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Lake Hawea and Hunter River Trail Ride

"With stunning views of Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka, Mount Aspiring and the beautiful Hunter Valley"
Dates Length of Stay Number of Riders  
15/16/17/18/19/20th December 2017 5 days riding – 5 nights’ accommodation 6 to 10 riders

  6 saddles left  

6/7/8/9/10/11th January 2018 5 days riding – 5 nights’ accommodation 6 to 10 riders

  8 saddles left  

30/31st March 1/2/3/4th April 2018
EASTER HOLIDAYS
5 days riding – 5 nights’ accommodation 6 to 10 riders

Arrival on first day –1:30pm start – 2.5 hours riding we meet to begin our adventure at Hunter Valley shearer’s quarters. You will be introduced to your horse and we will set out to enjoy and afternoons ride beside the picturesque lake Hawea. This is to ensure that we have a happy relationship between horse and rider. Returning to the shearer’s quarters for our evening meal and overnight stay. The quarters enjoy hot showers, flushing toilets, TV room and electricity with comfy beds. The deck looks out of the picturesque lake and old rustic farm buildings. This is a great opportunity to get to know one another before our adventure begins. There are some nice walks around the lake if you so desire after dinner or you could just enjoy a wine sitting on the deck soaking up the view. There is an opportunity to chat to those who live and work on Hunter Valley station

Riding day 2 - 5 hours riding

Packing our saddle bags after a lovely home cooked breakfast, we say goodbye to Hunter Valley Station. Today we ride through native Beech forests and water falls. Travelling alongside this imposingly beautiful lake side we head towards Hunter Valley Boundary Hut. Today we will see Hereford cattle and Merino sheep roaming freely. There will be plenty of opportunities to trot and canter today. We will stop along the way for photo opportunities. The Boundary Hut has a long drop toilet, 10 bunks in two separate bunkrooms, solar lighting and a wonderful horse paddock with stables and tack room. The hut enjoys spectacular views of the Hunter Valley and delightful sense of isolation. We will enjoy nibbles and dinner on the expansive decking enjoying a mountain backdrop. There is an opportunity to sleep out under the stars tonight if you so wish.

Riding day 3 – 9:30am start – 6 hours riding

  • Here riders can either enjoy a rest day at Boundary Hut or ride into the magnificent Hunter Valley
  • This is one of New Zealand’s best fly fishing rivers, those fly fisher people amongst us may wish to spend the day out on the river

After we enjoy a hearty breakfast and pack our lunches we saddle up and ride deep into the Hunter Valley. This trail meanders through an ice blue glacial river flanked by magnificent mountain ranges. Riders can enjoy seeing trout playing in the river or rare New Zealand Falcons flying high overhead. This is a ride you will not forget for a long time as the incredible isolation and beauty is overwhelming. There are plenty of opportunities for trotting and cantering if people so desire. Returning to the Boundary hut for the evening we enjoy wine and nibbles before dinner on the deck. There is an opportunity to sleep out under the stars here if you so desire. There is no electricity in this hut but we do enjoy solar panel lighting.

Riding day 4 – 9:30am – 6 hours riding

Tummies full of breakfast, tucker boxes packed we head out to cross the crystal clear Hunter river into the Dingleburn station. We will spend the day feeling as though we are riding in a postcard as the views throughout the day are spectacular and day dreamy. Normally, at this time of year the lake acts as a mirror, reflecting the stunning views. We will be looking back across the lake at Hunter Valley Station and Lake Hawea that we rode around the previously. Today there will be opportunities to trot and canter at various times. Our accommodation for the evening is the Dingleburn shearers quarters, located in an amazing setting. Here we have hot showers flushing toilets, electricity from the station generator and a wonderful cookhouse where we will enjoy a farm cooked meal and relaxing evening.

Riding day 5– 11:30am start – 4 hours riding we enjoy a relaxing morning with a 10am brunch in the cookhouse. Saddle up and head for the Hawea Hotel. We ride along the Dingleburn track; you will be amazed at the pioneering Kiwi ingenuity that constructed this access way into such a stunning and remote station. We will pass the waterfall that provides the hydro power for the station. This is a wonderful picturesque gentle days riding to end our adventure. Keep the camera handy. We leave the horses in the Dingleburn Cattle yards for the night. The horses will enjoy a good night on the hay whilst we will be transported to the Hawea Hotel for our nights’ accommodation and evening meal. This Hotel overlooks Lake Hawea and we can enjoy the luxury of dinner looking out over the lake. Dinner is a set menu (you will need to bring your wallet for alcohol which is not included)

Day 6 – Breakfast is provided and then you will make your way home. Transportation to Queenstown airport is provided.

Cost per rider $ 3,624.00

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
  • We transport our horses to the very best private land in the South Island that we can find
  • Personal gear will be transported between huts by 4 wheel drive
  • We source local farm fresh produce to maintain a low carbon footprint
  • Suitable for people with good riding ability and good levels of fitness as this trail is designed with walking, trotting and cantering in mind
  • Includes transfers from Queenstown airport and return to Queenstown Airport (this is subject to traveling on set dates to meet rides)

Impressions

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Client Equipment Check List

Equipment Required

Sleeping Bag suited to mountain terrain
Warm woollen/ merino clothing/ Thermal underwear (including long Johns)
Warm Hat/gloves/warm socks/ scarf
2 changes of clothes for riding/ PJ’s
Suitable foot ware for riding and walking
Light foot ware to wear in the huts
Sun glasses/ sun hat/ sun screen
Wet weather gear
Toiletries / chap stick/ Insect Repellent/ hand sanitizer/ wet wipes/ Towel
Water bottle/ small flask
Hot water bottle if you feel the cold at night
Ear plugs
Small torch/ head torch
Set of togs for swimming (in summer time)
Panadol or equiv. (if you think you will require this)
Chocolate (or other sweeties you can’t resist)

Important information to note:

Please let us know of any medical conditions that may affect your ability to enjoy the trek
Please notify us of any special dietary requirements/ food allergies
We need to know an honest assessment of your height, weight, level of fitness, age and riding ability if any. This is to enable us to match you with the correct horse
Much of the time we will be outside cell phone coverage
Toilets can at times be very basic, long drops etc.
Most back huts do not have electricity or WiFi
A kitbag will be issued to you on your arrival, this is for your belongings, 3 changes of clothes, sleeping bag, toiletries, hut foot ware, towel etc. It would be appreciated if your pack could be as close to 9kg as possible as this makes it easier when loading the pack horse. You will also be given saddle bags where you will carry your lunch, water bottles, thermos flask, camera, gloves, woollen hat, scarf, sunscreen, sunglasses and any medication that you may require.
See our video on www.youtube.com , that explains what to bring.
Oil skin wet weather coats will be provided for all riders and these will be tied onto your saddle.
We will recommend you wear a riding hat
Please remember to bring enough medication for the duration as we will have limited ability to source additional items once the trek starts

Sleeping Bags can be provided but we need 2 weeks prior notice.