horse trekking at Moonlight Stables
At Moonlight Stables our aim is to make your experience as personal as possible. We ride in small groups where you do not have to follow in a line, our guides will encourage you to spread out, walk side by side with your friends or family, and takes pictures of the beautiful scenery .
We cater to all riding abilities from complete beginners, families with children to experienced riders. Everyone can choose their own pace, and have the opportunity to learn and improve their horse riding skills, or just enjoy the ride, and learn about the farm and local area.
On arrival at Moonlight Stables, you will meet the friendly guides and get fitted out with riding kit, including a safety helmet and boots, chaps and driza-bone jacket if needed. The guides will then match you up with a suitable horse, which is carefully chosen in relation to guest riding ability and size, and give you a comprehensive briefing on how to control, steer and ride your horse. Guests will then get a chance to practice controlling their horse before heading out onto Doonholme farm.
Doonholme farm is an 800 acre working deer and sheep farm, situated in the midst of the beautiful Wakatipu Basin, along the way you will see historic buildings, interesting landmarks, farm animals and local wildlife in their natural habitat.
We make our way onto the farm via the historic woolshed and original farmhouse. You will experience over rolling farmland, ponds, rivers and hills with breathtaking views of the Kawarau River, Remarkables Mountains and Queenstown.
The guest will be able to get up close and personal with our impressive heard of Wapiti deer and the very rare white Fallow deer that are famous for their moose like antlers. The Wapiti are pretty special and the size of the stags will surprise those who have not had the chance to see these magnificent animals in close proximity.
During the ride there is ample opportunity to pick up the pace and enjoy a trot, or if you’re an experienced rider, you can head off at your desired pace and meet up with the rest of the group at the lookout points.
Bring your camera to get some stunning pictures of you and your horse, the impressive deer and the breathtaking surroundings. On return to the stables guest can soak up the rural atmosphere, enjoy light refreshments before transferring back to Queenstown.
Doonholme Farm Ride:
· 1 ½ hour farm ride
· 9.30am, 1.30pm and 4.30pm
· Adult $120
· Child $95
River Rides: Available on request.
Private rides: Available on request.
At Moonlight we have excellent facilities for our horses and guests.
20 covered stalls to keep the horses cool or dry, depending on weather.
Tack room with everything from English to Western gear, boots, helmets and driza-bone jackets.
Coffee room where you can relax, chat and have a coffee or cold drink after the ride.
Big parking area with easy access for campervans and other vehicles.
Lawn with picnic benches overlooking the stables.
Beautiful photo opportunities available on site.