All for the love of horses

Our day begins and ends with the horses, everything we do is for the love of the horses in our purpose bred herd.

“When you have been blessed by the companionship and loyalty of a horse, life’s most treasured gift has been bestowed upon you”

Manuka and John in the yards


Adventure Horse

Manuka is 1/4 Thoroughbred/1/4 Shire/ 1/4 Kaimanawa /1/4 Clydie

Whanau: Rata is his Mummy and Bella is his Nanny

Favorite Trail: Birchwood Station Boutique Trail

Manuka is honest and hardworking horse that loves to stride it out with pride. Just like his Mum and Nan he is dedicated to his job of keeping his rider safe. I am sure that he will quickly become a guest favorite like the rest of his whanau.

Manuka is named after our native tree, bees make the most divine honey from the flowers which has great medicinal properties.

Clever Wee Man: This little horse worked very hard to walk in his Mum and Nans footprints and joined the riding string in 2023. We are so very proud of him.

Hector notices everything on the trails


Adventure Horse

Hector is 1/2 Standard bred/Shire

Whanau: Hank the Tank and Walter are his brothers

Favorite Trail: Musterers Mountain Pack Trail

Hector is a horse who notices everything on the trail, he keeps his ears pricked high in the air and John loves riding him. Just like his brothers he is an honest hardworking horse that digs in when the going gets tough.

Hector loves a cuddle and if he is your team mate, cuddles at every opportunity are required.

Clever Wee Man: Hector is an invaluable member of our string as he works as a riding horse and a pack horse just like his big brothers Hank the Tank and Walter

Ell on Bespoke Ben Lomond


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Chinook is 1/2 Standard bred/Shire

Whanau: Breeze is her Mumma

Favorite Trail: Lake Hawea Hunter River Ride

How do you prepare to fall in love?

Just like her Mumma before her Chinook is a definite heart stealer.

She moved into the riding string this season and has made her mark on the riders hearts. Strong, honest and deeply kind she has worked on just about every trail we have. She loves the river crossings on the Lake Hawea Hunter River Ride with its cooling waters on a hot summers day.

Angie and Whiskey Ben Lomond horseback holiday


Adventure Horse

Whiskey is 1/2 Standard bred/Shire

Whanau: Thistle is his Mumma

Favorite Trail: Birchwood Station Boutique Trail

How do you describe someone keeps you safe when the going gets tough?

It is so hard to explain what they do because, they just go for it and leave you feeling so loved?

Whiskey is my (Angie) horse and we are always found at the back of the trail. We stop to take photos, he never bats an eye no matter how far ahead the others are. I sing my heart out and he never bothers a jot, in fact (I think he likes the songs!)

He is a lower ranking horse and in our horse hierarchy that means, he is happy to be at the back with me.

That doesn’t mean we don’t interact with the rest of the riders we have so much fun.

There is no need to rush through life when you are enjoying the views as much as we do together.

He is Character: Whiskey always makes me laugh. When the mist settles in the valleys over night and the wranglers are gathering the horses for the day, Whiskey can somehow disappear in to the mist, (like Harry Potter with his cloak of invisibility) Making sure he always gets the last wee mouthful of tucker before the day begins.

Clever Wee Man: Whiskey is an invaluable member of our string as he works as a riding horse and a pack horse just like his Mumma Thistle

Wishbone and Janet at 3000 feet


Adventure Horse

Wishbone is 1/2 Thoroughbred/ 1/2 Shire

Whanau: Hannah is his big Sister

Favorite Trail: Lake Hawea Hunter River Ride

How do you describe someone that is always faithful and kind?

It is so hard to explain what they do because, they just do it without any fuss or ticket parade hey?

They are the most wonderful team members with their steady unselfish giving.

Wishbones character:

As a partner you would be so blessed because they would always be thinking of your needs and giving unconditionally.

For our team, this is Wishbone a handsome safe and steady pair of hands quietly making dreams come true.

Usually found at the back of the trail as there is no need to rush through life when you are enjoying the views.

Introducing Micky the Adventure Horse works in horseback riding holidays NZ South Island


Adventure Horse

Mikki Is bred in the North Island, has wonderful jumping lines

Whanau: our whole team adopted him

Favorite Trail: Bespoke Ben Lomond Luxury Trail

Mikki is a complete character who wins your heart at the blink of his sparkly eyes.

He loves apples so watch your lunchbox

Always playing the clown in the paddock with other horses, nipping bottoms to get them to chase him.

As a team mate, Mick is everything you could as for as he strides it out making mountains look like molehills.

If you team up with Mick be prepared to lead the trail as he loves to be out front searching out the trails.


Adventure Horse

Tussock: At 17 hands high Tussock is one of our tallest horses in the string. 1/2 Appaloosa 1/2 Shire who is forward moving.

Whanau: His best mate is Mikki and they make an impressive site together.

Mum is Spice Johns ex hunter.

Favorite Trail: Lakes 2 Mountains

As a team mate Tussock is a big gentle giant who takes good care of his rider.

Suitable for athletic taller riders he has feet like dinner plates.

Loves crossing big deep rivers, you can certainly see the Shire and Percheron in this big horse.

Total heart stealer

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Adventure Horse

Gypsy: is 17 1/2 hands high and the tallest of our mares

Whanau: Breeze’s granddaughter

Favorite Trail: Lake Hawea Hunter River Ride

As a team mate, Gypsy will follow you around the paddock.

Everything looks tiny when you rider her

She is a soft and gentle mare who loves to get the job done.

Suited to established riders who love a forward going horse.

Kowhai adventure horse


Adventure Horse

Kowhai is 1/2 Shire 1/2 standard bred

Whanau: Son Kauri

Favorite Trail: Lake Hawea Hunter River Ride

Kowhai is named after a beautiful New Zealand native tree.

She is a kind and gentle mare who takes wonderful care of her rider.

Her quiet demeanor and can do attitude gives her rider so much confidence to just be and let Kowhai take the lead..

Summiting a mountain on horseback


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Walter is 1/2 Shire 1/2 standard bred

Whanau: Hank the Tank and Hector

Favorite Trail: Musterers’ Mountain Pack Trail

How would you best describe sharing time with your best friend?

Walter works so hard, he is honest, kind and although not as tall as his Brother Hank the Tank he still munches into those mountains.

Set your heart on lets go mode, dreams are waiting.

Clever Wee Man: Walter is an invaluable member of our team as he works as a pack horse and in the riding string, what a champion.


Adventure Horse

Hannah is 1/2 Thoroughbred 1/2 Shire

Whanau: Wishbone is her little Brother

Favorite Trail: Lake Ohau Luxury Trail

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Hannah is our lead mare,

An absolute guest favorite.

She is dedicated to her riders and takes care of ably challenged riders.

Soft gentle energy but very determined to get the job done.

We are excited to say that Hannah is having a few years off and is now expecting a wee foal in the spring of 2024.

Breeze and Karen MMPT


Adventure Horse

Breeze is 1/2 shire 1/2 standardbred and looks very like her Daddy Supreme

Whanau: Daughter, Chinook Niece, Gypsy

Favourite Trail: Musterers Mountain Pack Trail

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Breeze makes you feel so safe when you rider her.

She is strong, determined and the other horses totally respect her authority within the herd.

As a rider you can be anywhere in the lineup and Breeze is happy but don’t let those young horses try to pass her.

A wonderful surefooted, forward moving mare.

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Ringo Star

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Ringo Star is 1/2 Shire 1/2 standard bred

Whanau: Little brother Dude

Favorite Trail: Iconic Glen Lyon pack Trail

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This big hansom horse takes care of all types of riders.

He is especially wonderful with novices or guests who may not be as agile getting on and off as he is extremely patient and kind.

Named after Angies’ favorite Beatle Ringo Star


Adventure Horse

Thistle is: 1/2 Shire 1/2 standardbred

Whanau: Brother: The late Thunder Son: Whiskey

Favorite Trail: Lake Hawea Hunter River Ride

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Thistle is very beautiful inside and out. Her flowing shire mane and tail makes this little horse stand out in a crowd.

She has the ability to weave a spell of love over her riders with her honest way and gentle kindness. A guest favorite.

She works so hard to make her riders dreams come true.


Adventure Horse

Dude is 1/2 shire 1/2 Standardbred

Whanau: Ringo Star

Favorite Trail: Lakes 2 Mountains

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Dude is one of those horses that only come along once in a lifetime.

He is kind, gentle and so loving.

His job is to take care of our ably challenged and those returning to riding or novices.

That’s not to say Dude isn’t a heck of a horse to ride even if you are an expert.

As a team mate he is totally committed to keeping you safe and ensure that every step you both take, makes your dreams come true.

Panda and Suzie lead the way

Panda has now retired

Adventure Horse

Panda is a 1/2 Clydie

Whanau: We have adopted Panda into our whanau

Favorite trail: Birchwood Station Boutique Trail

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Panda is a we got this kinda guy

He heads out front with the pack horses and stays there all day long.

Kind and gentle he loves baby sitting foals while Mums are away working for the day

Panda has swapped his trekking career to become a one woman horse and has moved to Central Otago to live with a wonderful new Mum. We are told he is absolutely loving his new path.

Thank you Panda you worked so hard for us on the trails and we will miss you big guy xx

Bella the Kiamanawa (new Zealands wild horse


Adventure Horse

Bella is a wee power horse 1/2 Clydie 1/2 Kiamanawa “New Zealand’s wild horse

Whanau: Daughter, Rata Grandson, Manuka

Favorite Trail: Lake Ohau Luxury Trail

Bella came to our herd from the North Island with a foal at foot. Her owners where moving house and had no land to keep her, they wanted to know she and the foal would be loved.

She is a wee pocket rocket and carries the smaller riders on our trails. Great if you want to bring the kids along to share time with you on these trails.

Bella has become a matriarch within our herd and an invaluable member of the riding string, we adore her.

Bella is a lovely character

Don’t think Bell is going to be at the back. no way, she is in love with Mikki and they both head out front to lead the trail.

Last season she shared the trail with 10 y/o Ella whose dream it was to ride high in the saddle on an amazing adventure. Ella and her Mum Aimee rode the Birchwood Station Boutique Trail together. What an amazing bond there was between the two of them as they conquered the mountains, rivers and tussock laden valleys.


Adventure Horse

Cloudy 1/2 Shire 1/2 Percheron

Whanau: Sister to the Late Smokie, Daughter: Sky

Favorite Trail: Prospectors Dream Trail

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Cloudy was an orphaned at 3 days old.

She absolutely loves the high mountain peaks and the views staring openly at the mountain tops.

If you team up with Cloud you have an adventure horse who takes amazing care of you. She has a personality of her own.

She adores people doing yoga and has been known to join her rider doing stretches before a trail.

Hank the Tank

Adventure Horse

Hank the Tank is 1/2 Shire, 1/2 Standard bred

Whanau: Brothers, Walter and Hector

Sister, Clamity Jane

Favorite Trail: Lakes 2 Mountains

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Hank the Tank is the kinda horse, if he were a man you would marry him.

He is so loyal, kind, generous with his kisses and ever and always, out front leading the way.

You can go on a trail with Hank once and he will show you the way home without hesitation he is always right.

Suited to riders who have experience and a quiet gentle nature, Hank is a beautiful soul.

Had a wonderful 5 days trekking Lake Hawea, Hunter Valley with Adventure Trekking. Angie and John are great hosts and work very hard to ensure we all have a great experience. The food, the scenery, horses and accommodation are all super, thank you.
Lynette Bibby
Lynette Bibby
I loved every minute of the four days I spent with John & Ange, an awesome group of like-minded riders, and their beautiful heard of horses, (and Tui the dog of course!). On the Birchwood Station trek we explored beautiful countryside and ate delicious meals, all prepared by Ange. I was very sad to leave but I am already planning my next trek - I'm hooked!
Heather Rogers
Heather Rogers
What an incredible adventure completing the Musterers Pack Trail from St Bathans to the Ahuriri Valley. We waded through rivers, crossed shingle slides, scaled mountains, stayed in back country huts and experienced a range of weather, all of which added to the journey. John our guide was amazing, a great host and an exceptional horseman. The horses were all stunning, obviously so well loved and cared for. Angie prepared delicious food for us to cook up in the huts and made us wonderful meals before and after our trek. I could not recommend this company enough if you want to experience an authentic horse trek in Central Otago.
B & W Jaggard
B & W Jaggard
Feel so privileged to be able to experience the NZ backcountry on horse-back. The horses are purpose bred, know their job and give you confidence to enjoy the scenery and this incredible experience. Wonderful hosts, stories and evening laughs. Loved it!!
R Bonetti
R Bonetti
This trek exceeded all of our expectations. John and Angie are fantastic and their helpers, Natalie and Suzie where awesome. Our horses, Tussock and Chanook where so good and matched well to our riding capabilities. This is an immersive experience and we loved how we could be involved with as much as we wanted to, such as catching horses, helping with saddles, as well as helping in the huts. The scenery and experience was exceptional and I would recommend Adventure Horse Trekking to anyone who wants an authentic South Island horse trekking experience. Thank you for such good memories. Craig and Chris McCulloch
Craig McCulloch
Craig McCulloch
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Naeif Khan
Naeif Khan
A real adventure for sure! One of the best ways to see NZ off the beaten track. Beautiful scenery, wonderful well trained horses, excellent hosts, great food, spending time with like minded people. Highly recommended and an adventure you will never forget
Christine Grieve
Christine Grieve
Expect the unexpected! Exceptional value for money. Our family group was part of a larger group riding the Birchwood 3 day boutique trail. Everyone had their individual needs meet with care and precision. Think varied days on horse back, well cared for and loved horses, great food, great beds with lovely clean linen, entertainment in the evenings and friendly smiles all the while. What more could you ask for!!
Michelle Bleeker
Michelle Bleeker
Sensational trek at Birchwood Station. Horses, scenery and organisation were superb. Adventure Horse Trekking deserve the highest praise for matching a beautiful team of horses with their respective riders. Highly recommend this adventure.
Anne Grady
Anne Grady

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