NZ Horse & Pony - - Insider's Guide -

South­land is a strong hunt­ing area with two well-es­tab­lished hunts in the re­gion – the Birch­wood Hunt and East­ern South­land Hunt.

THE BIRCH­WOOD HUNT has the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing one of the old­est hunts in the coun­try, cel­e­brat­ing 130 years in 2016. It’s renowned for its large, open rolling green hills cov­er­ing a vast area from the south coast to the edge of the one of New Zealand’s largest na­tional parks, hunt­ing from Lake Wak­i­tipu south and across as far as Hedge­hope, as well as good old-fash­ioned south­ern hos­pi­tal­ity. With such a large area to cover it has great foot­ing and var­ied ter­rain, nor­mally over well-sparred wire fences, with its sea­son run­ning from March through to the first week in July. Caps are $30 for vis­it­ing adults and $15 for ju­niors. The an­nual fundrais­ing three-day trek in Novem­ber is also an event not be missed with more than 100 rid­ers tak­ing part. Con­tact the Mas­ter, Frank van Mil­tenburg, on 027 2219621.

THE EAST­ERN SOUTH­LAND HUNT is a small, fam­ily-ori­en­tated hunt which wel­comes vis­i­tors and new mem­bers, with caps set at $20. It hunts from the le­gendary Gle­nary Sta­tion to the most south­ern point of the main­land. It’s been go­ing for more than 80 years, and has a very pop­u­lar hunt trek in Jan­uary. Con­tact the Mas­ter, Derek Brown on (03) 415 7778 or 021 727 82656 or check out its Face­book page.

Birch­wood Hunt

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