Horse Riding

In Glenorchy

Horse Riding

At the head of Lake Whakatipu lies Glenorchy, the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park and Te Wahipounamu, one of New Zealand’s three World Heritage areas.


Internationally recognised for its exceptional beauty and untouched qualities, the area has been showcased in the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as other big screen films.


With more than 60 horses of various breeds and a team of guides with a wealth of experience and knowledge, we are able to provide amazing horse treks for riders of all levels.


We spend a lot of time with our horses, assessing their capabilities and personality, so that we can provide a suitable match for each rider.


Customers are constantly amazed at the condition and quality of our horses and the beauty that surrounds us. Most say they have never experienced better.


Dart Stables has been offering visitors to the area the opportunity to explore Glenorchy and Paradise for over 20 years.


Join us for a horse riding experience you’ll remember for a lifetime…


About your horse ride

What to wear

  • Comfortable, full-length trousers
  • Riding boots or sturdy shoes with a low heel
  • Extra pair of thick socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm clothes and gloves in the cooler months
  • Clothing with a zip-up pocket (or a neck/belt strap for your camera).

What we provide

  • Riding helmet (compulsory)
  • Calf length boots with a formed heel
  • Gloves in cold weather
  • Drizabone and riding jacket on windy or damp days.

Important information

For the health and wellbeing of our horses, we have a strict rider weight limit of 95 kilograms and therefore ask you to provide your weight when booking.

We will also ask for your riding experience at the time of booking to match you to the best horse for your abilities.

Strictly one rider per horse.

Cancellation within 24 hours will incur a 100% charge.

Transport pick up is from the Queenstown Information Centre (QIC), corner Shotover and Camp Streets.



Dart Stables reserves the right to amend or cancel any trip or booking due to adverse weather conditions. Your safety is paramount and we take every step to ensure a comfortable and safe ride, however please be aware that there is an element of risk with horse riding.