Horeack Riding in New Zealand

Horseback Riding in New Zealand: List of Tracks

Few places in the world are more appropriate for horse trekking than New Zealand, with its rugged, beautiful wilderness. Whether you choose to horseback ride along the coast and on the beach (ie Pakiri Beach near Auckland) or seek snow capped peaks (ie Queenstown/Wanaka) – you will great options on both the North and South island.  If you are not traveling with your horse, you may need to join a tour, many of which are available throughout the country. Typically the price will range from 80-150 NZD for a 1.5 hour to half day trip. What follows is a complete list of Department of Conversation (DoC) tracks suitable for horseback riding.

Region Track Length Track Name & Link Track Location
North Island
Coromandel
Maratoto: Wires Track Coromandel Forest Park
North Island
Wellington/Kapiti
Whareroa Farm tracks Whareroa Farm
South Island
Canterbury
9.2 to 21 km Potts River tracks Hakatere Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
14.5 km Ahuriri Valley Track Ahuriri Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
30 km Snowy Gorge Creek – Maitland Stream Ahuriri Conservation Park, Ruataniwha Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
11 – 20 km Manuherikia River Tracks Oteake Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
3 – 10 km Tasman River tracks Lake Pukaki area
South Island
Canterbury
6 or 12 km Twizel Town tracks Twizel area
South Island
Canterbury
up to 23 km Twizel area tracks Ruataniwha Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
Temple valley tracks Ruataniwha Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
4 – 16 km Lake Ohau area tracks Ruataniwha Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
16.5 km Stanley River Route St James Conservation Area
South Island
Canterbury
18 km Macaulay Hut Track Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
10 km Dromedary Hill Track Lindis Conservation Area
South Island
Canterbury
7 km Ewe Range Track Oteake Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
16 km Fowlers Pass Track St James Conservation Area
South Island
Canterbury
6 km Hideaway Hut Route Ahuriri Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
21 – 35 km Hopkins valley tracks Ruataniwha Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
4.5 km to 43 km Lake Emily tracks Hakatere Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
9 km Baikie Hut Track Lake Pukaki area, Ruataniwha Conservation Park
South Island
Canterbury
up to 10 km Lake Heron tracks Hakatere Conservation Park
South Island
Otago
Cluden and Lauder Basin Conservation Area tracks Lauder Basin Conservation Area
South Island
Otago
Oteake Conservation Park tramping tracks Oteake Conservation Park
South Island
Otago
Minaret Burn Track Wanaka area
South Island
Otago
Otago Central Rail Trail Alexandra area, Clyde – Middlemarch area
South Island
Otago
Mt Judah / Heather Jock Tracks Whakaari Conservation Area
South Island
Otago
Nevis Valley tracks Remarkables Conservation Area
South Island
Southland
Eyre Mountains/Taka Ra Haka routes Eyre Mountains/Taka Rā Haka Conservation Park
South Island
West Coast
40 km Kirwans Track and Waitahu Valley Victoria Forest Park
South Island
West Coast
Big River tracks Victoria Forest Park

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