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Horse Riding Vacations in New Zealand

March 24, 2013 by

Horse Trekking

New Zealand’s gorgeous landscape is featured in moves like Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and most recently The Hobbit.

Planning a horse riding vacation to take in New Zealand’s rugged wilderness is an awesome way to see snow-capped volcanoes, enchanting forests, or ride along stretches of pristine beaches.

Horse ride on the beach

Horse Trekking in New Zealand

A number of New Zealand horseback riding experiences are available to help you plan your vacation, with a range of different horse-riding tours.

You can choose between half-day, full-day, or overnight treks. These packages provide everything you need including tack and camping equipment.

Coastal Treks

If you’ve ever dreamed of riding a horse on the beach, Ahipara Horse Treks offers two-hour horseback riding treks along New Zealand’s Ninety Mile Beach and over gentle grasslands.

These rides are designed for all riding levels, and if you’re experienced and looking for a more challenging ride, they can be arranged. Longer and shorter rides are also available.

Glenorchy Treks for Middle Earth Fans

For Middle Earth fans, there’s no better way to take in many of the filming locations than on horseback. A trek to Glenorchy in the South Island is what you’re looking for.

Don’t forget your camera, because the breathtaking turquoise lakes and towering Southern Alps are even more stunning in person!

North Island Scenery

River Rides

Heavenly Horse Treks offers guided horse riding treks along bush trails and river rides with challenging terrain featuring stunning panoramic views.

One-day rides involve about 5 hours in the saddle and include a picnic meal. They also offer walk and riding options.

Overnight Treks

If you ready for a real adventure, New Zealand offers plenty of choices for overnight horse riding treks, too. Check out Go New Zealand for all the options!

Whether you’re a horse lover, a Middle Earth fan, or love trying new things, a riding vacation in New Zealand has it all.

Photo credits: Nick Bramhall, Nick Bramhall, kewl

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  1. What an amazing place! New Zealand is definitely on my travel list, especially because of all those amazing views in LOTR. And what a great idea to see the sites on horseback! Thanks for the gorgeous photos!


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