Dart Stables rides into a new era

Ngāi Tahu Tourism Chief Executive Quinton Hall with current Dart Stables owners, Peter and Jenny Davies.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism Chief Executive Quinton Hall with current Dart Stables owners, Peter and Jenny Davies.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism today signed an agreement to purchase Glenorchy’s premiere horse-trekking business, Dart Stables.

The purchase is an exciting investment for the iwi-owned company, which will become the full owner of Dart Stables, which in turn offers a variety of scenic horse-riding experiences.

The area in which Dart Stables operate is internationally recognised for its beauty and natural landscape. Customers visiting Dart Stables are able to ride uninterrupted from Glenorchy to the foot of Mt Alfred, and along and across the Rees River.

Ngāi Tahu Tourism chief executive, Quinton Hall, says the purchase is an ideal fit for the company and will enhance its iconic experiences in the Glenorchy region.

“We are really excited to acquire this well-known local business and continue our focus on making connections and delivering memorable experiences for our customers.

“The team at Dart Stables has an excellent reputation with customers and within the local community, and has access to some of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand. This is a unique opportunity for visitors to New Zealand,” he says.

Peter and Jenny Davies, current owner of Dart Stables say that after 21 years they are delighted to be handing over the reins to Ngāi Tahu Tourism.

“This has been a wonderful journey and I know Ngāi Tahu Tourism will take good care of the staff and horses that I’m leaving behind; and that they will also take commercial horse trekking to another level, says Peter.

Dart Stables has been operating in Glenorchy since 1992, and attracts more than 11,000 customers annually. The company has established a reputation for excellence in terms of customer service and is currently rated the number one horse riding business in Queenstown on Trip Advisor.