There’s no better way to see the snowy alps of New Zealand than on horseback.
So, that’s exactly what I did. I booked myself in with a company called Dart Stables in Glenorchy, Queenstown.
Internationally recognised for its exceptional beauty and natural untouched qualities, Dart Stables have been offering visitors some of the most spectacular horse rides New Zealand has to offer for the last 20-years, and have also been showcased in the Oscar winning Lord of the Rings trilogy. It was honestly one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever done in New Zealand.
The horses are quiet and easy going, meaning they don’t race home at the end of the tour, leaving you terrified and stressed out that you lost control of your horse.
My horse riding experience is hand me down knowledge passed on from my mother, who was an avid horse rider. So, my horse riding level is definitely beginner. Which is why I loved this horse trek so much.
All the horses are great for beginners, even if you are an experienced horse rider. This allows for a better experience on the ride, as you get to take in your surroundings, at a leisurely pace, without the stress of working the horse hard in order to get the full benefit of the ride.
Instead, you and your horse get to casually stroll through some of the most incredible scenery New Zealand has to offer.
I highly recommend anyone who is making a trip to Queenstown to book yourself a trek with Dart Stables. You won’t regret it and it really is a great way to see the countryside, surrounded by incredible alps which look painted against the sky.
But instead of me trying to describe what I experienced, here are my pictures instead. You’re welcome.
Dart Stables is located just 45-minutes from Queenstown, at the head of Lake Wakatipu in Glenorchy. Which is one of New Zealand’s world heritage listed areas.
If you have a car, you can self-drive yourself there, it’s very easy to find. If you don’t have a car, they do provide a pick up and drop of to your accommodation if needed. Just make sure you book this when you book your horse trek.
Click here for more details.