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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"Some days are spent on top of the world while other days the mountain looms high above us. Neither place is superior to the other as each provides its own unique perspective, challenge and story." - Jess

These photos were taken along Fowlers Pass in St. James Conservation area on one of our "day rides" out from Stanley Vale Hut. After switch backing our way up a formed track we split off and went cross-country in search of the infamous shingle slide that Mr. Fowler took a horse drawn wagon sliding down the face of many many moons ago. Given no other option to descend, he hitched one horse to the front and four to the back for brakes and slid the entire team down the loose shingle mountain face. Needless to say, its not a place I would take a pack pony, let alone a carriage... but they all made it down to tell the tale!

Such a great story of perseverance and determination and possibly, an example of when being at the top of the mountain is less ideal than being at the bottom.

Looking through photos I realized that for each mountain pass we rode, we have a photo taken from the bottom looking up in anticipation and excitement as well as a photo taken from the top, full of exhilaration and a sense of achievement. Neither photo held a negative perspective. Sometime I have to remind myself to carry this knowledge into the rest of my life. Just because the mountain looms high doesn't mean it is a bad view. To summit a peak you must begin by looking up at it first.

-Jess
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Some days are spent on top of the world while other days the mountain looms high above us. Neither place is superior to the other as each provides its own unique perspective, challenge and story. - Jess  These photos were taken along Fowlers Pass in St. James Conservation area on one of our day rides out from Stanley Vale Hut. After switch backing our way up a formed track we split off and went cross-country in search of the infamous shingle slide that Mr. Fowler took a horse drawn wagon sliding down the face of many many moons ago.  Given no other option to descend, he hitched one horse to the front and four to the back for brakes and slid the entire team down the loose shingle mountain face. Needless to say, its not a place I would take a pack pony, let alone a carriage... but they all made it down to tell the tale!  Such a great story of perseverance and determination and possibly, an example of when being at the top of the mountain is less ideal than being at the bottom.  Looking through photos I realized that for each mountain pass we rode, we have a photo taken from the bottom looking up in anticipation and excitement as well as a photo taken from the top, full of exhilaration and a sense of achievement. Neither photo held a negative perspective. Sometime I have to remind myself to carry this knowledge into the rest of my life. Just because the mountain looms high doesnt mean it is a bad view. To summit a peak you must begin by looking up at it first.  -Jess

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Great to hear from you guys, do you have any idea when you are able to continue on your great adventure.

Been over Fowler’s once, don’t think I could do the scree slope ๐Ÿ™ˆ Love the St James. Hopefully one day I’ll make it back!

Been over twice on horse treks years ago Amazing story Thankyou

We saw your tracks, looks impossibly steep from below, great to get a close up picture

Nicely said Jess๐Ÿ‘ What an amazing landscape

Thanks Jess, great reminder of perspective.

Oh my.....what a story. Great advice right there.

Gotta do that shingle slide

When you went up from Fowler's carpark and had reached the summit, did you then go to the left or to the right?

Great perspective jess ๐Ÿค—

Love that quote!

Climbing the mountain isn’t easy but it is challenging in both its successes and failures as you approach the summit. But it’s the down slope slide that will determine whether or not you learned anything from the climb.

Love this did Fowlers pass just before lockdown and looked at the scree slope in awe of the wagon coming down it!

Claire Bear

Beautifully thought out and expressed here, Jess. So many life lessons from your journey!

Chris Cairney

Catherine Ballinger read this <3

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Tucker...... out back.... What do you guys take and share with us  whats your favourite  food and tipple!

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Rolled roast beef and perlas spuds with minted peas and gravy cooked in campoven on fire

Freeze dried meals r great, incl the desserts. Biscuit n cheese, meal in one biscuits. Nuts n raisins with dark choc.

Bacon & egg pie is good for lunches because you can stretch it out over a few days

I'm trying out a range of stuff at the moment in the way of dehydrated food. Watch this space. Theyres quite a few different options now. Duck hunters port๐Ÿ˜‰

Crackers, tuna and cheese.... ormands rich ruby port, and lots of it๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Dried soups, noodles. Fruit and chocolate ๐Ÿ™‚

I take waaay to many lollies lol....also scroggin, small tinned tunas, creamed rice, freeze dried evening meals etc

Gin in a tin ๐Ÿ˜€

Tipple: Malibu/frangelico

Watching with interest.

F

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2 weeks ago

NZ Horse Network

Last few hours to get a submission in!

Quick and Dirty submission to Accessible Streets. Feel free to add your own comments, but this is the bare minimum to make a difference.
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email to

accessible.streets@nzta.govt.nz

In the subject line - Road safety for Horse RIders

You must include your full name, your address and phone number

1. We must have paths that are accessible to horse riders on dangerous roads. Road authorities must have the ability to form bridleways, and\or include horse riders on shared paths in rural areas. Horse riders must not be the only legal road user group without access to safe paths.

2. I do not support the current proposals for mandatory gaps when a vehicle passes horses or pedestrians. The proposed gaps are confusing, and not wide enough. We are all using 2m gaps for safety now, and I support a 2m rule for passing horses (and others) at all speeds.
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Done

I did one last week ๐Ÿ˜Š

Done

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Done

Done ๐Ÿ˜

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3 weeks ago

NZ Horse Network

Horses.....social distancing since foreverBecause I think we need something to lift our spirits today. โค ... See MoreSee Less

Horses.....social distancing since forever

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been there, done that also a darn white horse!

We all had that one!!!๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ Good exercise tho!!!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘โ€ผ

Charlotte the Second time seeing this is even more accurate

Haha Sharleen Anne Montgomery #elmo ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ข

3 weeks ago

NZ Horse Network

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Well guys soon be able to go for a ride out!.....

Where will you head before Winter
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Well guys soon be able to go for a ride out!.....  Where will you head before Winter

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Going into Potts hut. Yeeeehaaaar

And I’m coming too

Mavora๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ™

Ooh pick me๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Ž

Great sciennary

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Jessie and her Tokala-Fox coming back from an afternoon play. The autumn colors are absolutely beautiful at the moment and with what could be Summer sunshine to accentuate their glow, Golden Bay has truly lived up to her name. ... See MoreSee Less

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The autumn colours are so amazing

Isnt it great to be in the saddle again ๐Ÿฅฐ

Gee he walks fast.

Many thanks to you guys for supporting and liking our page we now have a 1000 followers !
So important to keep our stock and pack track routes open for horses.
We will be posting information re routes over Winter.๐Ÿ˜„
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Many thanks to you guys for supporting and liking our page  we now have a 1000 followers !
 So important to keep our stock and pack track  routes open for horses. 
 We will be posting information re routes over Winter.๐Ÿ˜„

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Absolutely! Great work thanks for the information. We have so much beautiful country for horse riding and an easily found source of trails and how to access them is really helpful and appreciated!

Keep up the good work!! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ We so need a network of safe, accessible public rights of way for horse riders here in NZ, like so many other countries have established. Shared tracks and paths should always include not exclude horse riders if possible. We are so lucky here we have such a lot of beautiful public land let’s all share and enjoy it together. ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ Thank you.

Official word from MPI is that everyone is being encouraged not to ride in order to reduce the pressure on emergency services in case of an accident.

If you are continuing to ride, stay within the boundaries of the property on which the horse is kept. Do not transport your horse by float to ride somewhere else.

Please stay off the trails, they'll still be there after we come out of Lock Down. Use this time to play some games and plan some adventures.

Stay safe, stay local, and give your horse a hug!
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Official word from MPI is that everyone is being encouraged not to ride in order to reduce the pressure on emergency services in case of an accident.  If you are continuing to ride, stay within the boundaries of the property on which the horse is kept. Do not transport your horse by float to ride somewhere else.  Please stay off the trails, theyll still be there after we come out of Lock Down. Use this time to play some games and plan some adventures.  Stay safe, stay local, and give your horse a hug!

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Message is to stay safe ... make sure the "games" you play are safe - injuries come from games too.

Lovely photo and message from you, need to plan on a post covid trail ride!

Well said love the pic. My horse having a holiday

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