The other area we want to seriously look at is horse riding in New Zealand. In the past, we have set up ad hoc luxury horseriding on private estates with a gathered seafood (abalone!) lunch, or visits to private equine establishments. What we are now doing is turning our attention to developing more permanent horse riding and trekking capability throughout the country, and linked into our style - which for the uninitiated means depth, connections, understanding and authenticity underpinned by professionalism, hospitality and a genuine love of people.
For example, two options we are looking at incorporate horse trekking in a Maori hunting/gathering environment in the Central North Island as well as South Island high country mustering. These options should be ready to go by the start of the 2010/2011 season. Imagine a multi-day trek where you learn about Maori food, gathering and hunting techniques and are all jointly responsible for filling the pot at the end of the day.
On a side note, the Central Otago Rail Trail is also open to horses, which makes for another interesting multi-day wilderness trek using the same accommodation resources as the cyclists.
Again, we will keep our key partners updated as these ideas evolve and then become real.