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Just 45 minutes from Queenstown, at the head of Lake Wakatipu lies Glenorchy, gateway to New Zealand's Mount Aspiring National Park. It's a place of stunning beauty, immortalized in the world of famous Lord of the Rings trilogy, and it's the home of Dart Stables.
Since 1992 Dart Stables has offered horseback riders a range of experiences from short treks across the Dart and Rees rivers to day long rides up to the beautiful and tranquil Paradise Valley.
Dart Stables have exclusive horse riding rights to Paradise station which was chosen by Peter Jackson as the location for several scenes from the Lords of The Rings trilogy, including Isengard, Amon Hen and "The Death of Boromir" scene from The Fellowship of The Ring film.
Dart Stables offers a variety of riding options to suit everyone, from first timers to those who have been riding all their life! To ensure clients enjoy themselves regardless of their ability, we provide a guide to client ratio of at least 1 to 5.
Our team of experienced guides will assess each client's riding experience and ability when allocating horses, and instruction will be provided to first timers or to those less experienced. Our guides are keen to instruct those willing to learn and will provide every opportunity for the experienced to ride to their own ability. Please note for the health and well being of our horses there is a weight limit of 95kg (210lbs or 15 stone).
"Join us for a horse riding experience you'll remember for a lifetime. Our team compromises over 50 horses. We spend a lot of time with them assessing their capabilities and personality, so that we can provide a suitable match for each rider. Clients are constantly amazed at the condition and quality of our horses and the beauty that surrounds us. Most say they have never expereinced better. I hope that you will join us and agree."
- Peter Davies, Director - Dart Stables