1 Hour Hobbits' Hack

A gentle walking paced horse ride across a 100-acre property in the Dart Valley.

A delightful introduction to horse riding for first-time riders and hobbit-sized people. This gentle trek gives riders the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular sites of breath-taking Glenorchy as they build up their confidence on our friendly horses. 

The route of the Hobbit's Hack varies day to day, this is because there are simply too many wonderful places to go and sights to see, and we like to give our horses, guides and returning manuhiri (visitors) a chance to see as much of the stunning scenery as possible.

While we cannot guarantee the exact route you will take, you will be sure to see some of the spectacular Middle Earth locations where scenes from Lord of the Rings were shot, and you can rest assured that the views are fantastic in every direction - we are on the doorstep to Paradise, after all.

 

Prices (seasonal)

Adult

$140

Age 16+

Child

$120

Age 5–15

Itinerary

Gear

Gear up (15-30 mins)

The team will give you a briefing and then kit you out in helmets, boots and jackets. Be sure to check the information below to learn what you need to bring to be safe and comfortable on the trek.

Bus

Travel (15 mins)

A short journey though beautiful scenery to meet the horses at the stables.

Horse Trek

Hobbits' Hack (1 hr)

A gentle, walking paced hack across a 100-acre property in the Dart Valley.

Explore

Explore (45 mins)

Riders who travel with us to and from Queenstown have free time to explore beautiful Glenorchy - this may be before or after the horse ride, depending on bus times.

Young visitor feeding a horse at Dart River
Horse riding through breath taking Lord of the Rings locations
Gentle horse ride through stunning scenery

Testimonials

It is awesome for the first time horse riding. Julia sharing a lot of things and she really good guide. Thomas really helpful as well. Definitely will come back again and try the River Wild tour next time

Malaysia

The horses were so amazing and calm, I really enjoyed being on Bob's back and I would really like to do it again as well. The landscape with the remarkable mountains and the beautiful river was unforgettable as well. Also I was really lucky with the nice weather. After all I had great guides and would recommend it to all friends that want to do something like it. I really loved it, thank you very much.

Germany

Katie was very helpful with answering our questions. She explained the nature of the horses, their personalities and the tour was clear. She gave good insights to the film industry and the tourism in Glenorchy. The weather was beautiful. A good day to do the tour.

Australia

Trip Information

When will you be visiting us?

1 Hour Hobbits' Hack

Hobbit's Hack begins

9am

10:15am

1:30pm

2:45pm

The experience begins at the Dart Stables check-in point at 58 Coll Street in Glenorchy, this is where you will meet the Dart Stables team and be kitted out with a helmet and boots (and rain jacket if needed). You will then jump on a minibus and be taken on a short bus ride through beautiful Glenorchy transporting you to the horses at the stables, this is where the trek itself begins. 

After the trek you will jump back on the bus and be transported back to 58 Coll Street, this is where you will return your kit and then be free to either explore the streets of Glenorchy or head straight back to Queenstown.

Total time for this experience is around 2 - 2.5 hours. 

 

What to wear

  • Comfortable full-length trousers (shorts, skirts and dresses are not suitable)
  • 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)
  • Riding boots or sturdy shoes with a low heel (if you do not wish to wear the boots we provide).

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.

Children under 5 years old are not permitted on the trek. 

Only one person is permitted to ride a horse at a time, children are not permitted to go on a horse with their parents. 

Riders are encouraged to bring along small cameras so that they can take wonderful photos of the breath taking views, however, big cameras with large lenses are not permitted for safety reasons. 

Transport Options

Shuttle

For an additional $20 you can hop onto a bus that will transport you from Queenstown to Glenorchy and then back again. The return bus times include just under an hour of free time to take yourself on a self-guided tour of beautiful Glenorchy.

Self-drive

If you have your own transport then you can drive yourself straight to the Dart Stables check-in point at 58 Coll Street in Glenorchy, parking is free.
Glenorchy is a 45min/ 48km scenic drive from Queenstown.

1 Hour Hobbits' Hack

Hobbit's Hack begins

9am

10:15am

1pm

2:15pm

The experience begins at the Dart Stables check-in point at 58 Coll Street in Glenorchy, this is where you will meet the Dart Stables team and be kitted out with a helmet and boots (and rain jacket if needed). You will then jump on a minibus and be taken on a short bus ride through beautiful Glenorchy transporting you to the horses at the stables, this is where the trek itself begins. 

After the trek you will jump back on the bus and be transported back to 58 Coll Street, this is where you will return your kit and then be free to either explore the streets of Glenorchy or head straight back to Queenstown.

Total time for this experience is around 2 - 2.5 hours. 

 

What to wear

  • Comfortable full-length trousers (shorts, skirts and dresses are not suitable)
  • 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)
  • Riding boots or sturdy shoes with a low heel (if you do not wish to wear the boots we provide).

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.

Children under 5 years old are not permitted on the trek. 

Only one person is permitted to ride a horse at a time, children are not permitted to go on a horse with their parents. 

Riders are encouraged to bring along small cameras so that they can take wonderful photos of the breath taking views, however, big cameras with large lenses are not permitted for safety reasons. 

Transport Options

Shuttle

For an additional $20 you can hop onto a bus that will transport you from Queenstown to Glenorchy and then back again. The return bus times include just under an hour of free time to take yourself on a self-guided tour of beautiful Glenorchy.

Self-drive

If you have your own transport then you can drive yourself straight to the Dart Stables check-in point at 58 Coll Street in Glenorchy, parking is free.
Glenorchy is a 45min/ 48km scenic drive from Queenstown.

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