Musterers' Mountain Pack Trail

Da NZD NZ$ 4.250,00
  • Durata: 6 Giorni (circa)
  • Luogo: St Bathans , Central Otago
  • Codice prodotto: MMPT

Suitable for people with good riding ability and

good levels of fitness and intermediate levels of riding ability. Not suitable for complete novice 

Please note: we have a
“clip on” trail the “Birchwood Station Boutique Trail
starts directly after this to allow our customers who love longer trails to
enjoy more time in the saddle (making a 9 day trail) there is a 15% on both
trails for those riders taking this option. (this is subject to availability) 

Riding Day 1 – Meet at 2pm Rowen Cottage, St. Bathan’s, Central Otago

2 hours riding You will meet your tour guide and wranglers and luggage will be taken to
our accommodation for the evening. We will then introduce you to your horse
that will be saddled and ready for the afternoons ride in the surrounding St
Bathan’s area. This is to ensure that we have a happy relationship between
horse and rider. There will be opportunities to have a group photo outside the
historic hotel. On our return riders can enjoy some time in the beautiful
historic gold mining town. Many of the old mud brick buildings have been
restored or if you prefer a few drinks at the hotel. Dinner will be served at
our accommodation for the evening with drinks and nibbles followed by a hearty
home cooked feast.

Our accommodation for the evening is one of the historic cottages within the township.

Riding day 2 – 7 hours riding Look forward to a spectacular day as we crisscross the Dunstan River 24
times and make our way alongside this beautiful glacial river through St.
Bathan’s Station and into Dunstan Downs Station. This is a very good fly
fishing river and keen eyes may spot trout feeding in the many pools we view
along our trail. We will be following in the footsteps of the old gold miners
from the time of New Zealand’s gold rush. The old water races constructed by
the miners can be seen along the mountain ranges leading back to the Blue Lake.
This gives you a strong sense of history, as you start to understand the
numbers of men and women that lived and worked in this area and how difficult
life must have been for them, as they sought to make their fortune. Gold fever
can be a strong draw card however; the reality of this arid environment took
many lives.

As we ride up the valley the majestic Old Man peak stands in front of us (waiting for us
to conquer the following day.) Our accommodation for the evening is in “Fat
Mans Hut,” the original hut is over 100 years old and has been utilised by
Musters to tend their sheep. A new cook shop has been constructed alongside the
existing building which includes a welcome hot shower (high country style)
After dinner enjoy the most breath-taking display of stars, the lack of light
pollution makes the starlight very intense. Tents are offered here if people
would rather have their own privacy.

Riding day 3 – 9am – 8 hours riding

After a cooked breakfast with lunches packed we saddle up riding out of Fat Mans hut
and head onto the mountain track which leads us up Old Man Peak. This is the
highest stock pass in New Zealand at just under 6000 feet above sea. The
landscape on top is the nearest you will find to being on the moon. On a clear
day you can see the four highest peaks in New Zealand’s South Island, Aorangi
(Mount Cook) Mount Aspiring, Mount St. Bathan’s and Mount Tutoko, lakes Dunstan
& Pukaki. As we descend we enjoy views out towards the Southern Alps with
Mother Earth laid out before us like a patchwork quilt. We descend into the
Dunstan Downs cattle yard at 2000 feet to enjoy our lunch beside the Alpine
Lindis pass.

After lunch we cross the road, riding into Dalrachney Station. Here we ride along the river
filled with wild lupin’s and roses (depending on the time of year), painting
the landscape blue, pink and purple, (keep the camera handy it is a unique
feature of the McKenzie and Lindis pass area’s)

Leaving the river behind we begin our ascent on the steepest part of our trail. You will
begin to understand the type of horses you are riding as they are purpose bred
for this terrain. We are heading to our accommodation for the evening, at the Lindis
Ridge hut set high on the edge of the Southern Alps @ just under 5000feet above
sea. This site is looking out over typical, “Lord of the Rings” Country.

This hut has 10 bunks with two separate bedrooms, a long drop toilet, solar lighting and a log
burner, with a deck that faces out into the mountains and overlooking our
spectacular ride the following day. We enjoy nibbles, a glass of wine and a
hearty dinner.  

Riding day 4 - 3 1/2 hours riding

After a late breakfast, to allow us to take in the stunning mountain scenery which surrounds
the Lindis Ridge hut. We pack our lunch and descend down into the head of the
Lindis basin to our accommodation for the evening, ”Burnt Bush hut.” This is an
old musters hut set in the bush next to mountain stream. This is a short day to
enable the riders and horses to rest before tomorrow’s stunning and dramatic
ascent to the top of Mount Prospect. Tents will be erected at this site as the
hut is a six bunk accommodation.

For those riders who enjoy walking and observing Alpine plant life, this is a great
opportunity to do so. This location is filled with unique New Zealand flora and


Tonight we enjoy a hearty back country meal flanked by the Southern Alps.

 Riding day 5 – 7.5 hours riding

Today is one of the trail bosses favourite days riding; enjoy a day filled with mountain scenery on horseback,
second to none in New Zealand. You can be forgiven if your mind tells you that you are riding through the Rocky Mountains
in USA or Mongolian mountain ranges (without the worry of grizzly bears or
mountain lions).

Breakfast over, pack horses loaded and horses saddled we forge even deeper into the
mountain ranges. Today is filled with adventure as we follow old pack trails around
the side of Mount Prospect.  Our trail
leads us over shingle slides and through snow fed creeks.  Here keen eyes may spot Shammy (Chamois -an agile goat/ antelope with short
hooked horns)
and Himalayan Tahr (is
associated with wild goats from the Himalayas in southern Tibet
).  We cross two mountain ridges before
descending into native beech forest and bush arriving in Timaru Creek where we
will have our lunch. (we are extremely high in the mountains on this day, if
the weather is adverse as mountains can be, the trail can be changed for safety
reasons, with nonetheless dramatic scenery with less riding time at high

Tummies full, we begin the second half of our days ride along the side of Timaru Creek,
looking up into the rock formations that we have ridden before lunch. Our trail
takes us up and over the Mount Martha saddle which is part of the famous “Te
Areroa trail” Our accommodation for the evening is the Longslip
Station cattle yards. Our accommodation for this evening is Birchwood Station
Homestead, a beautifully restored historic building. Soft beds, electric
blankets, a snug lounge, hot showers, flushing toilets, a laundry, large
kitchen and formal dining room to welcome us.

Dinner tonight will be a traditional Kiwi barbecue 

Riding day 6 – 6 hours riding

Breakfast over; lunches packed we begin our last day’s equine adventure. Heading towards the
Ahuriri River we ride alongside a safaris park which is filled with Red, Fallow and Wapiti stags with heads full of impressive antlers. We ride through many
small streams, this is Merino sheep country whose fine wool has made New Zealand famous. Often the station is mustering the sheep whilst we ride through
which a wonderful site to see, shepherd and his dog is working together.

Today we will enjoy views of the Ahuriri conservation park. As we head to the end of our
ride at the Historic Ahuriri River Lodge our accommodation for the evening.
This beautiful homestead has been renovated but has retained its historic

Accommodation has hot showers and a comfy bed, electricity. We share a glass of wine and the
stories of our adventures in the Southern Alps over our home cooked Kiwi dinner,

Day 7 – Final day, after breakfast you will be picked up by Bus and returned to
Queenstown Airport or your accommodation.