Magnificent Mountains, Lovely Lake and Star Ladened Skies

Adventure on horseback with friends, family or travel alone and leave with a whole new group of friends.

The Lake Ohau Quarters is a splendid location nestled on the banks of Lake Ohau located in the Aoraki Mackenzie international dark sky reserve.

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

History of this location

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

Cost per rider NZ 2,600.00

Trail Details

  • 3 days/ 3 nights accommodation
  • Riders with good Levels of fitness
  • Available from Queenstown (T & C’s Apply)

Upcoming Dates

  • 12 – 17 January 2024 – 11 saddles available only 1 saddle left
  • 14 – 17 April 2024 – 11 saddles available new dates due to popular demand


Riding Day 1

Hello Lake Ohau goodbye heart5 hours riding 

You probably need to be in Queenstown the night before the trail as this is an early pickup 9:30am>10am


Your Boutique Horseback Holiday begins at the station woolshed @ 12:30> 1pm.

Here we have lunch together and you meet your adventure horse team mate and guides.

Arrive in your riding clothes, horses are saddled and we are ready for an afternoons ride exploring this stunning location.

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

Snuggle by the beautiful open fire and share the tails of the days trails with the other guests.

Riding Day 2

Explore that Mountain Valley6 hours riding 

Today we are exploring the Huxley valley that threads through the foot of the mountains.

It is a day to keep your camera at the ready as we meander along the ice blue glacial river that rushes from the mountain peaks.

Native beech trees line our route and the native birds put on a show that feels like its just for us.

Soak up star filled evening in the hot tub over looking Lake Ohau. Let us prepare you a beautiful dinner as you chat about your day on horseback.

Riding Day 3

Lets ride into Natures Temple6 hours riding 

Today we are exploring the breathtaking Temple valley , weaving our way through ancient beech forests. Papatuanuku “Mother Earth” is so majestic as she paints her landscapes of dappled green, greys, ice blues.

Often as we begin our ride, mist hands on the mountain peaks and it is like riding into “Lord of the Rings” movie set.

There is so much to share, although we have only been away for three days, it feels like we have been in our own horse bubble of adventure.

Enjoy our final evening, singing around the open fire or quietly soaking in the hot tub. Laughter always rings out in this fabulous location.

Cloudy in the Mountains

Day 4

Enjoy a relaxing morning: watching the sunrise and after a full breakfast we say our goodbyes to Lake Ohau.

Mike our wonderful taxi driver, picks us up at 9:30am and returns us to Queenstown by 12:30pm > 1pm

May the magic and the memories of the mountains always and ever in your heart

Angie Leckey AHT NZ

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