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  • Ride Overview - High Country Horseback Ride
    • Adventure Ride
    • Premier Lodging
    • Rolling Countryside
    • Rugged Hills
    • Stationary

    An invigorating horseback riding vacation in northern New Zealand!  This remote 16,000 acre high-country property is steeped in New Zealand history.  A favored fishing and hunting ground for ancient Maori tribes, the region also provides incredible riding trails along crystal clear mountain streams which tumbles through towering beech tree forests and native ferns. In addition, you will ride across open alpine meadows of wild grasses. Expect to hear the song of native birds, see spectacular scenery, a variety of deer species, native birds and a combination of temperate and sub-alpine flora. The trails and the terrain are suitable for walking, trotting and cantering, even an exhilarating gallop over the rolling hills! Your lodging is a 5**** hunting lodge renown for outstanding traditional cuisine. If you choose to extend your stay, you will be able to dine under the stars and fall asleep to the sound of the cascading river at a comfortable luxury safari tent.  Non-riding activities include deer hunting, fly fishing, hiking and spa. This is a very special adventure on this horseback riding vacation!   RIDING IN NEW ZEALAND

    “I highly recommend especially for advanced riders looking for a world class experience with top horses.”   E.H.

     

  • Ride Itinerary - High Country Horseback Ride

    Day 1:
    You will explore the open hill country as you follow deer trails which cross valleys and creeks.  The views are amazing!

    Day 2:  
    Today, you will ride through the expansive 6,000 acre native Beech Forest. Cross to the next valley to our wilderness outpost. Fall asleep to the sound of the Morepork (native owl)

    Day 3:
    Cross the range to our luxury riverside Safari Camp, ride through native beech forest, take in the views of the Mohaka River from the highest vantage point.  Dine by the Mohaka River, and experience the sleep of a lifetime.

    If you choose the 4 day option.
    Day 4:
    Depart the Camp for The Dawn Ride including outdoor breakfast on the hill. Return to the Lodge for a well-earned massage or spa treatment Day 5   Ride the open country and visit the neighbors at milking time.

  • Ride Details - High Country Horseback Ride
    Dates: September – May
    Best Months to Ride: December to February. Springtime is September to November.
    Riding Days: 2 – 4
    Meeting Point: Taupo
    Riding Ability: NOVICE (3 night option only)  – INTERMEDIATE (all options): Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open country.
    Horses: New Zealand bred
    Group size: 2 – 10
    Saddles: English Saddles
    Non-riding Activities: deer hunting, fly fishing, hiking and spa
    Accommodation: 5***** hunting lodge, upscale safari tents
    Price: Mid Season – March to December:
    3 nights, 2 riding days  $1,995.00 per person, double occupancy
    4 night, 3 riding days  $2,755.00 per person, double occupancy
    5 night, 4 riding days  $3,900.00 per person, double occupancy
    High Season – December to March:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3 nights, 2 riding days  $2,565.00 per person, double occupancy
    4 night, 3 riding days  $3,360.00 per person, double occupancy
    5 night, 4 riding days  $4,475.00 per person, double occupancy
    Prices will fluctuate with the USD/NZ exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment. 
    THREE NIGHT PACKAGE  Includes: three nights share double/twin accommodation, , country breakfasts, picnic lunch, canapés, gourmet dinners, beverages except for wines, personal laundry service, two days riding.
    FOUR NIGHT PACKAGE Includes:  four nights share double/twin accommodation, country breakfasts, picnic lunch, canapés,  gourmet dinners, beverages except for wines,  same day personal laundry service, three days riding and a massage or spa treatment. Accommodation options include the Lodge and our luxury riverside Safari Camp.
    FIVE NIGHT PACKAGE Includes: five nights share double/twin accommodation, three at the Lodge, one at luxury riverside Safari Camp, one at Mountain Hut, dinners (including Hangi, traditional Maori method for cooking), country breakfasts, picnic lunches, beverages except for wine,  same day personal laundry service, four days riding and a massage or spa treatment.

    Not included: airfare, transfers to and from airport (around NZ$225 roundtrip per car)

    ANNUAL WEATHER:

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