Designed for horseback riders who wish to explore the true 100% NZ South Island. Glen Lyon Station is nestled on the banks of Lake Ohau.

History of this location

For Maori, during seasonal excursions to Lake Ohau they would harvest a great range of roots, birds and eels.

Lake Ohau Station was first farmed in 1857 by European settlers.

Note: This land is called “high country” because it is located at 550m up to 2100m above sea level. The station is 8322 hectares and runs around 5000 merino sheep and Angus cattle.

Star Gazing– Lake Ohau is within the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky International Reserve

Fishing: Lake Ōhau is well known for its brown trout and rainbow trout fishing.

Do not forget your camera with spare batteries as this location is outstandingly beautiful. Enjoy stunning views of Lake Ohau,“Aorangi” Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain

Digital Detox: A wonderful location to immerse yourself in Papatuanuku “Mother Earth” and recharge your batteries.

Cost per rider NZ 4,440.00

Trail Details

  • 6 days riding/ 6 nights accommodation
  • Riders with good levels of fitness
  • from Queenstown(T & C’s Apply)
  • Dates yet to be arranged.


Riding Day 1

2 hours riding

Riders need to be in Queenstown the night before the trail to ensure that there are no holdups arriving at the trail

Pick up 9am >9:30am is in Queenstown either airport or Hotels 


Please note: If you are considering driving yourself please contact us as we can let you know where to park and how to get to the start of the trail

Kia Ora, Welcome to iconic Glen Lyon Station

Your Boutique Horseback Holiday begins at the station shearers quarters 12:30pm.

We enjoy a light lunch, change into horse riding clothes, horses are saddled and we are ready for an afternoons ride exploring this stunning location.

Here you meet your adventure horse team mate and guides.

This is to ensure that we have a happy relationship between horse and rider.

Iconic Glen Lyon Station

Riding Day 2

5 hours riding

Valley Views and River Riding

Time to ride that horse into historic Kiwi landscapes.

We leave Glen Lyon station following the beautiful braided river we head into the valley as 100’s of musterers’ have done before us.
As we ride the mountains appear to move closer the deeper we head into the valley.

Our evening’s accommodation is a 12 bunk Musterer’s Hut with long drop toilet; we also carry tents for those who wish to have more privacy.

We are located in the heart of the mountains beside a beautiful braided river.

The star laden skies of this light conservation area are awe inspiring for those of us who love star gazing.

Enjoy the peace of a digital detox, farm fresh food cooked over an open fire this evening.

Soak up the energy of this magical mountain filled paradise.

Iconic Glen Lyon Station

Riding Day 3

3 hours riding


6 hours riding

Ride that river and catch a falling star

Today we are heading away from civilization, deep into the valley with mountains flanking our trail. Your camera will be exhausted today.

Our destination for this evening is a 6 bunk musterer’s hut in the most stunning location. Tents will be provided as additional accommodation. This is a quaint hut in the most incredible setting.

There is a shower available and long drop toilet.

For those who wish we can enjoy a lovely swim in the river.

We enjoy lunch at the hut on our arrival we will unpack the pack horses

We have two options on arrival at the hut.

For those who wish to enjoy relaxing at the hut you can do so

For those who wish to continue riding, we saddle up and head deep into the heart of the NZ southern alps for a further 3 hours ride. We return to the hut for dinner and overnights accommodation

Iconic Glen Lyon Station

Riding Day 4

Relax and sink into the beauty of this location _ 3 hours riding

This morning we enjoy a relaxing start to the day giving riders time to explore this beautiful location while our staff loads up the pack horses.

A gentle days ride along the south side of the Dobson river heading back to the station hut.

Relax and enjoy a hearty Musterers’ Meal cooked on
the open fire at the hut in this magnificent environment soak up the star laden skies.

Swim in the river or sit back read a book, spot wild deer or Tahr

Iconic Glen Lyon Station

Riding Day 5

Feel the history of this iconic location5 hours riding 

Today we are riding back to the Glen Lyon shearers quarters.

The views are so spectacular as we follow in the historic footsteps of shepherds that have ridden this trail before us for over a hundred years.

We enjoy a hearty farm cook meal together with a chance to meet and chat to the owners of the station. The Wigley family where one of the first to encourage tourism in the Aoraki “Mount Cook” area.

Iconic Glen Lyon Station

Riding Day 6

6 1/2 hours riding

The early rider catches the sunrise

Today we have an early start as we enjoy breakfast, pack our lunches and say goodbye to Glen Lyon station.

We are riding beside the magnificent Lake Ohau with the mountains reflected in the clear blue  lake.

We make our way onto Flanagan’s pass 1225m above sea, with incredible views up the Dobson and Hopkins Valleys. From our vantage point we stare straight over at Lake Ohau Station.

Once we reach the top of the pass we look out over Lake Pukaki and up into the Tasman Valley

We will stop several times for photo opportunities so that you don’t miss a moments magic.

Our accommodation for the evening is Mackenzie Country Hotel where we enjoy soft beds, hot showers, dinner and relaxing in the bar.

Iconic Glen Lyon Station

Day 7

Home is where the heart isand if your heart is in the mountains

Mackenzie country hotel is well located to explore Twizel township.

Our taxi picks riders up at 9:30am, returning to Queenstown by 12:30 > 1pm.

“May the magic of the mountains and the love of horses stay forever in your heart”

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