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Address: Coll St | Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand
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+64 3-442 5688
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•Stunning scenery and river crossings on horseback• Visit Lord of the Rings...

•Stunning scenery and river crossings on horseback• Visit Lord of the Rings and Hobbit filming locations by 4wd •Options for experienced and beginner riders•All gear provided - Drizabone coats, boots, gloves and safety helmets•Fully trained, experienced guides •At least 1 guide to every 5 riders •One of Queenstown’s best value activities

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2 hour river ride

Went here today with my son for the two hour river trek. Totally awesome experience from the moment we arrived. Great staff, amazing horses, (Seth and Manuel), and breathtaking... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here today with my son for the two hour river trek. Totally awesome experience from the moment we arrived. Great staff, amazing horses, (Seth and Manuel), and breathtaking scenery in which to ride. Cannot thank of praise you guys enough. Cheers

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I took part in the ride of the rings which is a 1 hour ride followed by a 4x4 drive to Paradise to see some of the LOTR scenes. This is very much for beginners and I would have liked a slightly more challenging ride but this was available at a days notice so I went with it. Pick up... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked river wild tour. Well organised, checked in and picked up gear and then driven to site with horses, then all allocated horses and went on our way. We were a mixed ability couple with one of us very experienced and the other only ridden a couple of times. The standard was therefore perfect for us as we only walked... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We rode on the River Wild ride with Catlin and Rebeca. They were great! The ride was good fun and the area is magnificent! The horses were a bit slow but that gave us time to look around more. The day was hot and beautiful.

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Kia Martic, thank you for your review. I will pass along your feedback to Katelyn and Rebecka. Pleased that the weather on the day you were here was good. Na Tom More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was really looking forward to this activity, I love horse riding (a couple of days previous I did a trek at The Cardrona in Wanaka which was spectacular so made me really excited about this one) and I'm a huge Lord of the Rings fan so was looking forward to seeing the scenery. The 4x4 trip was ok, we... More 

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Kia ora and thank you for taking the time to review Dart Stables. I apologise that the weather did not play ball for your drive, in the mountains the weather can change really quickly. I am happy that the guides were able to give you some interesting lesser known stories about LOTR however. I am sorry you did not find... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Dart Stables back in May 2015 with a group of friends and we had an amazing time. The scenery was breathtaking and was able to tour areas where lord of the ring had been filmed. I know that Dart do not have access now to some of those areas as they sold on some land, and we were... More 

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Kia ora, thank you for your review. So pleased you enjoyed your trip, some of the horses are a bit cheeky, just like any group of boys! Very pleased you enjoyed you guide too, all of our guiding team are highly trained. Come back and see us again soon. Na Tom More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did The River Wild last Friday. My fiance hasn't ridden in about 10 years, and I'm a moderate rider myself and we had a great experience! They gave us horses that matched our abilities well (Ricky is a cheeky horse!). We weren't able to canter but they let us know that in advance and we did a lot of... More 

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Kia ora and thank you for taking the time to review Dart Stables. Fantastic that you had a great time. Ricky is a cheeky boy for sure! Glad you enjoyed your trip out with him. Come back and see us all again soon! Na Tom More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very disappointed in this stable. We are a family of 6 who can all ride. We booked the river ride as on the website it states that there are opportunities to canter as long as the guide is satisfied with your ability to ride. This statement is so wrong and misleading. There ended up being 10 riders and 2 guides.... More 

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Kia ora, thank you for taking the time to review your trip at Dart Stables. The river wild is our mixed ability ride and it sounds like there were some mixed abilities on your ride. We ride in a line as do most trekking centres to discourage racing amongst the horses. Your position in the line is carefully selected based... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I was very lucky to have this ride to myself with just my guide Lindsay. The scenery really is something else, i think I've fallen in love with Glenorchy. I'm an experienced rider and horse owner and was paired with a horse who requires an experienced rider. I was warned this horse could be strong, however I ride European style... More 

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Kia ora and thank you for your review, The trilogy loop is the jewel in our crown, the ride for our very experienced riders. I am glad you had a great time, come back and see us soon. I agree Glenorchy is a special place! Na Tom More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

My second time doing the two hour long wild water ride. I came feb last year for the same ride and absolutely enjoyed it. This time I'm with my parents visiting queens town and booked the same ride. I learned that the business changed owners a few months ago and there's certain a few changes to the business operation for... More 

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Kia ora Cecilia, Thank you for your review. I am glad you came back to visit us again! Repeat customers, that's great! I am happy you all enjoyed your experience in our beautiful workplace. Cant wait to see you back again soon! Na Tom More 

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