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High Country Horses with Steve Gurney

I'm about to do something truly special. I'm going to High Country Horses who offer the most unique horse riding experience on the planet, among the incredible scenery of Middle Earth.

I'm heading out on one of their overnight adventures, traveling deep into the dark valley, through New Zealand backcountry and into untouched native beech forest. In fact this very piece of native beech forest here was so stunning, they used it for Lord of the Rings filming.

So Casey, what scene did they film here?

"Over on our left, they did the Battle of Amon Hen - the end of the first film."

And there you go, and tonight we'll be camping right on the edge of the Mount Aspiring National Park.


No matter what your ability level or schedule, you can enjoy one hour trips through to four day adventures, offered exclusively in over 100,000 acres of mind blowing back country terraign.

They offer the highest elevation riding in Queenstown, as well as the only place in the world where you can ride the full circumference of a mountain.

What an amazing day that was! I've ridden some of New Zealand's most stunning scenery, to here, a real authentic back country hut, with venison on the fire and a glass of wine.


This sort of trip creates a lasting impression. I can't think of a better way to discover Glenorchy - its history, its personality - and fall in love with the back country of New Zealand in the trip with the team at High Country Horses.

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