Birchwood Station Boutique Trail 2022 23

From NZD $2,350.00
  • Duration: 3 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Omarama
  • Product code: BSBT

Please note: If desired, this trail has been designed to “clip” onto the Musterer's Mountain Pack Trails” especially for our customers who love more time in the saddle

With stunning views of the Ahuriri Valley National Park

Riders will need to be in Queenstown the evening before this ride begins as we have an early start on the first day.

Day 1 –pickup in Queenstown at 8:00am delivered to Birchwood Historic Homestead at 10:30am

5 hours riding exhilarating mountain riding

Morning tea will be served at the homestead on your arrival. The horses are saddled and once we have packed our lunch boxes and cameras into the saddle bags, we are off on the first of our wonderful adventures into this picturesque National park. The mountains flank our trail making us feel very small in comparison as we head into the valley following the meandering Ahuriri River. Meeting the Dingleburn track we climb to the top of the Mnt Gladwish mountain range to a height of 1600 meters above sea, on an old four-wheel drive track. This is an exhilarating ride through native bush and into the high golden tussock to the top of the ridge. At the mountain peak we look down to the West, the Dingleburn River and Leaning Mnt (2097 meters above sea,) to North East we see the headwaters of the Ahuriri River and the Barrier mountain ranges stretching out before us. We enjoy lunch in this heady and breath-taking environment before heading back down the track following our footsteps to the homestead where hot showers and a nice glass of wine await us. Back at the homestead the horses enjoy a beautiful grassy paddock right outside the homestead so we can watch them all evening. Time to relax and enjoy wine and nibbles followed by a home cooked wholesome farm dinner and one of Angie’s famous deserts.

Day 2 – 6 ½ hours riding 9am start

A hearty cooked breakfast to set us up for the day, lunchboxes packed and cameras charged we head down to saddle up the horses. Todays ride see’s our adventure head deep into the magnificent Ahuriri Valley. Today we can trot along on a flat and well-marked track. The valley is filled with waterfalls and the glacial fed river tumbles its way over the river bed stones that the South Island is so famous for. This is an area where Department of Conservation have spent a great deal of time and money on the preservation of the Black Stilt. We will be sticking to the tracks to prevent any disturbance to these wonderful birds. DOC is doing such a wonderful job and the numbers of mating pairs has increased significantly under their care. After three and half hours we enjoy lunch at one of the many huts in the valley, boiling a billy for a nice hot cuppa.

We retrace our footsteps to the homestead, the view looking down the valley is so very different on the return journey in such imposing mountain country. Our second evening at the homestead sees us enjoy a Kiwi barbecue in this beautifully established garden with its natural landscape setting.

Day 3 – 5 ½ hours riding 8:30am start

After a home cooked breakfast, lunch boxes filled we saddle up and after crossing the beautiful Ahuriri River we make our way down the valley to today's destination the green lake at 1200 meters above sea. This is a beautiful crystal-clear tarn set in the heart of the mountains. Large trout cruise the edges of this wee tarn. There is a small bivi hut where we will enjoy our lunch and hot drinks. We enjoy outstanding views of the snowy gorge and surrounding snow-capped mountain ranges. After lunch we ride out of the mountains back to the homestead and enjoy our last wonderful evening together 

Day 4 @ 10 am the taxi driver will be waiting to take you back to your Queenstown destination.

Riders will reach Queenstown at approximately 12:30pm