Dart Stables

Dart Stables

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Quentin Vercamer

France

Ranking: 7/10

The 'Ride of the Rings' was a very good experience: after 1 hr 30 minutes riding in the Dart River Valley, an interesting 4WD tour on many sets of LOTR movies. Funny comments and very friendly guide!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in March 2017

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Jan Kerkhof

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

we did the river wild, great experience for absolute beginners and riders with more experience, each rider got a horse that suited him/her,
great landscape

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Jasmine Rogers

England

Ranking: 8/10

Huge, sweeping landscapes that you really could not see on foot. Great horse tips and great humour when keeping us in the saddle.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago and experienced in November 2016

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Kaitlyn

Canada

Ranking: 5/10

Went in one of their full day tours. Did the Ride of the Rings and River Wild options. Ride of the Rings was mediocre at best. It starts out with a 4wd tour of some of the local filming locations for Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit and Wolverine. They don't stop for very long at each location and they don't bring you in to see the location close up, you can only stand at the roadside and see it from a distance. The tour ends off with a horse tour of the dart river area, which was nice with great scenery, but no relation to the lord of the Rings series as they imply on their website. They also state that the River wild has ties to lord of the Rings, but it doesn't. It's basically just a two hour version of the first horse tour. On the first tour the ride was nice and the horses well behaved, but on the second I was not impressed. One person from our group ended up in the dart river because the guides told us to cross the river in the wrong spot and I was almost thrown from my horse (who was skittish and behaved badly the whole 2 hours) at one point and incurred a hand injury as a result. The guides both seemed to try to ignore that it even happened and just moved on with the tour. Was not pleased and I would not recommend this tour to anyone who is looking for a Lord of the Rings tour, use Nomad Safaris instead.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Chris

New Zealand

Ranking: 1/10

Was not impressed with their rules about weighing people to make sure they are under 95 kilos. It should be stated on their brochures that they do this. It's not good practice in my opinion.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Tabea

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Exploring New Zealand's beautiful nature on a horse back was relaxing. Breathing the fresh air and just enjoying the pureness of the country.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Eileen Klinkmuller

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Did two tours, first one was for total beginners! I did not enjoy it (I am a horse instructor in Germany). Second tour was awesome, I was allowed to canter on m own apart from the group.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Barbara

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

I did two rides in one day. I am an experienced rider. My first ride was along the Dart River up to Mt Albert with some river crossings. The second one was up at Paradise. Staff and horses are really good. Horses can be used for beginners as well.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Laure Cops

Belgium

Ranking: 10/10

Very good horses. beautiful walk!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Wouter Vanmoz

Belgium

Ranking: 9/10

Very good guides. Horses also very good (not the skittery types). Very beautiful scenery (Glenorchy).

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Claudia Hillebrand

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very enjoyable ride, qualified guides, horses in very good condition, level customised according to skills of every person. Would definitely recommend this tour.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Iris Anette Berger

Norway

Ranking: 10/10

The crew was so friendly and made us feel welcome. I have not been riding that much, but they gave me a horse that could fit and took good care of me. It was so fun! And our guide, Linsey, was such a smiling and lovely girl.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Shona MacDonald

Norway

Ranking: 9/10

Very friendly guide - Lindsey. Felt safe, safe horses. I am quite an inexperienced rider and she customised the trip for us. Lovely scenic ride through the Dart River Valley - Glenorchy.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Sofia Anderson

Sweden

Ranking: 8/10

Very scenic ride, could have been more advanced.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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Philipp Haass

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Good value. Rode 1.5 to 2 hours through an area called Paradise. It did indeed live up to it's name. Group size was a bit big-12 people.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Lee Kum NGO

Singapore

Ranking: 10/10

We had the most awesome horse ride with one of the most splendid sight on planet earth. Must go place as the view is truly worthwhile.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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James Darren Tennant

Ireland

Ranking: 10/10

Another excellent experience.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Abee and Suess

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

The Trilogy Loop - best for experienced riders in Glenorchy.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Marcel & Kim Meichtry

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Friendly people, comfortable horses, great scenery and small groups.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Balonno

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

The guide was great. But the other staff members were bossy and arrogant.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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nathan_carr

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

The weather on the day was pretty awful and I was not kitted out for it. It would have been a pretty wet and cold old day if it wasn't for the friendly welcoming ladies and gents at dart stables who leant me a woolly vest, hat gloves and waterproofs! thanks guys! the horse trek was really fun, It was my first time riding a horse and it went fine! Yogi (my horse) was really laidback and easy to get along with and our Guide was entertaining and really looked after us. The weather didn't matter in the end, I had great fun in amusing company!

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Ellie Thompson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Exhilerating. Two hour trek with amazing scenery. Good value for money.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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LandJ

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Well organised. Enthusiastic and friendly.

First time on a horse and can still feel the pain, but the guides were very supportive and we felt totally safe.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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taniadeanryanbrittany

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Had a great tour.The tour guide was excellent.So informative. Spectacular scenery and loved the water crossing on horseback.Would recommend this tour to anyone, even to people that have never ridden a horse before as the horses are matched to each rider based on their riding ability.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Leontine van Laar

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Horse riding in Glenorchy. Beautiful trip and good equipment. Very nice to ride through the river!! Scenic views.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago

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Nicky and Andy Prescott

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely horses, spectacular scenery, well organised. More expensive than most but worth the money.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Anna

France

Ranking: 8/10

I did the Trilogy Loop. The horses were great (Ginger is lovely!), the scenery is stunning and our guide was very friendly. It was probably my best horsetreck ever!
We were a small group of experienced riders (only 6, including the guide), which was perfect! We did a lot of river crossing and of cantering.

BUT...
They describe it as a 3 to 3,5 hour ride but we rode only 2,5 hours. And, last but not least, at the end of the ride, we had to hurry and jump into the van that took us back to Queenstown. Instead of dropping us at our hotels/hostels were they had picked us up the same morning, they dropped everyone in the center of Queenstown without telling us before. That was not nice at all. It felt a bit like "now we got your money, we don't care"... tsst tsst tsst.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Jackie

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Horseriding. I did the river wild, which is good for beginners w/ a little bit of trot and cantering. Very nice horses, some of them have been part of LotR. Nice guides.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago

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Martina Bumiller

Germany

Ranking: 5/10

Too expensive!!! The tour took 5 hours but we spent 3 hours in a car!! The horse riding was only 1 hour!!!

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Samantha Williams

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Had a great day out. Rode the Loop and Rings today. 3hour fast canter ride in the morning with a 1.5hour slow ride in the afternoon. Two different horses and two completely different rides. Got shown where scenes of Lord of the Rings was filmed and both tour guides were very knowledgeable!

Reviewed about 11 years ago

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rosil

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Nice day and nice spot (Lord of the Rings Tour) but 2hr drive and only 1hr horse ride.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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Zoe Summers

England

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely staff & beautiful horses! I went for the day & did 2 rides (can't remember which 2 now) but they were fab. As an experienced rider, your heart sinks when you're told you're going with novices, but actually it ended up being awesome! I was allowed to go off and have a few canters/gallops - told where to start/stop etc & then in the afternoon ride was trusted to escort for a bit as the others were having a few problems! Was even offered a job there! absolutely stunning scenery, completely breathtaking!!!

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in September 2008

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DustyLaptop

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Glenorchy is a beautiful little town, familiar to the hiking crowd and Dart Stables is a great addition. The cost is affordable, without being a bargain or overly expensive, and the staff are relaxed and experienced, and perhaps just as laid back at Glenorchy itself. The horse, "The Jazzman", was capable and a little cheeky, but took direction well and was certainly safe. The ride was beautiful, along the river and around the surrounds, but perhaps moreso as the focus wasn't on some movie made nearly a decade ago now.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Lauren_D

United States

Ranking: 10/10

I am an experienced rider and did the Trilogy Loop ride. I was the only one in the group, which was nice. I loved that they offer trips for experienced riders, I don't think I would have enjoyed just walking. The guide was great and knowledgeable, and my horse for the day, Elvis, was great fun to ride. The scenery is absolutley breathtaking. This has been my favorite activity in New Zealand, would recommend it for both experienced and inexperienced riders.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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Robert

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

two hour ride. Guide was very thusiastic & wanted us both to be in comfort zone (different riding levels). Well behaved horses too!

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Thomas

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Luckily I had a private tour. But anyway it was very exciting & informative.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Jon

England

Ranking: 8/10

Nice staff, horses seemed looked after well & enjoyed the ride.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Wilco

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Great views, easy riding for beginners. Our guide was lovely & informative. Highly recommend.

Reviewed almost 13 years ago

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Anelia

New Zealand

Ranking: 2/10

I did the lord of the rings ride for 1 and 1/2 hours, most of the ride was in a bush, when we came out of the bush the scenery was great but that only lasted 5 minutes. The staff was friendly and informative, but the over all experience was a rip off. The land you ride on is privately owned by a trust so no other operators have access to this pirtucular spot were only 3 very small scenes of the lord of the rings was filmed so a bit of a monopoly. $155 in my opinion not worth it.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Kate

England

Ranking: 9/10

Ride of the Rings Tour. A great way to see the scenery from the Lord of the Rings - by horseback!

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Mike

Canada

Ranking: 9/10

Very scenic horse trek. I would have liked to have gone for longer!

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Christopher

Canada

Ranking: 8/10

Great horseback tours along scenic trails. Friendly staff and very enjoyable. Suitable for those that haven't ridden a horse before.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Arnaud Dionisio

France

Ranking: 8/10

My first horse ride and it was a beautiful site near Queenstown. Good commentary with guide and a reasonable price.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Tanja

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Worth the money!!

Reviewed over 13 years ago and experienced in April 2007

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Andy Chapman

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Everyone was really helpful.

Reviewed over 13 years ago and experienced in March 2007