Queenstown, South Island

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Girl with her horse at Ben Lomond Horsetreks Queenstown

Moke Lake and Ben Lomond Horsetreks Queenstown

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Ben Lomond Horsetreks Queenstown

Splashing through rivers at Ben Lomond Horsetreks Queenstown

Ben Lomond Horse Treks

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Ben Lomond Horse Treks

Ben Lomond Horse Treks - Summer Only

The whole family will love exploring NZ's most spectacular scenery on horseback. This trek has it all - stunning lake and mountain views, splashing through rivers and plenty of flat terrain if you want have a canter! No experience necessary – our family-friendly treks are suitable for children/adults of all abilities and younger children can have their own guide to lead them. Treks depart just 20 minutes from Queenstown but you'll find yourself in another world! Ride from 45mins, 1 1/2, 2 hours to a half or full day. Read on for our most popular trip options.

* From just $89 for 45mins or $99 for 1.5hrs in the saddle
* Only 20 minutes and 15km from the center of Queenstown
* Free transportation from town 

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Scenic ride

Our 45 minute Scenic trek is perfect for families, beginners and people after a unique photo opportunity. This relatively flat trek crosses through beautiful farm land with river crossings for added excitement, and finishes on the shore of picturesque Moke Lake.

Pick up times: 3pm & 4.15pm
Duration : 45min trek
Allow an extra hour for the trip : drive 45min return, 15min for a safety demo and introducing guests to their horses, fitting helmets, …
Price : $89
Minimum age: 5 years

Moke Lake Horse Trek

A gentle, walking paced hack through a beautiful working farm. Riding past Merino sheep and Angus cattle so close you could almost touch them and finishing the trek along the shore of Moke Lake for that perfect photo opportunity. With plenty of river crossings to add to the adventure, this trek is perfect for beginners and families with younger children. Our well trained horses will look after family members as young as 5 years old. We can accommodate more experienced riders on this trek by splitting the group at the end of the ride.

Pick up times: 9am, 12 noon, 3pm
Duration 1.5hrs
Price: $99
Minimum age: 5 years

Gills Creek Trek

The perfect trek for mixed ability couples, groups and families with older children. Trekking up the valley towards the Old Gold Country with many river crossings and finishing at beautiful Moke Lake. Explore 35,000 acres of the most impressive farmland the district has to offer, with high mountains and pristine lakes surrounding you for a magical experience. Also great for experienced riders that don’t have the time for our longer trek.

Pick up times: 9am, 12 noon, 3pm
Duration 2 hours
Price: $130
Minimum age: 9 years

McConnochies Creek

A trek with a view! Climb high over the Moonlight Valley passing historical Gold Mining sites (try to spot the old stone cottages among the landscape).  Like going back in time to when the main mode of transport was on horseback. Multiple river crossings on the way back down the canyon with ample opportunity to go for a canter. Due to the high mountain pass this trek is only suitable for intermediate to advanced riders. This trek will leave you with a lasting impression.

Pick up times: 9am and 12noon
Duration 2.5 - 3 hours
Price: $190
Minimum age: 14 years

How to get There

Free courtesy vehicle
Our courtesy vehicle departs from The Station Information Centre as per times stated. 
Bookings essential.

Drive Yourself
Allow at least 20 mins: If you are driving yourself arrive at Moke Lake 9am, 12noon or 3pm (the same time as the ride you have booked).
Directions: Take the Glenorchy road out of Queenstown for just over 5km. Turn right onto Moke Lake Road  and drive for 9km until you reach the Moke Lake campsite. Note: The 2nd half of this road is gravel. Once at the campsite, follow the fence on the right and park along the fence. Step over it and come and say Hi to your horse - while you wait for the other riders to arrive.

What to Bring

We have half chaps, gloves, saddlebags, wet weather gear and helmets available. You will need to bring: water, long trousers/jeans, covered shoes, camera, sunscreen, snacks, a good sense of humour!

Extra Information

Our trips are very family-friendly.  Come out and meet some of the kids' favourite horses: Ted, Dude, Ben, Tigger and friends. Excellent horses for beginners, nervous or young riders - between them and our friendly guides, you will be well-looked after!  Children from 5yrs are welcome, for just $10 extra we can organize an extra guide to walk next to their horse for some extra security.
See more information on riding with Ben Lomond Horse Treks here >>

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Bookings and more information phone: 0800 236 566 (0800 BEN LOMOND)
www.nzhorsetreks.co.nz

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Our favourite destinations…

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Auckland

New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!

Wellington

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.

Christchurch

With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.

Queenstown

With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.

Rotorua

Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!

Northland

Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.