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a breathtaking
high country experience


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 Horses by sharing the natural beauty in one of the most natural forms of transport available, in a saddle.

Reopen September 28th 2024



An easy ride through a pine forest.
This is suited for nervous beginners and children.
*Minimum age of 5 years
30 mins duration  / NZ $90 per person

* Children under 16 must have an adult accompany them on the trek



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.

*Minimum age of 6 years


1 hour duration  /  Adult NZ$180 Child NZ$160

* Children under 16 must have an adult accompany them on the trek


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.
(minimum 2 persons)
2.5 hour duration  /  Adult NZ$260**, Child NZ$240**

** Peak season prices 1 Dec - 1 April Adult $280, Child $260

* Children under 16 must have an adult accompany them on the trek


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)

Half Day (4hrs) / NZ$360** per person

** Peak Season prices 1 Dec - 1 April $380



Enjoy a unique trail riding experience in Lake Tekapo with our Horse Ride and Picnic package.

Our package  includes a 1-hour private trail ride (just you, your loved one and one of our awesome guides to show you the way) and a horseback photo shoot from Mt John overlooking the stunning turqouise waters of Lake Tekapo.

Specially prepared gourmet picnic hamper; with a complementary bottle of bubbles for you to enjoy at the conclusion of your ride.

Allow 3 hour duration  /  NZ$980 per couple

Available Mid November - Mid January
Extra riders can be added $200 per adult $160 per child
6 years minimum to participate in the trek part of the picnic


Mackenzie Alpine Horses 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 its breathtaking views to those who visit.



“Truly a fantastic experience. I would highly recommend booking a horse trek with Summer and the team. We have done a number of horse treks around the world, and this one was head and shoulders above all of them.

We will definitely be rebooking, soon!” 

L Thomas

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