Summertime is about to begin in New Zealand and we have been having some beautiful horse trekking weather. The two Gold Miners Pack Trails were ridden high in the Hunter Hills. Guests from Auzzi, Wellington, Auckland and Timaru enjoyed three days riding with picturesque views of golden rolling tussock out to the ocean.
See the latest Tripadvisor reviews to find out “straight from the horse’s mouth” what it is like to ride with us.
Q. What does it mean if you find a horseshoe? A. Some poor horse is walking around in his socks.
Due to popular demand and customer requests, we have added another Gold Miners Pack Trail, 4th 5th 6th February 2018, if you are interested please give us a ring (5 riders have booked before we have loaded this onto the web site.)
Georgina has given birth to a wee paint colt we have yet to name
Molly has given birth to Guinness 7 days ago
Rain and Rata are about to give birth any day.
Jack (our stallion) is romancing a pretty-little Lone Arrow filly who came to visit on Sunday. If you are looking for a quiet, gentle sire, Jack is ½ thoroughbred, ½ Shire. Full Sister Hannah and full Brother Wishbone are working hard in the riding string.
Calamity Jane, Kowhi and Cloud are back from maternity leave.
Have you heard that in Waihaorunga Valley they have outlawed round hay bales?
The horses weren’t getting a square meal out of it!!
Meeting our Customers:
In the last month we have travelled to Equiday’s at Mystery Creek, Hamilton (North Island), Christchurch Show in Addington, Christchurch (South Island) and tomorrow we leave for Equitana, Green Lane, Auckland (North Island) 23rd to 26th November 2017, Hall 2 stall 254 If you are at Equitana, please come in and have a chat, we have some amazing locations, dates and times that may just suit your calendar.
The Competition In partnership with Horse and Pony magazine to win a Lake Hawea and Hunter River ride for two people 6th to 11th January 2018 (worth $7000) finishes at the end of Equitana so you had better hurry if you haven’t yet entered. They will be at Equitana site 313 to enter.
News from the Crew:
Our head wrangler Tirzah has arrived all the way from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She is totally at home on a horse and is a certified wrangler. Great to have this wonderful cowgirl on board. She is enjoying the green grass and rolling hills which makes a change from the sage brush and mountains where she lives.
HelpX duo, Sarah and Jonas leave us on Wednesday. They have been feeding lambs, chickens, ducks and dogs. Sarah has been working with the horses riding each day and Jonas has painted the yards and dug the garden. We will miss these guys as they head off exploring the remainder of the South Island before heading North.
John is busy bringing the horses through into the riding and packing strings. Fencing and Angie is working on some new recipes for the coming season, so look out waist lines! If anyone has some great,” go too”, vegetarian, gluten free or allergy considerate recipes I would love to share them. I am a cook book collector and my latest acquisition has been, ”A Taste Of The Valley, from our family to yours” by Clutha Valley School, thanks to Cloe Gardner (a teacher at the school) It is full of good old, “Kiwi family go too recipes”
The Lake Hawea and Hunter River Ride starts on 15th to 20th December 2017, a great way to rid yourself of stress before Christmas (there are 4 saddles available on this trail) Our first trail of the New Year is 6th to 11th January 2018. With pick up and drop off in Queenstown you just need to arrange your flights and we will do everything for you. The trails thread through snow fed rivers and glacial lakes flanked by imposing mountain ranges. We have a rest day at Boundary Hut (if you so choose). If you are a fly fisher person, don’t forget that you will need to bring your fishing licence and rods must be thoroughly cleaned.
So… Don’t Just Dream It….. Ride It!
Aroha Adventure Horse Trekkers,
By Angie Leckey 16th of september 2017
We are busy getting ready for the coming season, cleaning tack, tidying the stables, painting fences and gardening. The horses are still on their Winter break for another week, we will be mustering them on 24th Sept 2017.
It is spring in New Zealand and the brood mares are getting ready to foal as a result there are some very round tummies in the paddock. This is an exciting time for us as the next generation of our herd family are born. Many people believe that there is no connection once a mare weans a foal. This is certainly not true as Brothers and Sisters race to meet their siblings and Mums. Meet the horses on my blog
In partnership with Horse and Pony magazine we are once again running a competition. This year, to win a Lake Hawea and Hunter River ride for two people 6th to 11th January 2018. Details will be announced in the October edition of the magazine so keep your eyes peeled.
Last year’s winners enjoyed a Musters Mountain Pack Trail. Seen here at 6000 feet above sea on the top of Old Man’s Peak.
Over the coming months we will be travelling to the North Island for Equiday s 13th to 15th October 2017 stall P26 Mystery Creek, Hamilton www.equidays.co.nz The Christchurch Show, 15th to 17th November 2017 www.theshow.co.nz Equitana Auckland, 23rd to 26th November 2017 www.equitanaakl.co.nz
There are some amazing programmes on at each of these venues. We would love to meet you, please call in to our stall for a chat. If you are considering booking a trail this is a good opportunity to talk to us about your requirements.
The Ultimate OE pack horse and equine training is booked for December 2017, January and March 2018. We are looking forward to meeting this year’s students. This is our seventh year training the Ultimate OE (overseas experience) students in preparation for their work as trail guides or guides in the hunting industry over in Canada. We so enjoy seeing the photos and hearing the wonderful stories as these young people follow their dreams.
Our head wrangler for the season is Tirzah, she is from the USA and has been working in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She is a certified wrangler who is completely at home in the saddle. During the 2016/2017 season our horses covered 2500 km through high mountain passes, snow fed rivers and glacial lakes. We are looking forward to another amazing season and especially, to taking our wonderful customers on incredible adventures through the South Island high country.
So… Don’t Just Dream It….. Ride It!
Fall in Love with our Horses
By Angie Leckey 1st of september 2017
Every one of us that are lucky enough to own a horse know that feeling of connection. The funny stories of a childhood around horses and ponies make us smile just thinking about them. The names still conjure up those memories good and sometimes not so good. Competing or hacking around the farm, hunting, endurance, racing or natural horsemanship whatever, we do beside horses they lift your spirits.
“When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have”
Adulthood and responsibilities chase us into city’s where there is no room for our horses. Some are lucky enough to keep them at Mum’s and Dad’s place, but riding time is limited leaving horses unfit and riders anxious. It is not just the initial cost of buying a horse but feeding, shoeing, vet fees, saddle, helmets, boots and riding gear that chases horse ownership into a pipe dream for so many.
Scientific studies are beginning to bring credence to the fact that horses can help stressed humans relax and they are utilising horses in therapy. There are some wonderful books detailing the successes of this work.
Looking through our photographs I thought you might like to meet our horses. This is just a few of our herd of 60 purpose bred for trekking in the South Island. I hope they bring a smile to your face and happiness to your heart.
Wishbone is a true Gentleman. He takes good care of his rider and loves to hang out at the back of the trail. Seen here with Wendy on the Twin Lakes Pack Trail
Hazel is a great walker she loves stepping out and digging in when the going gets tough out there in the mountains. Seen here with Karen on the Prospectors Dream Trail
Panda is a big strong Clydie X that we bought in. He is an awesome horse out front and a nice ride. He has slotted right into the herd and is third in command of the herd. Seen here with Tania on the Twin Lakes Pack Trail
Spanner is a wee pony with big horse attitude. She has been a full wire hunter goes in harness and has her own fan club. Out front at every opportunity. The oldest horse in our working
Breeze watching over Murray whilst he has a lunchtime snooze. Twin Lakes Pack Trail
Dude was well named because he is a cool dude. Following in the footsteps of his big Brother Ringo Star he works as a pack horse and a riding horse.
Seen here with his wee mate from Hunter Valley Station
Smokey is our tallest horse at 17 hands high gentle giant. His little Sister Cloud is joining the riding string this year. He loves to pose for photos with his rider. Seen here with Kim on the Twin Lakes Pack Trail
Hannah is Wishbones big Sister, she is ½ throughbred ½ Shire and the lead mare in our herd. Seen here high in the mountains with Carole on the Musters Mountain Pack Trail
Thistle is Thunders baby Sister, she is 15 hands high. A pack horse and a riding horse she has a soft gentle energy that makes people want to hug and kiss her where ever we are. Seen here on the Musters Mountain Pack Trail
Oak is 15.3 ClydieX He has a high wither and strong shoulders making him nice to ride and a great pack horse. A tough little horse who really digs in when the going gets tough on high peaks and stoney river beds. This horse knows how to work a trail.
Playboy is a horse that we brought into the string. We believe he is part gaited horse with a high head carriage. He has a wonderful speedy walk. The trail boss often rides him as he is such a fast walker, the wranglers love riding him.
Being a pack horse is in the blood for Hank the Tank, Sister Calamity Jane and little Brother Walter.
This season baby brother Hector will also joint them on the trails. It’s a family affair for these hard working horses.
Ringo Star was born to ride, he is a gentle giant who takes such care of his rider. He is second in command of the herd working as a pack horse and a riding horse. Seen here with Brian at 6000 feet above sea on the Musters Mountain Pack Trail.
Tussock is ¼ Appaloosa, ¼ Percheron 17 hands high, this season he and Sister Flaxon moved into the string
What do you call a scarey femle horse? A nightmare!
This season our horses covered approximately 2,500 Km’s on the trails. I think you will agree, they earned the right to enjoy a lovely roll in the grass and a joke at the waterhole!
By Angie Leckey 3rd of august 2017
Winter feed out is the most important time of the day. The ground is now frozen so the morning hay fills everyone's tummies. Horses and Hereford cows run to the tractor as it's a first come first serve basis. Cleo likes to keep an eye on everything.
British and Irish Lions V All Blacks
By Angie Leckey 10th of july 2017
John, Hank the Tank and Cloud are supporting the AB's
Thistle knows her name represents Scotland and she is shouting for the Lions
Flaxon taught her Son Major to look at the AB's and show dedication to everything you put your heart to.
Thunder remembers time with his Dad Supreme who taught him its, "Black" all the way when they are in the paddock Boy
Breeze, Shinook, Bently and Drover are sending best wishes to both teams
The herd is divided in the paddock tonight as the whole of New Zealand awaits the start of the match www.allblacks.com
Thunder and his Dad Supreme think its Black all the way. Good luck to both teams but being New Zealand born our herd is a wee bit bias towards the All Blacks!
So, may the best team on the paddock win!
Adventure Horse Trekking at Wanaka A&P show
By Angie Leckey 09 march 2017
We are at the Wanaka A&P show G10 come see us our new calendar is out at the end of this month. Some new trails some old trails all in 100% pure New Zealand wilderness.
We have up graded our facilities with a Patriot camper which is equipt with gas showers electricity for hair dryers solar powered Let the stress of modern life blow away in the cool mountain air...
Don't just dream it... Ride it!
Hollywood filming in the Wanaka and Lake Hawea areas!
Adventure Horse Trekking NZ are the only horse trekking company to travel through these destinations. If you want to experience this incredible place without spoiling the environment the best way to do that is on horsesback.
We have a few saddles available on our incredible #Twin Lakes Pack Trail4th to 12th April and 22nd to 30th April 2017. This unique trail travels around both Wanaka and Hawea Lakes, see first hand what the stars have been raving about.
Don't just dream it... Ride it!
NEWS LETTER NOVEMBER 2016
By Angie Leckey 16 november 2016
Kia ora koutou katoa/ Greetings to you all from Adventure Horse Trekking NZ Ltd,
Earth Quakes -Here in New Zealand our hearts go out to the people of Kaikoura and surrounding areas that have been affected by the 7.5 magnitude Earthquake that shook their region on 14/11/16. New Zealand has a small population and we have friends & loved ones who live in those affected areas. Kiwis are a resilient people and we will all band together as a country to support them through this time. Kia Kaha
Our area and those that trails run though have thankfully, remained unaffected by this situation. The area is 4.5 hours away from our home base and 6 hours from Wanaka. For customers who are travelling down from the North Island, please check with AA road information as your route may have to be re directed to the inland routes. This may take a little longer than previously planned.
Our 2016/2017 season begins 4th December 2016 with a Twin Lakes Pack Trail. This is one of our most beautiful trails. Relaxing and picturesque the trail includes a unique trip on the Minaret barge across Lake Wanaka with the horses. Our Web site contains a number of customer videos for you’re to enjoy a sneak preview of the sites.
High Country Man -This season we are lucky to have secured Norman Sinclair as our driver on the trails. Norm is famous in the High Country for his art and music. http://www.normansinclair.co.nz/Home He has a deep love for the central Otago region having worked here for many years as a cook on musters, gaining unique access which is reflected in his beautiful paintings. His music and laughter fill the nights with joy.
New Beginnings -The last month has seen three foals born to our herd Lucky, Koru and Stranger. Foals live with both parents until they are weaned. We believe this is what makes our horse’s contented and quiet living in a family group as nature intended.
Home Base -In addition to our longer trails, this year we have a permanent trekking string based at Mount Studholme. Our wrangler Leana has been living and working in Australia for the last two years experiencing Auzi musters and farm life. She is looking forward to a busy season.
Glam Trekking - we have personalised trails available for those who want the 100% Kiwi experience with a little more comfort. Please give us a ring.
If you are interested in horse trekking, for multi days to a few hours, please do not hesitate to contact us here on: (0064) 03 689 2838
don’t just dream it ... Ride it!
Winter finally arrived ...
By Angie Leckey 07 Aug 2016
Cleo is thinking about taking up Curling as the pond is frozen solid. The horses were pleased to see us when we took out a bale of balage to fill their tummies.
We made it again!
By Angie Leckey 22 July 2016
Hi Adventure Horse Trekkers! well we made it through to the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce Business awards as finalists again this year! If you would like to vote for us in the peoples choice awards, please follow the link below.
Our thanks to all our wonderful customers, land owners, wranglers, family (horses, dogs and humans) that have made our business such an amazing sucess!
If you know anyone who doesnt have facebook but would like to vote, they just have to follow this link..
Horse Trekking and Packing the Old Pioneering way
By Angie Leckey 13 Jan 2016
What an awesome couple of days we have had at Mount Studholme! Students bound for Canada's fair shores learning the traditional methods of travel and packing of goods on horse back. Camping at the old, "Gold Miners" www.adventurehorsetrekking.co.nz/…/rides/gold-miners… camp site and sleeping under the stars.
The weather changed from unbearably hot yesterday to a Southerly change' which brought 15mm of rain, just getting them ready for the snowey climate they are heading for. Riders have learned so much and we wish them all the luck in the world for their Ultimate OE! www.ultimateoe.co.nz
Ultimate OE week has come around again
By Angie Leckey 10 Jan 2016
This week we are hosting the students from Ultimate OE www.ultimateoe.co.nz the students come from all over New Zealand to have time riding, handling and learning how to load a a pack horse and tie a diamond hitch. These Kiwis are heading for Canada to become hunting guides and wranglers on horse ranches. Its been a busy day getting to know the horses and for some first time riding.
Tommorrow they will be riding out to the Goldminers camp www.adventurehorsetrekking.co.nz/…/rides/gold-miners… where they will enjoy swimming the horses in the river and a barby by the riverside, over nighting in the big Canadian tent. Beautiful weather here in Waihaorunga at Adventure Horse Trekking NZ Ltd
Don't Just Dream it..... Ride it!
By Angie Leckey 15 Dec 2015
Time to ride home after a wonderful three days horse trekking, deep in the heart of the Central Otago Mountain ranges, South Island, New Zealand. After a wonderful nights rest at the Constables Cottage & jail house leaving St. Bathan's township behind the crew from Adventure Horse Trekking NZ head home.
Two days riding ahead and a Southerly wind chills the air, promising snow capped mountains on tomorrows trail. Trail Boss John Wall riding Playboy, Wrangler's Ronja/ Oak, Nora/ Smoke and Brian Ponsonby on Hannah gather up the now riderless horses for the journey home. If you want to experience the real 100% pure NZ then there is no better way than traveling the old pioneering routes on horseback at a gentle pace.
Leave the stress of modern life behind, Don't Just Dream it..... Ride it!
Three Christmases ago John and I decided to construct a wild life pond here at Mount Studholme. We wanted to encourage the frogs, birds and wildlife to share our home. Our business is so interdependent with nature we wanted to give something back. We are lucky enough to share time in the mountains, rivers and steams that are the life blood of the magnificent South Island, New Zealand. Over the three years we have trailed a succession of plants some have been successful others failed.
Cleo the Labrador thinks it is her private baths! However, this year she is sharing the pond with the paradise ducks who have decided it is an excellent home to raise their family. A stray heron has also called in making one heck of a racket each morning as it arrives to do some fishing. The frogs sing away all night long and we have a sky filled with dragonflies swirling on the wind.
Just sitting beside the pond makes you feel relaxed although when Cleo does one of her splendid body slams into the water the ducks do look like surfers on the Gold Coast!
All Blacks winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup
By Angie Leckey 30 Oct 2015
Here at Adventure Horse Trekking NZ Ltd we were busy celebrating the All Blacks winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup. In the foaling paddock our herd were celebrating in their own way, as Jane gave birth to a beautiful wee foal. What have we named him? Well, he is going to be a tall imposing handsome man who we hope will lead the trails. Born not too far from where the legendary Ritchie McCaw grew up, "all black" with a white blaze. The choice was simple, "McCaw". Welcome to the world wee man, you have big "horse" shoes to fill!