Horse Riding through fields of lupins

Each Decemeber, the fields near Queenstown and Glenorchy come to life with the most amazing colours – purple, pink and white lupins begin to bloom and despite being considered a weed here in New Zealand, in many other countries they are a protected species.

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This is my favourite time of year to visit Glenorchy and Paradise, and the perfect excuse to go horse riding through the Rees Valley with High Country Horses.

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I have been horse riding with High Country twice now and both times, the scenery did not disappoint. Every direction you look toward offers a different alpine backdrop.

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We chose the Rees River Trail trek which is the perfect half day option, taking you through the lupin fields, rivers and baron river beds.

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There were plenty of opportunity to trot and even canter at points, although this will depend on the ability of the riders in your group.

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The Glenorchy region is famous for its rich history and filming locations for Lord of the Rings movies.

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I rode a beautiful chestnut horse called Paddy, who a 10 year old ex-hunting horse. He was the perfect match for me and I was so happy being in his presence.

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The river crossings were one of the highlights of our journey!

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