2 Hour River Wild

A gentle walking-paced horse ride along beautiful braided rivers and stunning scenery in the Dart Valley.

Ride through some of New Zealand's most stunning and awe inspiring scenery. 

This two hour long adventure offers spectacular scenery of Te Wahipounamu, the South West of New Zealand UNESCO World Heritage site.

The route of the River Wild trek varies day to day to ensure that our horses, guides and returning manuhiri (visitors) are able to enjoy as much of the stunning scenery as possible. The majority of these treks include beautiful river crossings, although changes to the weather mean that this cannot always be guaranteed. 

You can rest assured that the views will be breath taking in every direction as you are taken on a journey of discovery through the magnificent Dart Valley, including the backdrop for many famous film locations

This is an experience to remember for riders of all levels, aged 7 and older.

Prices (seasonal)

Adult

$189

Age 16+

Child

$179

Age 7–15

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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.

Travel (15 mins)

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

River Wild Trek (2 hrs)

Riding alongside beautiful braided rivers, this adventure offers river crossings and spectacular scenery of Te Wahipounamu, the South West of New Zealand UNESCO World Heritage site.

Travel (15 MINS)

A short journey back to 58 Coll Street where you will return your kit and say farewell to the team.

Horse riding through stunning film locations in Glenorchy
Feeding horses at Dart River Adventures
Stunning scenery on horse rides at Dart River Adventures

Trip Information

When will you be visiting us?

2 Hour River Wild

River Wild trek begins

9am

1:30pm

The experience starts at Dart Stables, located at the end of Priory Road 10 minutes drive from Glenorchy. You will meet the Dart Stables team and be kitted out with a helmet and boots (and rain jacket if needed). Once you've been kitted out, 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 3 - 3.5 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 7 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. Pick up and drop off options will be made available at time of booking.

Self-drive

If you have your own transport then you can drive yourself straight to Dart Stables which is located at the end of Priory Road, Glenorchy.

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

2 Hour River Wild

River Wild trek begins

9am

1pm

The experience starts at Dart Stables, located at the end of Priory Road 10 minutes drive from Glenorchy. You will meet the Dart Stables team and be kitted out with a helmet and boots (and rain jacket if needed). Once you've been kitted out, 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 3 - 3.5 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 7 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. Pick up and drop off options will be made available at time of booking.

Self-drive

If you have your own transport then you can drive yourself straight to Dart Stables which is located at the end of Priory Road, Glenorchy.

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

Testimonials

The horses are pretty lovely and beautiful animals. The views of Glenorchy are great, especially when you are riding a horse. And it makes you feel like you're in the movie. I think I need a horse in my life.

China

Great set up. Informative and helpful guides and staff. Enjoyed the pick up from hotel and the drive to Glenorchy. The bus driver was great at pointing out land marks and providing a narrative of the area. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Very much enjoyed riding the superstar that is Trevor, the stunning scenery and learning about the films the horses and local area were involved in.

United Kingdom

Beautiful scenery, incredible trails with breath taking views. Friendly horses and guides who were helpful and informative, friendly and knowledgeable. This ride is one we will never forget!

Australia