day Two

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. Saddle up after lunch and ride back to the homestead for departure at approximately 3.30pm. 

LOCHABER STATION MULTI-DAY TREK
2-DAY / 1-NIGHT
$1,265 PP

Dates

May 2022 14th - 15th
June 2022 11th - 12th
August 2022 20th - 21st
October 2022 15th - 16th

Day one

Arrive at Lochaber Station - approximately a 30-minute drive from the small township of Fairlie, Canterbury (2WD accessible). Everyone will be paired with a horse, fitted with a helmet and given a safety briefing on arrival. Departure is at 9:00am after everyone is comfortable on their horse, heading downstream along the Orari River. We will stop for a packed lunch beside the river and continue on riding to the Twin Huts where we will camp for the evening and enjoy dinner by the camp fire.

Day Two

After a BBQ breakfast we will ride through the heart of Lochaber Station along the ridge tops, stopping for lunch with breathtaking mountain views. Saddle up after lunch and ride back to the homestead for departure at approximately 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!