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
|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)
Dez 2016 – Andreas Baumann