high country experience
We are closed for winter from March 7th 2020.
We will re-open again in Spring.
The Mackenzie Country's Lake Tekapo contains some of New Zealand's most picturesque and natural scenery. Teal blue lake water and chiselled mountains are amongst Mackenzie's jewels.
Join Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking by sharing the natural beauty in one of the most natural forms of transport available, in a saddle.
Please Note: We are only taking horse trek bookings by arrangement over the 2020/21 season.
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An easy ride through a pine forest.
This is suited for nervous beginners and children.
30 mins duration / $55 per person
Consists of a gentle trek through larch and pine forest to the leading south ridge of Mt John, with fantastic views of Lake Tekapo and surrounding station country.
1 hour duration / Adult $95, Child $85
A stunning ride around the base of Mount John with a breathtaking view of the lake and, from the North end of the mountain, breathtaking views of the Alps and the huge expanse of the Mackenzie Country.
2 hour duration / Adult $150, Child $130
This is a ride that takes in the other rides features, but you get the chance to travel on horseback to Lake Alexandrina on the western side of Lake Tekapo. An absolute must for camera enthusiasts.
(Minimum 2 persons)
3.5 hr duration / $199 per person
Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking is owned and operated by Sarah Simpson.
Sarah lives on Balmoral Station which is where the Horse Trekking is based. She adores showing off this spectacular landscape and it's breathtaking views to those who visit.
— Linda, Auckland
"Being a Kiwi I've done a few horse treks around our beautiful country, but this has to be the BEST yet. With stunning scenery, good natured horses, and a friendly guide (Ginny), the two-hour trek I did around the MacKenzie country will stick with me forever. It topped off my week-long South Island sojourn and we were so lucky with stunning weather which enhanced the colours of Lake Tekapo and the mountainous terrain. This horse trek is a must-do and suits riders of all abilities! I will definitely be back!"