Horse Trails, Tracks & Bridleways of New Zealand

Together, we're building New Zealand's most comprehensive directory of trails, bridleways, pack tracks and paper roads for horses in New Zealand.

Our Mission:
Promoting Equine Exploration in New Zealand

There is nothing more magical than getting out and exploring with your equine companion. New Zealand has an incredible network of Tracks, Trails and Bridleways that allow you to experience the natural beauty of this country on horseback and we’re making it easy to find all the relevant resources, information and community groups to take the guess work out of equine exploration. 

By showcasing the incredible natural beauty of New Zealand’s back country and the adventures of other members of the community, we aim to inspire others to get out and hit the trail, making Horse Trekking and Back country exploration a staple recreational activity for horse owners.ย 

At the heart of this platform, is the community. 

By building our tracks and trails database together and by reviewing and updating tracks and trails we can guarantee that all information on the website stays current.

Our platform has been designed to be super easy to use and you can update and maintain Trails, Stories, Products and much more straight from your mobile phone!

Together, we hope to unite New Zealand’s recreational riding community and will continue to strive to build our platform to this purpose. 

Finding the perfect trail for your next adventure has never been this easy with everything you need to get out and explore on horseback in one place!

Each of our trail listings is jam packed full of all the information you need to know before hitting the trail. From access requirements, to parking availability to current hazards and more. We’ve also made it easy to search for the perfect trail for you: Search by difficulty, length, trail type, terrain and much more!

You can even bookmark your favourite rides so you have your bucket list to tick off ๐Ÿ™‚

We’ve also integrated a “Virtual Experience” on each of the listings that will allow you to fly through the 3d landscape of the trail, giving you a good idea of what to expect when you ride.ย 

It’s super easy to upload a new track, and we’re going to need your help to build our tracks and trail directory for the community!

Connecting with other riders and equine explorers is one of the best ways to get out and explore! Through our online profiles and forums we’re making it easy for you to connect with Local Guides, Riding Clubs, Stories on the Trail, Trail Guides, Other Riders and more!

We’re keen to promote and help advocate access for horses on shared and mixed trails as well as the development of horse friendly trails in conservation areas.ย 

By providing one centralised platform we make it easy for the community to join petitions, see upcoming projects and to raise a collective voice where it matters.ย 

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A few weeks ago Jess and I had an amazing birthday weekend away, (thank you for the awesome gift mum!!) exploring waterfalls, forests and beaches, foraging for shellfish and relaxing in a super cute house truck on a hill overlooking the ocean.

Golden Bay just has so much beauty around every corner and on our weekly adventures the sheer bounty of beauty on offer in our little paradise becomes more and more apparent.

We're so excited to be able to call this area home and just as excited about what's around the next corner.
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A few weeks ago Jess and I had an amazing birthday weekend away, (thank you for the awesome gift mum!!) exploring waterfalls, forests and beaches, foraging for shellfish and relaxing in a super cute house truck on a hill overlooking the ocean.  Golden Bay just has so much beauty around every corner and on our weekly adventures the sheer bounty of beauty on offer in our little paradise becomes more and more apparent.  Were so excited to be able to call this area home and just as excited about whats around the next corner.

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It's such a neat place. Have you explored the coast past farewell spit yet? It's really neat out there. Also do you guys know Marie Tate? She's over the hill in Kaiteriteri and I reckon you guys would get on like a house on fire. She rode the west coast of the South Island a few years back

Wow! Simply stunning! Happy Birthday weekend indeed!!๐Ÿ’•

What a wonderfull gift. Such a beautifull spot . Your photos are amazing.

We are on our way! Love you two lovebirds!

Love these photos ๐Ÿ‘

Brilliant photos

Great pics, as usual ๐Ÿ˜Š

Happy birthday!!!

Stunning you two โค๏ธ

Looks amazing ๐Ÿ˜

I lived up the valley for a couple of years, LOVE Takaka, Golden Bay. It hadn't really been discovered back then. Your life look s just lovely >)

Wow!

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With the change in seasons and the days drawing longer, the whisper of adventure and the promise of exploration is in the air.

It has taken us a bit of getting used to: the idea of not moving to start another season of guiding or leaving for life on the trail. This will be the first time in 6 years that the change in season hasn't marked the start of some epic grand adventure in the back country.

But what we're learning is that its not the adventures themselves that are epic, but rather leading a life that fills you to the brim. Every day, whereever you are, there are countless opportunities to get out and explore - To try something new, to experience something that makes you pause and think "f**k life is good".
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With the change in seasons and the days drawing longer, the whisper of adventure and the promise of exploration is in the air.  It has taken us a bit of getting used to: the idea of not moving to start another season of guiding or leaving for life on the trail. This will be the first time in 6 years that the change in season hasnt marked the start of some epic grand adventure in the back country.  But what were learning is that its not the adventures themselves that are epic, but rather leading a life that fills you to the brim. Every day, whereever you are, there are countless opportunities to get out and explore - To try something new, to experience something that makes you pause and think f**k life is good.

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Amazing photos, that place looks magical

That's the mark of a life well lived. To find amazement, contentment and peace in any and all circumstances. Lucky if circumstances are awesome like yours, more challenging for many under different circumstances. But as you say, in all spaces, to find something that makes you pause and think "F**k life is good". Absolutely stunning photos. Those colours!!!!!!

Love to both of you. Just love seeing your photos and following your adventures

So true! And great pictures too

That scenery is epic!

Amen to that

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Stunning photos

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If there was one feeling I could bottle and share with the world, it would be the gratitude, immersion in the moment and sheer exhilaration that comes from swimming with horses.

I've tried for the last 10 minutes to try and find the words to describe just how magic these experiences are but it just doesn't come close. Instead ill let these photographs of both Human & Horse enjoying our backyard swimming hole do the story telling for us.

Soul feels full to the brim and overflowing with grattitude for the blessings of life and being fortunate enough to truly live it ๐Ÿ™‚
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If there was one feeling I could bottle and share with the world, it would be the gratitude, immersion in the moment and sheer exhilaration that comes from swimming with horses.  Ive tried for the last 10 minutes to try and find the words to describe just how magic these experiences are but it just doesnt come close. Instead ill let these photographs of both Human & Horse enjoying our backyard swimming hole do the story telling for us.  Soul feels full to the brim and overflowing with grattitude for the blessings of life and being fortunate enough to truly live it :)

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Love this. And love your wild ones. I got mine last week and am finding out a lot of things about myself. Humbling and magical. Up and down. Love this moment and so glad you guys captured itโค๏ธ

I swam with my wee pony when I was young and wild..... yes, it's truly magical and exhilarating to share the moment. You're so lucky to live the dream, and I really appreciate your fabulous pictures. Thanks. X

Its like natural communion with your horse and nature I reckon.

It's so magical. I miss being in New Zealand. You are so lucky to have such a beautiful connection with your horses. I love seeing your adventures.

The photos look amazing. I guess your boys enjoy the swim as much as you

What a beautiful place to swim with them ๐Ÿ˜

Wow Jess what a magical spot! And yes .... it is a glorious feeling!! ๐Ÿ’“

Ah I couldn’t agree more! swimming with horses is magical ๐Ÿ˜Š

It really is one of life's great pleasures โค๐ŸŽ

Absolutely stunning pics and brings back fond memories doing the same as a child in Nz

What a gorgeous spot you've landed in ๐Ÿ˜

Beautiful pictures! Stunning scenery.

Soooo beautiful Where R u guys now..?

Where are you guys. Looks stunning

Sometimes there are No Words ๐Ÿฅฐ

Do you need anyone to help you ๐Ÿค—

Fabulous photos! One of my absolute favorite things to do! Still waiting for y’all to make your way up here. Got room for ppl and horsesโ˜บ๏ธ

Beautiful <3

Great. Are you able to work in addition to caring for horses? If so what types mischief?

Pure heart filled joy โค๏ธ Stunning photos!

Lucky bastards! ๐Ÿ˜♥๏ธ♥๏ธ

Beautiful!

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NZ Horse Network

Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day will be held September 12th and 13th 2020. Visit www.riders4helmets.com to locate participating retailers.

Retailers may register to participate at mailchi.mp/bd0f648f1cfb/tdpt6yk5ta. NOTE - even if you registered to participate last year. You must re-register this year.
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The Amuri Pass Pack Track to the West Coast has been completed and is available for horses to ride. Thank you for all your support and encouragement.We have several projects in the pipeline and will steadily tackle each and every one! We like to see horses in the back country,so if you have any queries please PM the Trust ๐Ÿ˜ƒ ... See MoreSee Less

The Amuri Pass Pack Track to the West Coast has been completed and is available for horses to ride. Thank you for all your support and encouragement.We have several projects in the pipeline and will steadily tackle each and every one! We like to see horses in the back country,so if you have any queries please PM the Trust ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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What a crew of incredible folks you are. Massive thank you for putting so much passion & huge effort into these projects...so others can partake also.. such a precious way of life.

Well done guys ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to getting out there and giving it a go ๐Ÿ™‚

Awesome! So fortunate to have you working towards opening up this wonderful country for horses again! Now to find the time to get out there! Looking forward to the adventures๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ♥๏ธ

You are so lucky to have people putting in the effort to get access to such awesome riding country. So envious ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š. I am looking forward to ridding these trails next summer.

Awesome work ! Still been meaning to get to the Waitaki - Lewis Engineer camp track. Fingers crossed for this summer

On behalf of those of us who intend to ride this!!! A big thanks for the effort gone in to do the track up.

Well Done and thank you. Amazing work! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ˜Š

Massive Thankyou for your huge efforts ! Looking forward to riding this ! Haidee Soares

Looking forward to doing my bit and helping with track work!

Bettina Yockney - we could do some of these tracks , Kristina too๐Ÿ˜Š

Summer plans Rena Johnsen? How amazing would this be!

Amazing work guys! can’t wait to ride it

Great work thankyou ๐Ÿ™‚

Jim Metherell here’s a ride for us!

Thankyou to all involved

Amber King now you aren’t going overseas for a bit, we should totally do this together with Lace ๐Ÿคญ

Wonderful work ๐Ÿ˜Š

Out of curiosity, is there a website that lists backcountry tracks suitable or built for horse trekking?

is there a cost please to ride the trail on own horse under own time?

Thank you so much ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ I would love to venture to these tracks one day. How do we get more information?

Whoohoo

Thank you to everyone involved i'm looking forward to getting out there and riding it!

Thank you, awesome effort ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Book fergus and i in Wander how long it takes

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Hi dear HSHR Members

The AGM of the Hanmer Springs Horse Riders is on Friday, 9. October 2020 at 7pm at Mary's place in 5 Keats Place. You are all invited to come. There are many interesting things happening for horse riding in and around Hanmer- .
We will have a yummy supper provided by Mary.
You may want to bring your horse for a possible ride afterwards.
Please let us know ASAP that you are coming.
Happy riding
Bele
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I may be able to as well. Be nice to meet other members.

I might be able to make it โ˜บ๏ธ

How do you go about becoming a member?

Another historic track from Gabrielโ€™s Hut to the Hope Kiwi Pack track has been worked on extensively. With a little more work needed to complete.

This track was used by government deer cullers to transport hides and supplies from the Patrolmanโ€™s base in the Lewis pass to the Jolliebrook and through to Esk Head and Mount White Stations
The trustโ€™s aim is to ride horses right around Lake Sumner and connect with the public conservation land at Kiwi Hope and beyond to St James and Molesworth Stations.
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Another historic track from Gabrielโ€™s Hut  to the Hope Kiwi Pack track has been worked on extensively. With a little more work needed to complete.  This track was used by government deer cullers to transport hides and supplies from the Patrolmanโ€™s base in the Lewis pass to the Jolliebrook and through  to Esk Head  and Mount White Stations
The trustโ€™s aim is to ride horses right around Lake Sumner and connect with the public conservation land at Kiwi Hope and beyond to St James and Molesworth Stations.

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Ive finally got more time in my life for longer trekking. Is this open for summer.do you organise treks where we could come along.

Awesome work! Beautiful historic routes in New Zealand should be used, protected and maintained. Thank you. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ

Well done to all who are making this possible ๐Ÿ˜Š

What a dream this would be!!

What an awesome thing you guys are doing ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Great work team

What an amazing ride

Are you looking at opening up the track through to the Jollie Brook from there?

Sounds awesome

Had a memorable night in Gabriel Hut a couple of years back. There were 50 of us! Unfortunately 48 were rodents.

Where do you start/ park floats? Do we book the hut through DOC ?

YES!!

How long do you think would it take to ride around Lake Sumner?

Maryanne Bell on the bucket list?

Love it

Sue Mettrick

Pat Phipps

Lisa Nolan

Ok

Sarah Gwynne Wilkin

Joyce van der Meer ๐Ÿ˜

Jim Metherell

Beccy Cochrane Brendan Simpson

Jenny Wards Tina Nimmo

Sandra Joyce Rowland I wasn’t able to reply to your comment - but yes, the memories this must bring back of that amazing trip you and Sarah did through the South Island high country way back when... It also brought back memories for me of that week we spent riding out from Leslie Hills, Poplars, snowfall at the Grampians... Such wonderful horse country ๐ŸŽ

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