RAKIURA RIDES is located at Otatara, just 10 minutes from the Invercargill CBD, and runs all year round. The treks vary to suit beginners through to experienced, and take riders meandering along the edge of the Oreti River, over open plains, through winding bush and forest tracks, across sand dunes and down the beach with Stewart Island as the backdrop. Groups have a maximum of five people, and there is a weight limit of 100kg. Contact Suzi Pierce (03) 213 1081 or 021 2340322.
Mustering on horseback is a unique aspect of a high country farm visit.”
TARA DOWNS HORSE TREKS Also not far from the city, located near the coastal town of Omaui, is the family-owned Tara Downs Horse Treks. There you’ll get a chance to trek through one of the remotest parts of New Zealand, through uninhabited coastline, native bush and ancient forests. Contact (03) 214 0011.
OREPUKI HORSE TREKS Further west on State Highway 99 between Riverton and Tuatapere, Orepuki Horse Treks offer personalized beach, farm and bush rides to suit your riding ability, time and budget over their large sheep farm. Riders will enjoy stunning views from Stewart Island to Fiordland, over Te Waewae Bay, which is also home to the Hectors Dolphins. Treks are best suited to
intermediate riders, but they have options for children and novices too. Groups are limited to four and a weight limit of 90kg applies. Contact Elfi Menpes on 021 08611505.
BEAUMONT HIGH COUNTRY EXPERIENCE
Struan and Lynn Minty have been operating the Beaumont High Country Experience since 2003. There you can choose from half- and full-day activities to multi-day all-inclusive horse riding packages exploring their more than 7280-hectare high country sheep station. A favourite is the ‘NZ Ranch Exclusive’ which runs over seven days and nights and includes mustering on horseback along with other unique aspects of a high country sheep farm. Accommodation is provided in the Beaumont cottage adjacent to the homestead. Treks run from November to April or during the off-season by arrangement. Contact (03) 931 9858 or 027 292 8204 or visit www. beaumontexperience.co.nz
SOUTHERN STARS Southern Stars offers guided rides over rolling hill country where you can enjoy stunning views of the Eyre and Garvie Mountains. Contact (03) 248 8855 or 027 4628849. RUSTIC RIDES Operates from the Fairlight Train Station offering unique trekking trips into the high country. Contact Linda on 027 5738169. LUMSDEN HORSE TREKKING Contact 021 1817088.
WESTRAY HORSE TREKS For those heading to towards Fiordland, Te Anau has spectacular trekking. Located 6km from the Te Anau township is Westray Horse Treks. Rides take in spectacular 360 degree panoramic views of Lake Te Anau, encompassing the township, surrounding mountain ranges, wildlife reserve and farmland. They welcome beginners and people with no previous experience, but specify a weight limit of 95kg. For more information, contact Andy on 0800 148735.
HIGHRIDE ADVENTURES If you want to check out some of the country made famous by the Lord of the Rings trilogy head out to Aaron and Louise Duthie’s Highride Adventures, on a working 284-hectare sheep, deer and cattle farm. For more information, check out www. highride.co.nz or phone (03) 249 7570 or 027 3082719.
Orepuki Horse Treks