Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking is owned and operated by Sarah Simpson. Sarah lives on Balmoral Station, a 10,000-hectare high country Merino, deer, and cattle station run by her husband Sam. This is where the Horse trekking is fortunate enough to be based. She adores showing off this spectacular landscape and it's breathtaking views to those who visit.
Sarah has ridden horses for over 20 years and has successfully competed to a high level in eventing and show jumping, she considers herself extremely lucky to be able to combine her passion for horses with her passion for this amazing area that we trek across.
Sarah and her experienced guides will make sure your horse trekking experience is not to be forgotten!
We have covered the most frequently asked questions below.
If you would like to know anything else, please contact us here.
What should I wear?
Please wear long pants and closed in shoes e.g. Sandshoes/sport-shoes/boot (with no heel, etc.). This is most important. Bring a warm jacket if weather is looking cooler.
Do you provide helmets?
Yes, we have helmets in all sizes and these are compulsory to wear.
Should I bring my camera?
Definitely! The scenery is amazing and well worth taking photos as we ride.
I have never ridden a horse before, does this matter?
Our horses are very quiet so you will be perfectly safe. We provide a demonstration before you get on your horse. We take care to match the horse with your ability.
Do you do shorter rides for small children?
Yes, we offer our 1/2 hour ride through a forest for small children, however if your child is 4 years of age and under then they are too young to come on a trek. We can however give them a pony ride around the immediate area.
What time should I arrive for my trek?
Please arrive 15mins before your trek time, ie. 9:30am trek time = 9:15am arrival time. If a large group is booked, please arrive 30mins before your trek time. This allows for gear fitting and a brief demonstration. If you are travelling by bus and require a transfer from your accomodation, please be ready and waiting at reception 10 minutes prior to your trek time.
I am an experienced rider, can we canter and gallop?
The nature of the alpine terrain that we are trekking across (hilly, rocky, rough and winding) does not allow us to go at a fast pace, we are best suited to riding at the walk (for your sake and the sake of your horse!). If you are going after a fast, flat horse trek then this probably isn't for you, however if you are after a fantastic and relaxing way to get amongst some of New Zealand's most spectacular high country, this is the place!
How do I make payment?
Payment can be made on the day via card only, while we are in Level 2.
Do you have a weight limit?
Yes, our weight limit is 105 kgs, please advise us if you are over 90kg
Do I have to wear a mask?
We please ask that you wear a mask on arrival and checking in. We also ask you to keep your mask on through the seated demonstration and while being put on your horse. You can then remove your mask while we are out riding.
I am unvaccinated, can I participate?
No, safety of our staff and other riders is of utmost importance to us.
Am I able to ride with my young child on the same horse?
No, for health and safety reasons we insist parents and children have seperate horses. We have horses suitable for children, and the safest option is for them to be lead by the guide.
Are COVID-19 vaccine passports required?
Yes, we require you to supply your vaccine passport at time of booking.