If driving your own team isn’t an option then why not let one of our Guides take control of your team and allow you to sit back and enjoy the ride.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeChildren, Family, Winter
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Small Group
Take an hour to learn about these phenomenal animals, feel the thrill first hand of what it is like to ride in the basket of the sled through the beautiful alpine trails of the Southern Alps.
Duration – allow 1 hour for the complete experience which includes an introduction to the dogs, tuition and a 30 minute daylight run.
Tour Type – you will be in the basket of a sled driven by one of our guides.
Configuration – adults may share with a child. We have a maximum combined weight of 110kg.
Guest driving another guest
Two adults in the basket
Adult with child
Mixing tours for groups – this tour can also be run concurrently with a Drive Your Own Team option should your friends want a different experience. Please refer to the Drive Your Own Team tour for specifics.
- Maximum combined weight – 110kg
- Minimum age of children riding – 2 years old (must be accompanied by an adult, 5 years + may ride solo or with other children0.
- We can cater for disabilities and the activity is suitable for any fitness level.
- We provide the ride (team of dogs, sled, guide and stunning alpine trails)
- A Guide to drive your sled
- A blanket
- Eye protection if required
- Transport to and from the tour site
- Warm weather clothing
Approximately 1 Hour
Your tour starts with an introduction to the world of sled dogs, the equipment and of course the dogs themselves. Learn how to set up your own team and interact with the dogs as they prepare to take you on an unforgettable ride guided by one of our experienced mushers. There are plenty of chances to stop along the trail and have your photo taken with the dogs and some stunning NZ high country scenery as the backdrop.
Ski type clothing is perfect. A warm hat and gloves are essential. Hiking type boots are ideal, something you can walk on snow in and not get wet if the days warms up a little. We provide a blanket to help keep you warm during the ride. Bring your sun glasses as well.
No, whilst the Snow Farm does allow dogs on their trails, which must be registered prior, we do not allow dogs within our staging area.
This may be common practice overseas, but we do not allow it here. This is due to the nature of the trails, it can be technical in places and should you flip or loose your sled then the passenger could get easily hurt. Our Guides are specially training to take guests in the baskets.
This is your best option if you are pregnant. There is always the chance that the sled can tip, its unlikely but a potential risk. You ride at your own discretion.
The weight limit is primarily for the welfare of the dogs, it is also in place to ensure you enjoy your trip rather then sit behind a team of dogs that are struggling to pull you. We do have some good hills we have to get over. Also we need to consider the weight limitations of the sleds. If we overload them they can fail. We do reserve the right to weigh you on arrival. Weight limits are enforced, please consider you clothing.