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The Tekapo Expedition

5.0 (3)
days 14 days nights 13 nights
New Zealand
Difficulty
Easy
Comfort
Basic
Basic+
Weight limit
120 kg / 265 lb

Join our exhilarating journey through the rugged and breathtaking landscapes of the South Island of New Zealand. This unforgettable horse riding adventure takes you through iconic high country stations, allowing you to immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of New Zealand's alpine regions.

Traverse across vast expanses of wilderness, where towering mountains pierce the sky and crystal-clear rivers wind their way through lush valleys. As you ride, you'll encounter some of the largest rivers in the South Island, adding an element of excitement and challenge to your expedition.

This safari is designed for the adventurous at heart, catering to guests who seek the thrill of exploring remote and untouched terrain on horseback. Whether you're an experienced rider or a novice enthusiast, our expert guides will ensure a safe and enjoyable journey as you ride through diverse landscapes and experience the raw, unspoiled beauty of New Zealand's backcountry.

from US$ 4 625
per tourist for 14 days
Date of Travel
Number of tourists
up to 20 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

Feel the Local Hospitality
Enjoy the local food and traditions
Stay Away from Civilization
Cross the wilderness area, stay in huts far away from people
Ride through the Breathtaking Panoramas
Enjoy the beautiful vistas in every direction

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

Arrive at Christchurch Airport.

Day 2
To the Eskhead Station
Day 3
To Anna Hut
Day 4
Around Mt White
Day 5
Crossing the Tranz Alpine Railway Line
Day 6
Around the Constitution Mountain
Day 7
To the Glenthorne Station
Day 8
Rest Day
Day 9
To the Manuka Point Station
Day 10
South up Lake Stream
Day 11
To the Rangitata River
Day 12
To the Bush Stream
Day 13
To the Mt Gerald Station Quarters
Day 14
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.

Good general physical fitness is also necessary and riders should be surefooted with good hips, knees and ankles. There is a fair amount of walking with your horse involved on this ride - horses are always led downhill, sometimes for up to one hour (totalling around 2-3 hours of walking on foot per day). The hills are steep with drop-off's therefore this ride may not be suitable for nervous riders or those with a fear of heights.

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Accommodation

Comfort
Basic
Basic+

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.

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;
  • full oil-skin raincoats and waterproof over-leggings for wet weather.

Extras

  • international flights; 
  • accommodation and a meal at Mt White shearers’;
  • alcoholic and canned drinks;
  • optional sleeping bag hire;
  • items of a personal nature.

Group size

up to 20 tourists

Duration

14 days
13 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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Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 3 reviews
  • G
    Grant
    5 Dec, 2023
    about provider
    I just completed the 12-day Tekapo trek, and before that, I did a 6-day trek with the team. The horses are incredibly robust and reliable on both journeys. These treks offer exceptional adventures, granting you the opportunity to witness breathtaking scenery that few will ever encounter.
    5 Dec, 2023
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  • B
    Ben
    10 Jun, 2023
    about provider
    Jenny and Lawrie were absolutely fantastic in organizing our trek and guiding us through the breathtaking scenery. I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone seeking an unforgettable experience in the New Zealand outdoors, whether it's for a single day or a multi-day trek. Knowledgeable, kind, and outgoing, they provide exceptional service, and I'll definitely be returning. It's a solid 10/10 from me!
    10 Jun, 2023
  • K
    Kerrie
    1 Apr, 2022
    about provider
    Last month, I returned from an amazing 3-day trek, and I'm already longing to go back. Every moment of the adventure was pure joy, from the stunning scenery to the incredible horses. Jenny is not only great with emails but also an excellent cook, ensuring we were always well-fed. Lawrie's knowledge and experience navigating the countryside were impressive, and the horses were sure-footed and a pleasure to ride. The entire experience was about learning and embracing new challenges, and it was incredibly rewarding. Jenny and Lawrie made us feel welcome, but they also encouraged us to participate and learn. Yvonne, our assistant, was equally amazing. The trek was a blast— the horses, the company, and the scenery made it unforgettable. I can't wait to go back for another adventure. Thank you for such a fantastic experience— Kerrie Whistler from Taupo.
    1 Apr, 2022

Dates and Prices

  • from US$ 4 625
    1 – 14 Nov 14 days 13 nights
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    21 Nov – 4 Dec 14 days 13 nights
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