New Zealand Pack Trip
New Zealand ( Best airport: Christchurch)
Join the longest pack trip in New Zealand in the heart of the South Island, on this trail riding expedition. Cross some of the largest rivers in New Zealand, (some taking up to an hour to cross). The surefooted, steadfast horses travel alongside free-running pack horses and make sure that riders are in safe hands. A real adventure for intrepid and adventurous travellers.
Camping in shearers huts and under canvas adds to the magic of this ride, on some nights there is no electricity or running water, and every night meals are cooked around an open fire. A good bottle of New Zealand wine is never far away.
Level of Riding and Fitness
This ride is suitable for riders from novice to experienced level. Although the ride is taken at a walking pace only (although there is the odd spot for a trot or canter), riders should be in good fitness and health to be balanced in the saddle and ready for long hours riding (around 6-9 hours per day). Riders are required to be able to mount and dismount unaided although there are often plenty of rocks and logs available to help.
Guides and Group Size
Hosts, Lawrie and Jenny, have over 20-years experience in running their adventurous trail rides in this wilderness area, operating from Lawrie’s childhood home. The breeding of their distinctive Clydesdale Thoroughbred cross horses developed quickly, and the herd currently stands at 80 strong, and are also used extensively for mustering stock. Lawrie and Jenny know the high country like the back of their hands, and Jenny is in charge of cooking and packing; homemade pies and cakes are her speciality.
Tack and Riding Equipment
The tack used on this ride is Australian stock saddles (made in New Zealand) and single-rein bridles. The riding is English style.
Accommodation and Dining
The accommodation ranges from tents to a woolshed, muster huts and a B&B. On some night there will be no electricity or running water but there will usually be a stream or river nearby to wash in – also great for a swim at the end of a day in the saddle! On some nights there may be a hot shower. Toilets also range from long-drop (whilst camping) to normal toilets. Airbeds are provided.
The food on this ride can be described as good, healthy farm food. Expect meals such as steak, mince and stroganoff. Jenny, one of the hosts, cooks everything herself from scratch using local ingredients. Her pies and cakes are legendary! Tea, coffee and water are included in the price of the holiday. Alcohol and canned drinks are not included, nor provided, but riders are invited to bring along their own supply with them. This can also be pre-ordered in advance and will be waiting for you on arrival.
Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice.
New Zealand Pack Trip
14 days / 13 nights / 11 days riding
This ride departs on the same dates every year; the first date follows the itinerary as shown and on the second date the riders will ride the itinerary in reverse, starting from Tekapo.
Please note, we advise riders to arrive in New Zealand at least 2 days prior to the start of the ride to allow time to acclimatize and recover from jet lag.
You will be picked up from Christchurch between 12 -2 the day before the ride and transferred back on the last day. There may be a small extra charge if your pick up is from the airport.
- All meals
- Tea, Coffee, Cordial
- Swag roll (to carry sleeping bag and clothes)
- Riding and Pack Horse Support
- Christchurch Transfers at Set Times
- Travel Insurance
- Alcoholic Drinks