Hurunui Horse Treks has been operating a variety of multi day trail rides and pack trips through the spectacular high country of New Zealands South Island since 1987.
Join Hurunui Horse Treks for the ultimate equestrian adventure, guided trail rides
, pack trips and self drive wagon treks through the sheep and cattle stations in the wilderness of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. More than just a horse ride, a total experience immersing you in the unique culture of New Zealand’s high country .
Check out our website for details /schedules.
Riding: Most of our rides involve between 4.5 and 6
hours riding a day except for our “Mountains to the
Sea” ride which has days of between 6 and 8 hours
The riding is varied and differs each day.
Ranging from riding along tracks and river flats to
following cattle and game tracks over mountain
ranges, the crossing of quiet streams and big rivers.
Wherever possible we ride separately from the pack
horses and the pace can include trotting and cantering
for those able.
Age range, type of group
Ability: Most rides are suitable for riders of all abilities but rides like “The Mountains to the Sea” are only
suitable for the experienced rider who can handle a real challenge and long days in the saddle.
We do have an age limit of 12 years on our longer rides and a weight limit of 100kg
Hurunui Horse Treks also operate Wagons Ho!
These multi day covered wagon treks run between
the alpine thermal resort of Hanmer Springs and
Nelson via the rugged Rainbow Track. These treks
are great for anybody to enjoy with plenty of fishing
and swimming opportunities along the way.
Sleeping and meals
Accommodations: These vary from sleeping under the stars, tents and rustic backcountry huts, historic cob houses
to modern bunkhouse quarters with showers and flush toilets on some of the stations. The “Station to Station” ride
however provides for quality farmstay accommodation on most nights.
Meals: Good wholesome Kiwi meals, including a
cooked breakfast are supplied by the station owners
along the way where possible, otherwise we cook
over an open fire.
We cater for vegetarians and folk with other dietary
A reasonable standard of fitness is required.
Special Activities: Fishing (Brown trout & Salmon)
and Hunting (Red Deer, Wild Pig, Chamois) options
are available by prior arrangement.
Horses: Our horses are in the main hunter types,
Thoroughbred / Clydesdale between 15 - 17 hands
bred on the stations and hills. We also have pure-bred
and partbred Connemara ponies.
Season: all year
1 hour 15 minutes drive.
Location: 100km North of Christchurch
Prices: On application / As per schedule
Highlights: Professional guides,Willing horses, Australian stock & western saddles, multi day programs to suit all
levels of riding skills, Fishing & Hunting options available, the culture and natural history of the High Country, New
Zealand Way brand partner.
Adventure Tourism Council member.