Horse Trek

Lake Tekapo, South Island

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    A stunning ride with breathtaking views of Lake Tekapo, the Southern Alps, and the South Islands' Mackenzie Country. Travel on horseback to Lake Alexandrina, which is alive with native birdlife, through Glacial Rills and huge boulders laid down by receding glaciers, thousands of years ago.

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    • Duration - HalfDay
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    Why You'll Love This

    What's Included?

    On the day of your trek, you will be met by your local guide at the trekking centre at the south end of Mount John. Your guide will instruct you on riding safety and select a mount to suit your ability.

    After fitting and adjustments to your stock saddle, you will head off across the tussock country of the Mackenzie basin and the glacier flats towards Lake Alexandrina, just as the bullock wagons of last century did.

    This lake is a world renowned trout-fishing spot that produces huge Brown and Rainbow Trout and Salmon that thrive in cool, glacier fed, underground, spring water. Native birds are in abundance here and sometimes even the famous Black Stilt can be seen wading in the Lake or in the alpine tarns that abound in the area. There are only about 30 pairs of them left in the world!

    You will head up the eastern side of the lake through tussock grasslands, grazed by purebred Merino Sheep. The sheep in this area produce Super-Fine Merino fibre which is used in the manufacture of fine Italian suits.

    As you crest the rolling hills to the east of Alexandrina, the amazing turquoise blue of Lake Tekapo appears. The lakes rare colour is caused by a suspension of glacial rock particles or 'flour' in the water which reflects light from the sky.

    Turning to the south, you meander through fields and tussock country before climbing the North end of Mount John. Here you will pause at a hitching rail for photos of the lake and mountains before riding along the lake shore towards the village.

    Your final stretch is a gentle ride through pine and larch forest back to the trekking centre where you will be able to relax before moving on.
    On the Day

    Session Length

    Half Day Treks available on demand, departing at 9.30am and 1.30pm any on any day from the first weekend in November through to the first weekend in May. Please arrive at the trekking centre at least 20 minutes prior to departure time to allow for briefings and preparation. Bookings essential.

    Numbers on the Day

    Minimum number for trip to run is 2 people. Maximum group size per guide is 6 under IHLP rules. We do not offer unguided treks.


    Weather extremes are common in this mountain area. If weather conditions prevent the commencement of a ride, it will be rescheduled for a later time or another day.

    Dress Code

    Wear ‘closed toe’ footwear ie; shoes, light boots etc, and comfortable trousers or jeans. A warm, waterproof jacket should be taken on the advice of the guide and sunscreen, lip salve, and a water bottle are advised. Safety helmets provided must be worn by riders at all times whilst mounted.

    Other Info

    The supplier has been audited by the International League for the Protection of Horses (IHLP) and is recognised as an 'IHLP Approved Facility'. Guides have the authority to terminate a ride at any stage due to safety, environmental, or equine welfare concerns.
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    Some experience required. You must identify any medical or physical special needs when booking, your suitability will be advised at that time. Minimum age is 10yrs, however, exceptions can be made on a case by case basis, dependant on size and experience of the child. Upper weight limit 110kg.