The Explorer

New
days 5 days nights 4 nights
New Zealand
Difficulty
Easy
Comfort
Basic
Basic+
Weight limit
120 kg / 265 lb

This horseback excursion offers a brief respite tailored for beginner riders who are fit and balanced, providing them with an exciting glimpse of adventure. Participants will traverse hills, valleys, and rivers of the South Island alongside traditional pack horses, all while lodging in cabins. Every necessity is conveyed on horseback, allowing participants to contribute to loading provisions and experiencing a touch of pioneer spirit amid the untamed landscape for a few days. At day's end, indulge in hearty campfire-cooked meals while sharing tales of the day's escapades over a glass of wine.

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from US$ 1 029
per tourist for 5 days
Date of Travel
Number of tourists
up to 10 tourists over 10 years old
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Photo Jenny  O.
Jenny O. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
Lawrie and Jenny have been running the horse safari business as a husband and wife team since 1992. Both Lawrie and Jenny have been involved with horses all their lives, and each contribute different parts of their knowledge to the smooth running of the safaris. In addition to the work on the farm, Lawrie cares for and trains the horses to make them a pleasure for people to ride, while Jenny concentrates on keeping the business side going and cooking and baking to feed those hungry mouths once the day’s riding is finished. Yet both Jenny and Lawrie have enough experience to do any job required of them and are interchangeable in their roles on the Safaris.

Tour highlights

Explore Breathtaking Locations
Ride surrounded by beautiful views of the valleys and Southern Alps
Enjoy the Rivers Crossing
Ride along many rivers of the destination
Feel the Real Adventure
Ride in wild areas, stay in huts and enjoy the food cooked over the campfire far away from people

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

Arrive at Christchurch Airport.

Day 2
To the Valley Camp
Day 3
To the Little Organs Range
Day 4
Back to the stables
Day 5
Departure
Difficulty
Easy
Tour provider's comments

This ride is suitable for riders from novice to experienced level. There are no age or weight limits. Although the ride is taken at a walking pace only (although there is the odd spot for a trot or canter), riders should be in good fit health to be balanced in the saddle and ready for long hours in the saddle (around 6-9 hours per day). Riders are required to be able to mount and dismount unaided although there are often plenty of rocks and logs available to help. 

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Accommodation

Comfort
Basic
Basic+
Tent
4 nights

The accommodation ranges from tents to a woolshed, muster huts and a B&B. It may depend on external factors as to where riders will be staying, for instance if sheep are being sheared it will not be possible to stay in the woolshed. On some night there will be no electricity or running water but there will usually be a stream or river nearby to wash in - they are also great for a swim at the end of a day in the saddle! On some nights there may be a hot shower. Toilets also range from long-drop (whilst camping) to normal toilets. Airbeds are provided.

4 nights
Camp

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place

Canterbury, Christchurch City, Christchurch International Airport

Tour conditions

Included

  • transfers; 
  • full board accommodation with coffee and tea; 
  • horses; 
  • riding; 
  • guides.

Extras

  • international flights; 
  • alcoholic and canned drinks;
  • optional sleeping bag hire;
  • items of a personal nature.

Group size

up to 10 tourists

Duration

5 days
4 nights

It's important to know

Personal equipment you need for the tour

We suggest you bring with you at least three complete changes of clothes. Remember, in the South Island High Country it is possible to experience four seasons in one day. Warm clothes are essential all year round.

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Dates and Prices

  • Any dates on request during the season
    1 Nov, 2023 – 1 Apr, 2024
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    3 – 7 Mar 5 days 4 nights
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    22 – 26 Mar 5 days 4 nights
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