Gold Miners Trail
Suitable for people with good levels of fitness
|Dates||Length of Stay||Number of Riders|
|4/5/6th February 2017
New date release due to popular demand
|3 days riding
2 nights’ accommodation
|6 to 8 riders||
4 saddles left
Arrival on first day – 9.30am – 6 hours riding
we leave Mt. Studholme homestead lunchboxes packed and ride through the forest and out on to the Old Kaiwarua Coach Road. Following the pioneers footsteps, we descend down into the river valley to enjoy a picnic by the crystal clear Waihao River. After lunch we continue the ride upstream through the river, then rising up the track to top of Mount Studholme 1100 feet above sea level. Here on a good day you can see as far as the Waitaki River to the South to Banks Peninsular to the North. Following the main ridge along the top of the picturesque Hunter Hills the horses thread their way through golden tussocks. Berwyn’s back hut is our accommodation for the evening. On a clear day, you will enjoy outstanding views over Canterbury from the deck as you sit among the clouds. This is a beautiful, rustic hut with log burner and kitchen and an outdoor bath with a view of the stars. Sleeping areas are in the loft above the living room. Enjoy a hearty meal and a good night’s sleep.
Day 2 – 9:30am – 6>7 hours riding
after a farm breakfast we pack up our saddle bags and head back into the beautiful Hunter Hills. A trail of golden tussocks leads us down into a valley where you will see wallabies in the wild. The trail leads us back to the hidden gem, the beautiful Waihao River and into Kaiwarua Station. Our accommodation for the evening is the Kaiwarua Cottage overlooking the beautiful Hunter hills which you have just ridden through. Evening meal is a traditional Kiwi roast fitting in with this large sheep station.
Day 3 – 10:30am – 5 hours riding
Enjoy a lazy start to the day in this special place with a musters breakfast. We follow the Waihao River from Kaiwarua station through to the old historic woolshed for lunch. The unspoilt beauty of this river with its pure crystal clear water will enchant you and fill up your senses. Keep a sharp eye out for rare New Zealand falcons, wild deer, wild pigs and wallabies. We return to the Mount Studholme Homestead via the Old Kaiwarua Coach Road
Cost per rider $ 1,053
POINTS OF DIFFERENCE THAT SET THIS TRAIL APART FROM OTHER NEW ZEALAND PACK TRAILS:
- We are exclusively riding on private land through iconic high country stations. This allows us to experience the 100% pure unspoilt environment of New Zealand. Where you will enjoy dramatic scenery and complete isolation rarely found in these modern times.
- Small personalised groups
- Personal gear will be transported between huts by pack horse
- We source local farm fresh produce to maintain a low carbon footprint