Baton Run Back Country Accommodation, Nelson, Tasman, New Zealand (NZ)
We felt so lucky to have discovered this beautiful place. It’s much more then just a riding stables. It’s more of a magical experience all round. We stayed in this awesome wooden cabin by the river, with an outdoor bath and shower. Richard was kind enough to lay us a fire on the river bank – the perfect place to spend the evening. Fiona had thought of everything, scrumptious picnics and delicious chocolate on our pillows. We ate with them sometimes and also enjoyed a meal in our cabin after our unexpected late arrival. Fiona is very friendly accommodating – I just called her and we chatted about what would be my ideal – and then she provided it! She said we would be well looked after – and we were! I thought it very good value for money. We really enjoyed the riding and quad biking. The scenery is magnificent. It feels like you have gone back in time, riding through creeks like a gold prospector in a western. The horses are well trained and sure footed and Fiona made sure that there were safe places to canter if you were an experienced rider and varied trails to explore if you prefer to walk. The farm and valley are beautiful. We were there for an adult family reunion but I think it would also be perfect for a romantic tryst, a “farm experience” for young children and or a special place for friends to meet. We so enjoyed meeting Fiona and Richard, they are a lovely couple, living in a magical place, we loved it there and hope to return soon.
My wife, daughter and I spent the day horseback riding in this beautiful location. The horses were well mannered, and the scenery spectacular. We crossed a number of creeks and saw tailings from the gold mining days, which reminded me of northern California. Our guide and owner Fiona was very pleasant and competent with an eye on safety at all times. Her assistant Jasmine was equally capable. Lunch was spread out in a beautiful location. It consisted of fresh meats, cheeses, and bread. At the end of the day Richard had set 3 sheep aside and let us try our hand at sheering sheep. All in all it was a wonderful experience for anyone seeking the outdoors.
Couldn’t have had a more perfect holiday! From hosts to horses, riding to lodgings, everything was top notch. Each day was carefully considered and planned out by Fionna. She took the time to take care of details and added special touches to each day. The cabin and bush bath were amazing for relaxation at the end of each day. The treks were different each day with equally breathtaking scenery. Could have stayed for weeks! A must do when you are planning your travels!
I had a great 3 day ride with Fiona at Baton Run. Great horses, stunning countryside, lovely food. The cabin was simply lovely. Baton Run was the best part of my trip to New Zealand! Thanks very much!
The owner of Stonefly Lodge, where we were staying, arranged this for me. I am a what you might call a destination rider. I usually only ride when I am on vacation somewhere. I have done Dude ranches in Wyoming and California, and beautiful trail rides in Hawaii, Colorado, Idaho, and dozens of other places. This was by far the best riding experience I have ever had. No nose to tail lines, no eating dust. Just beautiful scenery, lovely conversation, and communing with nature and your horse. Fiona, the owner, is a doll. She clearly loves her horses and they love her. They are wonderfully cooperative horses, that are a pleasure to ride. The two of us spent about 4 hours walking, trotting, and even running a little. Her story is very interesting and I really enjoyed talking with her. We stopped at the cabin she books out and had a nice little lunch that she prepared. The cabin was charming and would have been a fun place to stay for a night or two. It was an experience I will never forget, and feel very fortunate to have had.
This is Annie, part Clydesdale, part Arab and part Thoroughbred. She’s been carrying me up and down hills, along ridges, through rivers, and carrying the refreshments and hip flask for lunch and afternoon tea in saddle bags too. She’s very sure footed, some of the tracks are really rocky and barely wide enough for you or I so she’s a bit of a mountaineering horse too. I’m staying on the Baton Run, an old sheep station when the first settlers came and a gold mining area now farmed by the fifth generation of the Lublow family. By day we ride through the sheep pastures, along river valleys, and up and down hills in to the national park. By night we soak in the hot tub with a glass of wine and gaze at a jet black sky loaded with the stars of the southern hemisphere after feasting on delicious Baton Run meat and veggies.
Thanks so much for a truly marvelous weekend spent with you in August. We have just returned home and have been looking at our wonderful photographs of your stunning scenery and fabulous trekking team. Bill certainly enjoyed his time with you Richard and the fact that the pig you caught was only small, has completely bypassed him and has become like the average fishing story – it gets bigger every time he tells someone. We are planning to be in NZ again next Winter for more skiing and my sister and her husband are making noises about joining us, just so long as we can fit in another visit to The Baton Run. So look forward to seeing you again next year. Again thanks to you both for your wonderful hospitality.
Sincerely Jane and Bill
Thank you so much for such an incredible experience in the beautiful Baton Valley. What a special place. I am in love with Emily! She felt so safe, yet so free moving at the same time. Your hospitality was certainly a unique experience, and professional. I really feel like it has filled my soul!
Ange Palmer, Byron Bay, Australia 🙂
I have been coming to New Zealand every year since 2004 and one of the big highlights of my trip is going horse trekking in the beautiful Baton Valley. It is quite simply a magical awesome place that you will never forget and Fiona knows all the best places to take you so that you get the best of the spectacular views. One of the highlights for me was the first time I ever went across the Baton river on horseback, not always possible if river conditions are unsuitable but you never know, you may be lucky. I am now planning my next years trip to New Zealand and I will definitely be booking to go horse trekking up at the Baton Valley.