New Zealand - Explorer Trails

Experience Level
  • Open Jan-Apr
  • Set arrivals
  • 2 to 5 nights / 3 to 6 days of riding | 4 to 10 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Christchurch
  • Weight limit: 15st 10lbs (100 kg) (220 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 15

These trails vary from four to seven nights and take you through the sheep and cattle stations of South Island.

Your guides have lived and worked in this area most of their lives and have mustered sheep on many of the farms you ride over. Their local knowledge is vast and they are well equipped to show you this part of their world. You stay in basic shearers huts or tents and really get an understanding of how life works on high county sheep stations.

Pack horses are used for carrying your luggage and supplies although on the longer rides a support vehicle will meet you every few days with fresh supplies.

These are adventurous participatory rides and you will be involved in the daily work of looking after the horses and setting up camp on the trip.

The horses are Thoroughbred Clydesdale crosses of at least 16hh. Nearly all are homebred.

The tack is simple with farm style snaffle bridles and comfortable stock saddles with surcingles.

This ride is suitable for any level of rider although due to the terrain it is not suitable for nervous riders or for those who suffer from vertigo. You will be spending long hours in the saddle and so it is important to be physically fit and able to mount and dismount unaided. Due to the nature of the terrain and the fact that you have pack horses all the riding is done at a walk. You will stay on your horse on uphill sections but always dismount downhill. So you must be able to walk downhill perhaps on loose shingle and lead your horse at the same time possibly for up to an hour.

Hard hats are mandatory.

Accommodation is basic and includes bunk rooms in shepherds/musterers huts or shearers quarters. You may also have to sleep on airbeds in tents if the group numbers are large.

It is not possible to have a single room and you must be prepared to share. Sometimes the accommodation is very basic and on occasion you may all be sleeping in one room. In some places there are limited or no washing or toilet facilities.

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Upcoming Dates

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Explorer Trail - 3 nights-4 days riding
4 Feb 2019 - 7 Feb 2019 3 nights 3 ngts £910.75 View (.pdf) Book
Explorer Trail - 5 nights-6 days riding
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Feb 2019 5 nights 5 ngts £1,371.45 View (.pdf) Book
Explorer Trail - 2 nights-3 days riding
4 Mar 2019 - 6 Mar 2019 2 nights 2 ngts £652.44 View (.pdf) Book
Explorer Trail - 5 nights-6 days riding
24 Mar 2019 - 29 Mar 2019 5 nights 5 ngts £1,371.45 View (.pdf) Book
Explorer Trail - 3 nights-4 days riding
8 Apr 2019 - 11 Apr 2019 3 nights 3 ngts £910.75 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

Explorer (four days riding) £910.75.

Explorer (six days riding) £1,371.45.

INCLUDES Meals; accommodation and riding.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT It is not possible to request a single room so you should be prepared to share.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Tips, alcoholic drinks and special diet supplement.

NEAREST AIRPORT Christchurch.

TRANSFERS Return transfers between Christchurch and Alpine Horse Safaris are included at set times.

NOT INCLUDED International flights to Christchurch.

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Location

These trails start and finish at Waitohi Downs near Hawarden.


Weather & Climate

The weather in New Zealand can vary at any time of year, from sunny days to frosty nights with rain at any time. Be prepared for all weather conditions. October and May can even see snow falls.

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Guest Review

The best horse I have ridden, just right for me. Lawrie was fantastic, great knowledge and understanding of horses and the countryside.

Mick ,Berkshire


Explorer Trails Riding Specialist

Imogen says

You will be amazed by the horses and how they will tackle anything you put in front of them.

My Top Tip

Pack your snacks in the top of your saddle bag for easy access along the way.

Email: imogen@inthesaddle.com

Imogen Brown
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