• 1 Hr Duration
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High Country Horse Ride including Lord of the Rings Ride

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What to Expect
Travel reference:

Come take a ride through some of New Zealand's most pristine countryside, including locations used in the Lord of the Rings movies!


You'll experience the unique tranquillity of the Glenorchy basin, riding through glacial fed rivers with picturesque mountains in the background. This is some of the finest riding country in the world. You'll explore scenery that was used in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, and learn about the rich history of the area while on horseback. 



Riding in small groups, you're guaranteed a personal and enjoyable horseback experience. Ride on a variety of breeds of beautiful horses including Quarterhorse, Clydesdale X, Arab X, thoroughbred X, New Zealand Stationbred and more. It doesn't matter if you're a complete beginner or a very experienced rider, there is a horse for you and an amazing guide to help you safely ride this beautiful countryside.


Come on an unforgettable High Country Horse adventure – book your ride online with us today!



1. Rees River Trail (self-drive)

  • Ride duration: 1 hour

  • Ride level: Novice, Intermediate and Experienced

  • Glenorchy meeting point: 243 Priory Road, Glenorchy
  • Departure time: 12:30 pm, 5:30 pm



2. Rees River Trail (self drive or meet in Queenstown)

  • Ride duration: 2.5 hours

  • Ride level: Novice, Intermediate and Experienced

  • Glenorchy meeting point: 243 Priory Road, Glenorchy


Departure time:

  • Queenstown: 8:00 am and 1:30 pm (no hotel transfers available)

  • Glenorchy: 9:00 am and 2:30 pm


Return time: 

  • Approximately 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm (departure from Queenstown at 8:00 am)

  • Approximately 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm (departure from Queenstown at 1:30 pm)

  • Approximately 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm (departure from Glenorchy at 9:00 am)

  • Approximately 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm (departure from Glenorchy at 2:30 pm)


Tour reference:

  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of the top of the lake with picturesque Mountain views, and glacial fed river-crossings. 

  • Be captivated by stories of the area, rich history and many filming locations from Lord of the Rings.



3. Mountains High, Rivers Deep (self drive or meet in Queenstown)

  • Duration: allow 5-6 hours

  • Rider level: Experienced riders only

  • Glenorchy meeting point: 243 Priory Road, Glenorchy
  • Glenorchy departure time: 9:00 am
  • Queenstown departure time: Approximately 8:00 am (no hotel transfers available)

  • Return time for Queenstown : Approximately 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Includes lunch


Tour reference:

  • Come and explore over 100,000 acres of pristine backcountry.

  • Cross glacial-fed rivers, climb the side of a mountain range and explore trails through ancient beech forest.



4. Isendgaurd-Lord of the Ring 1.5 Hour Ride (self drive or meet in Queenstown)

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Rider level: Novice, Intermediate and Experienced

  • Glenorchy meeting point: 243 Priory Road, Glenorchy

  • Leaving from Glenorchy at 9:00 am and 2:30 pm

  • Leaving from Queenstown at 8:00 am and 1:30 pm (no hotel transfers available)


Return time: 

  • Approximately 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm (departure from Glenorchy at 9:00 am)

  • Approximately 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm (departure from Glenorchy at 2:30 pm)

  • Approximately 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm (departure from Queenstown at 8:00 am)

  • Approximately 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm (departure from Queenstown at 1:30 pm)


Tour reference:

Ride in Middle Earth through ancient beech forest and see where Boromir was killed in the 'Fellowship' also scenes from Narnia and Wolverine, learn the history while surrounded by Mount Aspiring National Park.



5. Paradise Combo Package (self drive or meet in Queenstown)

  • Ride duration: 4-5 hours

  • Glenorchy meeting point: 243 Priory Road, Glenorchy

  • Leaving from Glenorchy 9:00 am

  • Leaving from Queenstown at 8:00 am  (no hotel transfers available)

  • Return time for Queenstown : Approximately 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  • Includes lunch


Tour reference:

By the end of the day, you would have crossed rivers, ridden in virgin beech forest, looked out over Isengard and seen vistas that will take your breath away. 


Assembling arrangement:

Please arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes in advance of your scheduled departure time.

1. Departure from Queenstown

  • Departure time: 8:00 am/1:00 pm

  • Meeting point 1: The Station Building in Queenstown Centre (Address: Corner of Shotover and Camp Streets, 25 Shotover Street)
  • Meeting point 2: Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown (Address: Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown, 38-54 Lake Esplanade, Central Queenstown, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand)


2. Departure from Glenorchy (self-drive) - Rees River Beach / Lord of the Rings Ride

  • Departure time: 9:00 am, 2:30 pm

  • Meeting point: 243 Priory Road, Glenorchy 

  • Free parking is available.

Tips:

  • Mountains High, Rivers Deep Ride: minimum age 13 years old.
  • Rees River 2.5 hour riding: minimum age 7 years old, child tickets for children aged 7-14.

  • Paradise Combo Package: minimum age 7 years old, children at the same price of adult.

  • Other horse riding itinerary: minimum age 7 years old; child tickets for children aged 7-14 years old. 

  • Maximum weight: 95kg

  • 2 people cannot ride on the same horse, children riding on a horse will be led by a guide.

  • Minimum 2 people for Mountains High, Rivers Deep Ride.

  • For tour without hotel transfer, please make your own way to the meeting point.

  • All riding equipment (helmets, rain gear etc.) is provided.
  • We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance that includes cover for this activity.


What to bring:


  • Long trousers

  • Comfortable shoes

  • Sunglasses and sunscreen

  • Warm layered clothing including socks, gloves and scarves in the winter

How to Use
Booking information:
  • Upon booking this product, you will receive confirmation in the form of a tour voucher.

  • Please present the voucher on your mobile device on the day of the tour.

  • Your tour operator's contact details are included on the tour voucher.


Cancellation rules:
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancellation or revision made at least 5 days before use.
  • 30% payment fee will be charged for cancellation or revision made at 3-4 days before use.
  • No cancellation or revision within 2 days before use.
  • This activity is subject to weather conditions and if cancelled, the operator will attempt to reschedule or you will be entitled to a full refund.
  • If you do not show up at the required time, you will be considered to have forfeited your booking and will not be entitled to a refund.
FAQs ASK
  • Q:I never ride the horse before, can I book the Paradise Combo Package?
    A:Hi there, thanks for your question. Of course! This 4 - 5 hour trek is catered for the novice to experienced riders and is a great way to learn more and enjoy a day up the head of the lake. If you have any other questions, please send us an email at service@kootrip.com. Kind regards, Cynthia
    2019/08/08
  • Q:My child is about 12 years old, can I book a Mountains High, Rivers Deep ride tour for him?
    A:Hi there, thanks for your question. Unfortunately for safety reasons, children under the age of 13 cannot take part in this tour. If you have any other questions, please send us an email at service@kootrip.com. Kind regards, Cynthia
    2019/07/23

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