1 Hour River Wild

A gentle walking-paced horse ride in the stunning Dart Valley where you will witness beautiful braided glacial fed rivers and stunning untouched landscapes

Formerly known as Hobbits' Hack.

A delightful introduction to horse riding for children, first-time and intermediate riders. 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 1 Hour River Wild 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 glacier-fed rivers and 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.

 

Minimum Height

100cm and 5 years or older with a lead rein ($25 extra) or 115cm and 7 years or older without a lead. Lead rein must be booked ahead of time. Subject to availability.

 

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Adult

$149

Age 16+

Child

$129

Age 5–15

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Itinerary

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.

River Wild (1 hr)

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

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 Glenorchy's stunning scenery

Trip Information

When will you be visiting us?

1 Hour River Wild

1 Hour River Wild begins

9am

10:15am

1pm

2:15pm

Your journey departs from the Dart River Adventures Base Building (45 Mull Street, Glenorchy). From there you will be transported by a free shuttle/ bus to Deep Creek where you will be checking in and kitted up by the Dart River Stabled team. Once you have your riding boots and helmet (and possibly a rain coat), you will be expertly matched with a horse that suits your level of experience. This is when the real adventure begins!

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

When you make a booking, the team will ask you for some personal details. This includes your height, weight and horse riding experience. We use this information to match you to the most appropriate horse for your adventure. For the health and wellbeing of our horses we have a strict rider weight of 100 kilograms. 

The minimum requirements to ride are 115cm tall and 7 years or older. There is a lead rein option available for people from 100cm tall and 5 years or older but this is $25 extra and must be booked ahead of time. Subject to availability.

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 $25 you can hop onto a bus that will transport you from The Station Building in Queenstown (25 Shotover Street) to Glenorchy and then back again. The return bus times include just under an hour of free time to take yourself on a sel

Self-drive

If you have your own transport then please drive straight to the Dart River Adventures base building. Located at 45 Mull Street, Glenorchy 9372.

Glenorchy is a 45min/ 48km scenic drive from Queenstown.

1 Hour River Wild

1 Hour River Wild begins

9am

10:15am

1pm

2:15pm

Your journey departs from the Dart River Adventures Base Building (45 Mull Street, Glenorchy). From there you will be transported by a free shuttle/ bus to Deep Creek where you will be checking in and kitted up by the Dart River Stabled team. Once you have your riding boots and helmet (and possibly a rain coat), you will be expertly matched with a horse that suits your level of experience. This is when the real adventure begins!

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

When you make a booking, the team will ask you for some personal details. This includes your height, weight and horse riding experience. We use this information to match you to the most appropriate horse for your adventure. For the health and wellbeing of our horses we have a strict rider weight of 100 kilograms. 

The minimum requirements to ride are 115cm tall and 7 years or older. There is a lead rein option available for people from 100cm tall and 5 years or older but this is $25 extra and must be booked ahead of time. Subject to availability.

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 $25 you can hop onto a bus that will transport you from The Station Building in Queenstown (25 Shotover Street) to Glenorchy and then back again. The return bus times include just under an hour of free time to take yourself on a sel

Self-drive

If you have your own transport then please drive straight to the Dart River Adventures base building. Located at 45 Mull Street, Glenorchy 9372.

Glenorchy is a 45min/ 48km scenic drive from Queenstown.

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