Ride Overview - Northern Auckland Trails
An unforgettable horseback riding vacation on the North Island of New Zealand! Your trail will take you across unspoiled forests, sheep dotted pastureland and sugar sand beaches. You will be the guests of the original Maoris settlers who delight in sharing their culture and traditional recipes. This vacation will allow you to canter across endless sand dune beaches and ride to sacred sites and a quaint fishing village. You can customize this ride by upgrading to premier lodging.
“The incredible hospitality of the hosts should be commended. The horses were excellent and perfectly matched to the riders, truly an awesome experience.” M.W.
Ride Itinerary - Northern Auckland Trails
You will be transferred from the airport to your beachside B & B. After you have unpacked, you will enjoy an introductory 2 – 3-hour ride along the beautiful Pakiri Beach. Afterward, you will dine with Sharley, your hostess, whose family are descendants of Te Kiri Chief of Ngati Wai.
Your day begins along the white sugary sand of the Pacific beach. Here you may see wild dolphins playing in the frothy surf and ride in to swim alongside them. Your trail turns into a pungent pine forest once used by ancient Maori warriors to protect their territory from invading tribes. This is the trail run by the legendary runner Tau Kokopu who was as famous for his skill with the taiaha as he was for his speed. Along the way, you will pass by secluded historic sacred sites. Unfortunately, this land has changed ownership and sometimes we are unable to ride through it according to whatever forestry activity the new owners have planned for the day. Lunch will be served alongside the freshwater Lake Tomarata. If the weather is warm, you can swim your horse in the lake to cool off. You will then mount up to ride up to Te Arai Point where you will have spectacular views of the beach and the islands of Te Moana nui O Toi O tuatahi ( The floats of the net of Toi in the great sea), Hauturu (Little Barrier), Aotea (Great Barrier), Mokohinau and Taranga (Hen and Chickens). You will lodge at either the Lakeview Chalets overlooking Lakes Tomarata and Spectacle or in a beach cabin at Pakiri.
Today, you will ride to the Te Arai Beach and the site of the home of Te Tahuhu. Your trail leads you back to the stable through a young pine forest and along the white sand dunes of Pakiri Beach. You will overnight in your Pakiri accommodation.
Your trail will take to the Maori Marae at the picturesque fishing village of Leigh. Your horse will first climb high above the white sands of Pakiri beach to the Pa (the lookout fortress) of the ancestral chief Te Kiri. Here you will be able to look out over the ocean to the Barrier islands, the Hen and Chickens Isles as well as Coromandel, Rangitoto and Auckland. You will then ride across beautiful farmland to Leigh. Next, a short ride will bring you Omaha Marae, a traditional Maori marae. You will be able to talk to the people and learn of their culture and current livelihoods. If you wish and your group is 6 or more people you may stay in the marae and sleep communally on a comfortable mattress on the floor as is the tradition. (this option may not be available at short notice if there is some activity scheduled at the Marae or if there is a tangi (funeral). Otherwise, your group will stay at the historic Leigh Sawmill. Here you can enjoy the bar and restaurant for dinner or if your group is small at the harbor Boathouse for fish and chips on the beach.
After a hearty breakfast, you will begin a 4 hour ride to the Pakiri with a stop for lunch at Te Kiri’s Pa perched above the sea. From there, your trails steeply descends to the beach where you can enjoy a brisk gallop and then ride across the dunes and an estuary where you can see a wonderful variety of birds. Rolling country paths will lead you back to the stable. After tea or a cool beer, you will be transferred to Pakiri for either your flight home or post ride hotel.
The guide reserve the right to change the ride at any time if safety is compromised by bad weather, river flooding or other circumstances.
Ride Details - Northern Auckland Trails
Dates: January 28th – February 1st, February 11th – 16th, February 25th – March 1st, March 5th – 9th, March 18th – 22nd, April 1st – 5th, October 14th – 18th, November 25th – 29th, December 16th – 20th
Meeting point: Auckland Airport
Length of ride: 5
Ability level: INTERMEDIATE Capable of trot and canter in open spaces. Swimming with the horse.
Horse: Arab and Thoroughbred cross, Quarterhorse, Appaloosa, Clydesdale, wild bush pony
Group size: 4 – 10
Daily Riding Hours: 2 – 5
Saddles: English trekking
Non-riding activity: golf, natural hot pools, fishing, harbor cruising, etc.
Hotel/s: beach cottages and B & B, sometimes shared bathroom. Upgrade to 3 – 4* hotels is possible.
*Price per person: $2,990.00 per person
>This ride can be shortened.
>You can upgrade to hotels and inns, contact us for the price.
*Prices are based on USD/NZD exchange rate and will be fixed on the date of your final payment.
Includes: lodging, all meals, horse, tack, guide,
Not included: airfare, transfer to and from the airport ($170.00 roundtrip)
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Northern Auckland Trails
Northern North Island, New Zealand