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South Island ▷ Queenstown Region ▷ Glenorchy
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The 'Ride of the Rings' was a very good experience: after 1 hr 30 minutes riding in the Dart River Valley, an interesting 4WD tour on many sets of LOTR movies. Funny comments and very friendly guide!
we did the river wild, great experience for absolute beginners and riders with more experience, each rider got a horse that suited him/her,
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Huge, sweeping landscapes that you really could not see on foot. Great horse tips and great humour when keeping us in the saddle.
Went in one of their full day tours. Did the Ride of the Rings and River Wild options. Ride of the Rings was mediocre at best. It starts out with a 4wd tour of some of the local filming locations for Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit and Wolverine. They don't stop for very long at each location and they don't bring you in to see the location close up, you can only stand at the roadside and see it from a distance. The tour ends off with a horse tour of the dart river area, which was nice with great scenery, but no relation to the lord of the Rings series as they imply on their website. They also state that the River wild has ties to lord of the Rings, but it doesn't. It's basically just a two hour version of the first horse tour. On the first tour the ride was nice and the horses well behaved, but on the second I was not impressed. One person from our group ended up in the dart river because the guides told us to cross the river in the wrong spot and I was almost thrown from my horse (who was skittish and behaved badly the whole 2 hours) at one point and incurred a hand injury as a result. The guides both seemed to try to ignore that it even happened and just moved on with the tour. Was not pleased and I would not recommend this tour to anyone who is looking for a Lord of the Rings tour, use Nomad Safaris instead.
Was not impressed with their rules about weighing people to make sure they are under 95 kilos. It should be stated on their brochures that they do this. It's not good practice in my opinion.
Exploring New Zealand's beautiful nature on a horse back was relaxing. Breathing the fresh air and just enjoying the pureness of the country.
Did two tours, first one was for total beginners! I did not enjoy it (I am a horse instructor in Germany). Second tour was awesome, I was allowed to canter on m own apart from the group.
I did two rides in one day. I am an experienced rider. My first ride was along the Dart River up to Mt Albert with some river crossings. The second one was up at Paradise. Staff and horses are really good. Horses can be used for beginners as well.