7 Unique Locations to go Horse Riding in New Zealand

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Horse Riding in New Zealand is truly a one-of-a-kind experience that cannot be missed at any cost. Horse trekking allows you to enjoy every single moment without polluting the environment and allowing you to get lost in the harmony of the wilderness.

There are various trekking experiences to choose from, ranging from horseback rides in the coastal regions to under the enormous volcanoes. If you are a fan of the movie series "The Lord of the Rings," then visit South Island, particularly Glenorchy, to see how Middle earth probably looked.

Read on for the best spots to go horse riding in New Zealand:

Horse Riding in New Zealand source

 

1. Glenorchy

Glenorchy offers some of the most stunning locations for horse riding in New Zealand. Situated at the beginning of Mount Aspiring National Park and surrounded by turquoise lakes and towering alps.

International recognition is given to the equestrian industry of New Zealand, and this extends to rearing ponies that are ideal for travelling– sturdy, friendly, and simple to ride. There are half-day, full-day, and overnight rides available at multiple locations around the country. All equipment, including hard caps, is given, and overnight travelling bundles likewise incorporate the essential outdoors hardware.

It doesn't matter if you know nothing about horse riding, as the guides will give hands-on teaching and start the journey at a pace that you are comfortable with. Let's look at some of the unique locations where you can go Horse riding in New Zealand.

2. Peel Forest

Horse riding through this fantastic forest along the rivers and the Southern Alps' foothills, this location offers plenty of fun trails, which leads to the most scenic points. This area is in the Canterbury region of the southern islands, and you can contact the local Peel Forest Horse Riding guides for a trip.

3. Pakiri Beach

Located in Auckland, Pakiri Beach is only one hour and thirty minutes away from Auckland City if you travel by road. Looking out at the Pacific Ocean, this white sand beach is wide enough where you can wander off alone if you want some alone time. This trip offers enough moments to make the whole trek your own in a sense.
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4. Whakahoro

Located in the Ruapehu district of the North Island, Whakahoro is sometimes called Blue Duck Station. This area near the Whanganui National Park is almost inaccessible due to its rugged terrain, but it is a very rewarding trail. One can go up the hill on their horse to get a panoramic view of the whole rainforest. Meals and accommodation are also provided at this location, so you can choose to enjoy the wild a little longer if you want.

5. Wairoa

Those looking to take a deep dive into the Maori Culture can take a horse trekking in this region located in Hawke's Bay, South Island. The guides who accompany you on this trek are well versed with the history of Maori tribes; hence you can pass the ancestral lands while listening to the stories, and you will find yourself imagining their lives along the ride.

6. Paradise Valley

It doesn't matter if you have enough riding experience or absolutely no experience. Absolutely anyone can enjoy paradise Valley. Located in the Otago region, the valley is only 45 minutes away from Queenstown. As one of the "Lord of the Rings" filming locations, this area is undoubtedly for the movie buffs who want to feel like they have traveled back in time.

Paradise Valley source

7. River Valley

This valley is worth exploring as it offers some never seen before sceneries, which you can enjoy sitting at the top of a horse. With food and accommodation available, you will find yourself never leaving this valley, and white water rafting is something that shouldn't be missed out on. 

8. Cardrona

Located in the Otago region, Cardrona valley offers spread out fields with gold mining history for you to ride on. Enveloped in the arms of Crown Ranges Mountain, this trek between Queenstown and Wanaka is worth taking a chance on as it also one of the most affordable trekking trips.

Going on a trip for horse riding in New Zealand is a golden opportunity that shouldn't be missed out on as you get a chance to feel the country's natural history. This also allows you to give back to nature as no pollution happens on these trekking trips. Visit any of the places mentioned above and have the time of your life.
 

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