With the combination of our extensive refurbishments and the magnificent setting we intend Grasmere to offer a "beautiful place" for weddings and other functions. Completion of the works is scheduled for later this year and then we should have a very special venue for events, activities, and - so importantly - memories. There is a lot to do in the high-country. From having a unique wedding or gathering, to 'chilling out' with a good book, to tackling some challenging skiing, Grasmere will be that rare place of romance, excitement, and recollections.
HORSE RIDING: On site we are currently able to arrange horse riding. Our riding instructors follow the method of Natural Horsemanship, aiming to encourage the horse to obey because it wants to, not through fear or pain. It is fascinating to talk about the philosophies behind this method of horse-handling. The horses are steady without being broken-down dude ranch nags, and they are very much individual personalities.
You'll be introduced to your horse by name and told its habits and characteristics. They are known in New Zealand as farm hacks -- specially bred for surefootedness and endurance. These are the type of horses used by high country shepherds for mustering in sheep from steep mountainsides and wide open tussocklands. Likewise, the saddles are a cross between English and Western, developed with a small pommel, knee-holds and a deep seat, to keep the rider comfortably in the saddle going up and down hills or river banks.
As for riders, you will be required to wear a helmet, in line with adventure tourism recommendations by the New Zealand Occupational Safety and Health service. Your saddlebag has room for a camera, because the photo-stops are worth it. Gym shoes or walking shoes are sufficient footwear, and it's sometimes a good idea to take a light jacket because it can be a little windier on the hill.
The most popular trek at Grasmere Lodge suits riders of all abilities and lasts for about 90 minutes, through the farm paddocks and up through native matagouri scrub to one of the most spectacular view points on the property.
Riding at Grasmere Lodge is a great opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and quietness of the high country, following in the hoof prints of the shepherds who have preceded us.
Onsite & Nearby
- Walking and Hiking on numerous trails.
- Mountain biking.
- Acres of lawn space for ball games & other fun
- Garden to explore, or just sit and enjoy.
- Temple Basin Club Skifield
- Book Reading.
- Bird watching. Forest, wetlands and open country.
- Photography. Leave lots of memory space.
- Unique Rock Formations at Castle Hill.
- Drive to Arthurs Pass Township and onwards to Otira Viaduct Lookout.