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Glenorchy Horse Riding

While in Queenstown, I went horse riding at Glenorchy, arranged with Dart Stables who came and picked up a group of us in town. It was a 45 minute scenic drive to the stables travelling along Lake Waktipu with a couple of photo stops along the way which was appreciated… I mean, look at this scene.

Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu

Lake Wakatipu

When we got to the stables we had the option of borrowing gear for the ride which was a good idea given the river crossings we would be making. I borrowed some gumboots and a big waterproof riding jacket – I felt like I was off on a mountaineering adventure, but better to be prepared than sorry (and wet and cold).

Glenorchy Horse Riding

I went on the two Hour ‘River Wild’ ride which was perfect for all riding abilities – especially beginners!

Glenorchy Horse Riding

It was breathtaking.

Glenorchy Horse Riding

We meandered along the northern part of Lake Wakatipu with a mountain range backdrop and lots of glacial river crossings.

Glenorchy Horse Riding

I rode a beautiful horse named Merlin – he was very kind, and only a little bit curious about wandering off the track a couple of times.

Glenorchy Horse Riding

The two female riding guides travelling with us were great, they kept all the horses happily in line and gave us plenty of instruction in regards to riding through the river crossings and how to lean backwards to make it easier for our horse.

Lake Wakatipu

I was just enthralled by the beauty of the mountains and the golden light.

Glenorchy Horse Riding

As the sun set the temperature dropped – my feet were so so so cold! My toes felt like little pebbles in my shoes by the time we got back – I couldn’t feel them at all, and that was with two pairs of merino socks on, so be warned if you read this ahead of doing the ride – rug up your feet!

Glenorchy Horse Riding

Totally worth it though!

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