Country International Offers Two New Equestrian Vacations in New Zealand
NYMarch 1, 2004Cross Country International is pleased
to offer two new equestrian trail riding vacations in New Zealand
in 2004 the South Pacific Beach Trail and the Horseback Safari
Zealand is one of the best countries in the world for riders,
said Karen Lancaster, President of Cross Country International.
The horses are wonderful, the terrain is open and rolling,
the weather is perfect and there are many equestrian activities
New Zealands South Pacific Beach Trail
The South Pacific Beach Trail takes guests to some of the finest
beaches in the world, through exotic forests and over historic farmlands
on New Zealands North Island. Guests reside at the Homestead
at Puketiti Station, located at the base of a prominent local landmark,
for the full duration of their trip. Several species of trees originating
from many different parts of the world surround the Homestead, including
an impressive grove of Californian Redwoods.
levels of riders, from beginners to professionals, will enjoy themselves
on this ride as they travel through the remote mountain country
of the North Islands east coast. The local Maori culture exudes
a kind, pioneering spirit that makes this New Zealand experience
intriguing and unforgettable. Rides take guests to beautiful beaches
that are not only famous for their great surf, but for their abundance
of marine life as well. While passing remnants of the early settlements
of what was once a thriving hub of the New Zealand lamb trade, riders
immerse themselves in the countrys exciting and historic culture.
relaxing at the Homestead guesthouse, vacationers can gaze out over
the 7,000-acre sheep and cattle station that has been in operation
for over 150 years. Although the farms facilities have been
modernized over the years, it is still family-owned and operated
and showcases many examples of pioneering buildings and machinery.
price of New Zealands South Pacific Beach Trail is $1,395
per person and includes six nights guesthouse accommodation, five
days of guided trail riding and partial transportation to and from
the Homestead. Session dates for 2004 are February 16-22, March
22-28, April 5-11, September 13-19 and October 11-17. Non-riding
activities include sightseeing, hiking, fishing, surfing, swimming,
biking and sailing.
Zealands Horseback Safari Trail
Taupo, one of New Zealands most popular outdoor destinations,
is now the home of Cross Country Internationals new Horseback
Safari. Located in the heart of New Zealands central North
Island, the area on the shores of Lake Taupo is known for its incredible
scenery, adventure tourism, geothermal activity and pristine snow-capped
Tongariro National Park, located just a couple of miles south of
Lake Taupo, became the set of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Taupos
natural steaming craters, boiling mud pools, and sulfuric pools
and hot springs all added to the magic of the film.
Safari Trail rides will take guests from their home base, a working
ranch near Taupo, through native bush country, populated with a
variety of native birds, deer, wild turkey, ducks and pheasants.
The 2,500-acre ranch is a working dairy, sheep, beef, and horse
farm that allows riders to watch and take part in many of its daily
activities. Guests will be invited to participate in activities
such as sheep mustering, shearing and wool production. Observing
and assisting with these duties will offer guests a farm-life
English or Western tack may be used as riders travel the country
side on sturdy Western-trained Quarter Horses, English-trained Thoroughbred
crosses and ponies suitable for young, aspiring riders. Along the
trails are optional jumps and the open land and rolling hills make
for exhilarating gallops. Guests will ride to Lake Taupo to take
an afternoon dip and relax with a delicious picnic lunch.
Zealands Horseback Safari Trail offers four different sessions
during 2004: March 29-April 4, April 19-25, September 20-26 and
October 18-24. The price of this safari is $1695 per person and
includes six nights guesthouse accommodation, all meals, and five
days of trail riding. Non-rider activities include biking, fishing,
boating, sailing, hunting, hiking, golfing, kayaking, white water
rafting, geyser treks, and jet skiing.
For more information about Cross Country International and its New
Zealand vacation opportunities please visit www.equestrianvacations.com
or call (800) 828-8768.