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Dart Stables

#43 of 142 Outdoor Activities in Queenstown Features Animals
Coll St | Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand
+64 3-442 5688
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Discrimination against height and weight; left without honeymoon tour

My fiance is a die hard Lord of the Rings fan and loves horseback riding, so I tried to book this... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Monterrey, Mexico
Gorgeous day

Such an incredible day! The views are just unbelievable, the staff friendly and knowledgable and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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•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
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good21%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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Coll St | Glenorchy, Queenstown, New Zealand
+64 3-442 5688

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Reviewed yesterday

My fiance is a die hard Lord of the Rings fan and loves horseback riding, so I tried to book this tour for our honeymoon; apparently the horses cannot carry more than 95kgs., my height being 1.95m and weighting 105kgs., they rejected me. I suggested...More

Thank DMaldo
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such an incredible day! The views are just unbelievable, the staff friendly and knowledgable and the horses very well looked after. They had us all ready with winter gear so we stayed warm and dry. Great trip, highly recommend for someone wanting a relaxing trip...More

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Vienna, Austria
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My sister and I did the Trilogy Loop with three other girls. Upon arrival we were told that it wouldn't be as fast as usually due to the wet ground. It was plainly obvious that you couldn't go very fast on the muddy paths. We...More

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Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Kia ora and thanks for your review. Saby is indeed a very good boy and a fairly recent addition to the team at Dart Stables. I am so glad to hear you guide looked after you during your experience with us. We pride ourselves on...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kids thought that this was great fun riding horses through rivers and through beautiful scenery. Well looked after with good supervision. Great fun all round. Thanks for all your help

Thank Chris D
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Kia ora Chris, Appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. Glad that the kids enjoyed themselves, quite the adventure for the youngsters! Tom

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first time horse riding in Queenstown. I did have high expectations for the scenery on our ride however I was a bit disappointed keep in mind the weather was very cloudy, windy and rainy so that was probably a huge factor (Obviously...More

Thank Natashaa1996
Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coorindator at Dart Stables, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia ora Natasha, Thank you for your review. We are glad you had a good experience considering the weather. It is unfortunate that at this time of year the weather has its moments and doesn't play its part. Our guides are very passionate about the...More

Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

We had a terrible experience here. We had a lot of experiences in Queenstown and this was by far the worst. The ride was incredibly boring, the horses moved very slowly. We did the ride thinking there would be beautiful views however it was foggy...More

1  Thank Jessica M
Kate_NTT_Southern, Marketing Coordinator at Dart Stables, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2017

Kia ora Jessica, It is with great disappointment that we read your review. Unfortunately at this time of year the weather can take some time to settle and for the cloud to lift. We sincerely appreciate your feedback regarding the wording on our website regarding...More

Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

I did a beginner ride but being experienced it was a bit boring and my horse was lazy, but for beginners I would highly recommend, plenty of instruction and guidance offered and the horses are gentle and calm. Amazing scenery.More

1  Thank LauraAndKyle
Management response:Responded 6 July 2017

Kia ora, We are disappointed to read your review, if you would like to discuss further please email us at info@dartstables.com. We love your recommendation – the Hobbits Hack tour is a delightful introduction to horse riding for first time riders and children, we do...More

Reviewed 1 July 2017

My wife and I had a fantastic experience on the Ride of the Rings horse riding tour. We caught the transfer bus from Queenstown to Glenorchy, which has some amazing scenery of the lake. From there, it we were fitted out with our horseriding boots...More

Thank AConway87
Management response:Responded 6 July 2017

Kia ora, Thank you for your review. We are glad you had a fantastic experience on your Ride of the Rings tour with Dart Stables. The scenery is quite spectacular isn't it, you can see why they used the area as the backdrop for so...More

Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

I did the trilogy ride through the dart valley, and wow what a place! I was lucky enough to have a guide to myself, and a great horse (Big). All the staff were really professional, the horses clearly very well cared for, and the ride...More

Thank foodietraveller160
Management response:Responded 23 June 2017

Kia ora, Thank you for your wonderful feedback, we're glad that you enjoyed the trek. Our horses are the most important part of our business so we do like to pamper them to bits, and Big is no exception, he is a lovely mannered horse....More

Reviewed 25 May 2017

My friend and I booked onto the Ride of the Rings trip and had a fantastic experience. Despite the freezing temperatures, our 4x4 guide Amy gave a really informative tour of some of the filming locations and was extremely personable and friendly. My friend had...More

Thank nicholpearson
Management response:Responded 2 June 2017

Kia ora and thank you for your review. Joyce and Amy are both very knowledgeable about the horses and Lord of the Rings movies respectively. Sully and Court are gentle boys who love to work. Always the first at the gate in the morning to...More

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Jade R
6 December 2016|
Response from Kiwionwheels | Property representative |
Kia ora Jade Normal Queenstown pick up at the Station is 8am and we drop you back off there at 1.30pm so its a total 5.5 hours including transfers. Long pants and sleeves with a wind breaking jacket (pockets for cell phone... More
6 February 2016|
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Response from rtibbs8 | Reviewed this property |
They will pick you up and drop you back in Qtown for a fee.