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Book - High Country Horses - Half Day Treks

Come and take a ride through some of New Zealand’s most pristine countryside. Experience the unique tranquility of the Glenorchy basin with the option of over 150,000 acres to ride on. High Country Horses are a NEW ZEALAND owned and operated business that has opened their farm and surrounding areas for you to enjoy by horseback.

They can take you through glacial fed rivers with stunning backdrops that were used in “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy”, or showcase some of the rich history of the area all while enjoying this experience on horseback.

High Country Horses was established and working with quality horses since 1987 and will cater for all abilities, from complete beginner through to the very experienced rider, we have the horse for you.

Isengard – Lord of the Rings - Riding time: 1.5 hours

High Country Horses is the only company that will take you to locations filmed in The Lord of the Rings trilogy! Ride in Middle Earth through ancient beech forest and see where Boromir was killed in the “Fellowship” also scenes from Narnia and Wolverine, learn the history while surrounded by Mount Aspiring National Park, one of three world heritage parks in New Zealand. Fantastic ride for novice riders through to experienced.

Rees River Trail - Riding time: 2.5 hours

Taking the best of the Rees Valley and showcasing it to you. A perfect half day option for Experienced and Novice riders. Enjoy the stunning scenery of the top of the lake with picturesque Mountain views, and glacial fed river-crossings. Be captivated by stories of the area, rich history and many filming locations from Lord Of The Rings. A magical ride with experienced riders having the opportunity to canter and beginners have the chance to learn. Come and have a REAL Kiwi experience!

Paradise Combo PackageRiding time: 2.5 hours in the morning, 1.5 hours in the afternoon

Why not ride both the Lord of the Rings Trail and the Rees River trail to experience even more of what Glenorchy has to offer! A fantastic full day horse ride for all levels of riding experience – come and enjoy the lifestyle! 

Season: All Year Round


  • Half day trips allow 5 hours return to Queenstown


  • 8:00 am & 1:30 pm – from Queenstown
  • 9:00 am & 2:30 pm – 243 Priory Road, Glenorchy

They Provide:

  • Helmets and wet weather gear if required

Please Bring:

  • Long trousers, suitable sturdy footwear, sunglasses, sunscreen. 
  • During winter please bring warm layers including socks, gloves, scarf.

Rider Level:

  • Please let us know whether you are Novice, Intermediate or Experienced rider.
  • The trips can cater to all abilities. 

Age and Weight Restrictions:

  • Minimum age 7 years old.
  • Maximum weight is 95kg.


  • Please allow a minimum 1 hour travel time from Queenstown to Glenorchy. 

Glenorchy Base:

  • For self drive customers please make your own way to 243 Priory Road, Glenorchy.

Isengard Lord of the Rings ride [Ex Queenstown]:
Departs: 8:00am & 1:30pm with transport from Queenstown. Duration: 1.5 hour ride.

  • Adult $195.00
  • Child $185.00

Isengard Lord of the Rings Ride [Ex Glenorchy]:
Make your own way to 243 Priory Road, Glenorchy. Departs: 9:00am and 2:30pm. Duration: 1.5 hour ride.

  • Adult $175.00
  • Child $165.00

Rees River Trail [Ex Queenstown]:
Departs: 8:00am & 1:30pm with transfers from Queenstown. Duration: 2.5 hour ride.

  • Adult $205.00
  • Child $195.00

Rees River Trail [Ex Glenorchy]:
Make your own way to 243 Priory Road, Glenorchy. Departs: 9:00am and 2:30pm. Duration: 2.5 hour ride.

  • Adult $185.00
  • Child $175.00

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