Lake Ohau Luxury Trail
- Duration: 3 Days (approx.)
- Location: Lake Ohau
- Product code: LOLT
History of this location: Lake
Ohau Station was named in 1859 by Ronald McMurdo and his brothers George and
Edmund Hodgkinson, who first settled at Benmore Station in 1857. It is an iconic
working station in the infamous Mackenzie basin, steeped in pioneering history.
Hopeful run owners tried and failed to tame the land many of whose names are
woven into the locations we will ride, including (Herbert Maitland)
Note: This history is extracted from Frugal Country and Hard on the
Boots by Eileen McMillan.
This land is called “high country” because it is located at 550m up to 2100m above
sea level. The station is 8322 hectares and runs around 5000 merino sheep and
Angus cattle. We will be riding in a dramatic landscape with mountains
surrounding us and flanking our trail. This is the heart of the Southern Alps
NZ and the original gateway to Aorangi “Mount Cook”
Suited to riders with good levels of fitness, this is a wonderful trail for whanau "family" and
friends to escape to.
Bunk rooms for 6 >8 people, each bunk has its own pod area with usb
Large lounge with open fire
Laundry with attached drying room
Hot showers, flushing toilets
Extensive decking to enjoy the breath-taking panoramic views
Your Adventure begins
Due to the early start of this trail, it is recommended that riders stay in
Queenstown on the evening before the trail commences.
Riders will be picked up from your accommodation in Queenstown or en-route to Lake
Ohau. Our driver will pick up in Cromwell and Omarama as he travels through to
Day 1_Transportation to Trail:
Mike begins picking up from 7am onwards
(he will make personal contact with you to arrange your personal times and
-You arrive at the beautiful Lake Ohau quarters nestled on the banks of Lake
Ohau for morning tea and safety briefing. Change into your riding clothes;
gather up your packed lunch, camera and saddlebags and then you will be
transported to meet your personal adventure horse at Lake Ohau Station sheep
yards, 5 mins away from the Quarters.
Day 1 _ 4.5 >5 hours riding
_Exploring Maitland track,
Today’s ride offers incredible views of Lake Ohau, as we head across Lake Ohau Station
and along the lower Maitland valley track in the Ruataniwha Conservation Park.
Cut into the heart of the mountains; look down into the Maitland stream and the
stunning beech forests that cover the Maitland Valley.
Snow-capped mountains bless us with their beauty in the spring and autumn. With rolling
tussocks curillin blue sky reflected in the Lake it is a dramatic and
breath-taking location to ride.
Then we ride home to the warmth and comfort of the beautiful Lake Ohau Quarters with
the hot tub bubbling on the deck for you to enjoy.
Enjoy afternoon tea, hot showers, read a book or a good chat with fellow riders while
we cook you a beautiful 2 course dinner with farm fresh locally sourced
This location is part of/close to the Aoraki Mackenzie
International dark sky reserve. There is little if any light pollution which
means that we can enjoy the incredible star laden skies. The stillness of the
mountains and the intensity of the stars is such a beautiful relaxing
environment to enjoy.
Day 2 _5 1/2 >6 hours riding_ Exploring the
Temple conservation area
After a full farm breakfast, lunches packed and we will be transported to our horses by
the lovely Mel of Lake Ohau Quarters.
Our Adventure Horses will be saddled and ready to go we enjoy wonderful elevated
views into the South Temple Valley which is an attractive side valley of the
As we climb we thread in and out of stunning New Zealand Native beech forest. The track
sidles close to the river with tussock clearings. We will be lunching at an
attractive high country hut before making our way back down and returning to
our accommodation for the evening.
Enjoy afternoon tea on the deck overlooking Lake Ohau or relaxing in the hot tub
soaking up the beauty of this location or a good book snuggled by the warmth of
the open fire.
Tonight, we feast on high country salmon sourced locally; it is wonderful to embrace the
high country life with recipes and ingredients from this magnificent location.
Day 3_5 > 6 hours riding_ Exploring the
picturesque Huxley Valley
After enjoying our breakfast together, tucker boxes packed into our saddle bags we
are transported to meet our adventure horses as our day begins.
The Huxley River flows into the larger Hopkins River and river flats, we are
exploring this intimate bush clad valley with tracks that thread through beech
forests and attractive huts.
We find a beautiful location to enjoy lunch before heading back to our
accommodation for the evening.
Afternoon tea & nibbles are provided; relax whilst we cook your final dinner for the
evening in this magnificent mountain soaked location.
We enjoy a two course dinner together, which is generally a Kiwi farm style
Sing around the open fire or relax into the hot tubs the choice is entirely yours.
Day 4_ Returning to Queenstown
Mike will return to pick you up at 10am
and will aim to have you in Queenstown by 1:30pm.
This itinerary maybe subject to change due to weather conditions, farming
operations or circumstances outside of our control. The Health and Safety of
you, our staff and horses is of paramount importance. The High Country is an
incredible location that is ever changing and we respect and move within those
limitations. At these times, it is the trail boss that will make those changes on trail.