Lake Hawea Hunter River Ride

From NZD NZ$3,750.00
  • Duration: 5 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Hawea Lake, Central Otago
  • Product code: LHHRR

Enjoy stunning views of Lake Hawea, Mount
Aspiring riding deep into the heart of the mountains exploring the breath-taking
Hunter Valley, Central Otago.

Exclusive access
to 2 privately owned iconic high country stations.

Pick up in Queenstown is between 1pm & 1:30pm 

Arriving at Hunter Valley for 3:30pm start – 2.5 hours riding

Our adventure begins at Hunter Valley shearers quarters.

You will be introduced to your horse and we will set out to
enjoy and afternoons ride beside the picturesque lake Hawea. This is to ensure
that we have a happy relationship between horse and rider. Returning to the
shearer’s quarters for our evening meal and overnight stay. The quarters enjoy
hot showers, flushing toilets, TV room and electricity with comfy beds.  The deck looks out of the picturesque lake
and old rustic farm buildings. This is a great opportunity to get to know one
another before our adventure begins.

There are some lovely walks around the lake if you so desire
after dinner or you could just enjoy a wine sitting on the deck soaking up the
view.  There is an opportunity to chat to those who live and work on Hunter Valley station

Riding day 2 - 5 hours riding

Packing our
saddle bags after a lovely home cooked breakfast, we say goodbye to Hunter
Valley Station. Today we ride through native Beech forests and water falls.
Travelling alongside this imposingly beautiful lake side we head towards Hunter
Valley Boundary Hut. Today we will see Hereford cattle and Merino sheep roaming
freely. We will stop along the way for photo opportunities. The Boundary Hut has a long drop
toilet, 10 bunks in two separate bunkrooms, solar lighting and a wonderful
horse paddock with stables and tack room. The hut enjoys spectacular views of
the Hunter Valley and delightful sense of isolation.  We will enjoy nibbles and dinner on the
expansive decking enjoying a mountain backdrop. There is an opportunity to
sleep out under the stars tonight if you so wish.

Riding day 39:30am start – 6 hours riding

  • Here
    riders can either enjoy a rest day at Boundary Hut or ride into the magnificent
    Hunter Valley
  • This is
    one of New Zealand’s best fly fishing rivers, those fly fisher people amongst
    us may wish to spend the day out on the river

After we enjoy a hearty breakfast and pack our lunches we
saddle up and ride deep into the Hunter Valley. This trail meanders through an
ice blue glacial river flanked by magnificent mountain ranges. Riders can enjoy
seeing trout playing in the river or rare New Zealand Falcons flying high
overhead. This is a ride you will not forget for a long time as the incredible
isolation and beauty is overwhelming. 

Riding day 4 – 9:30am
– 6 hours riding

Tummies full of breakfast, tucker boxes packed we head out
to cross the crystal-clear Hunter river into the Dingleburn station. We will
spend the day feeling as though we are riding in a postcard as the views
throughout the day are spectacular and day dreamy. At this time of year the
lake acts as a mirror, reflecting the stunning views. We will be looking back
across the lake at Hunter Valley Station and Lake Hawea that we rode around the

Our accommodation for the evening is the Dingleburn shearers
quarters, located in an amazing setting. Here we have hot showers flushing
toilets, electricity from the station generator and a wonderful cookhouse where
we will enjoy a farm cooked meal and relaxing evening.

Riding day 5– 11:30am
start – 4 hours riding we
enjoy a relaxing morning with a 10am brunch in
the cookhouse. Saddle up and head for the Hawea Hotel. We ride along the
Dingleburn track; you will be amazed at the pioneering Kiwi ingenuity that
constructed this access way into such a stunning and remote station. We will
pass the waterfall that provides the hydro power for the station. This is a
wonderful picturesque gentle days riding to end our adventure. Keep the camera
handy. We leave the horses in the Dingleburn Cattle yards for the night. The
horses will enjoy a good night on the hay whilst we will be transported to the
Hawea Hotel for our nights’ accommodation and evening meal. This Hotel
overlooks Lake Hawea and we can enjoy the luxury of dinner looking out over the
lake. Dinner is a set menu (you will need to bring your wallet for alcohol
which is not included)

Day 6 – Breakfast
is provided and then you will make your way home.  Transportation to Queenstown airport is
provided 9:30am arriving in Queenstown around 12:30 pm