We didn't book a slot, but we managed to get one as a walk in customer when we arrived and they were friendly and very kind to our kids. Toby is a great guide. He is good with the horses and with our kids, even is a great enthusiastic photographer! We were so happy with our experience here. Everything went smoothly, the horse riding was fun, peaceful and relaxing. The horses were calm and gentle with our kids. We love this place very much. Highly recommended.
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Beautiful scenery but it is three hours of the same mountains. Expensive for what it is. We expected more hilly terrain not just a riverbed to walk around in.
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Good lunch provided, excellent trip, amzing scenery and happy well looked after horses. Nice guide but a little impatient.
I did the two hour ride with these guys and was pretty disappointed. The horses were fine, and the scenery is beautiful (like everywhere in Glenorchy and Queenstown), and I have to say it was pretty unique that the horses go across rivers. But even as an experienced rider, they made me wear a helmet, which I found a little annoying, and additionally, the guide treated us as if she was babysitting - she repeatedly yelled back to me to keep my horse in line, even though my horse had only deviated enough for it's face not to be in the next horse's butt; barely at all. I wouldn't recommend this company for experienced riders as they seem to only cater to people who have no clue what they're doing, but for inexperienced riders I think this would be a decent experience.
High Country Horses responds:
We have strict safety guidelines that every Trekking Company in New Zealand has to follow by LAW THEY HAVE TO BE WORN! If katie had wanted to do more fast work or not be in a line of horses, she may have had a better ride on other treks that we offer i.e Paradise View (3 hour) Full Day or Exclusive which are advertised intermediadte to experienced riders. Since Katie was NOT the only rider out there our guides need to keep everyone safe. Sorry it wasn't the experience you were expecting.
I did a two hour trek with the stables in August 2008 and loved it. The staff were friendly, the scenery was stunning and I was given lots of opportunity for cantering (I'm an experienced rider).
We had a fantastic time in New Zealand. However, our experience with High Country Horses was disappointing. We were on time, they kept us waiting one hour. We expected to see Lord of the Rings locations. We rode through none. A location was pointed out in the distance. The ride was muddy and boring - no "high country". There was nothing of interest to see - perhaps there are more interesting rides in warmer months. Some of our horses were naughty and difficult. On a positive note, the lady who appeared to own the business seemed very nice. However, we are very sorry to have wasted such a lot of money on an extremely disappointing activity.