Horse Trails, Tracks & Bridleways of New Zealand

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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. 

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 🙂

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. 

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. 

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. 

Trekking and trail News

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6 days ago

NZ Horse Network

Thinking about summer already - here's how you keep those flies at bay.There really was such a study and you guys needed to know about it.
Read the study before commenting: oh, it must be the paint that repels the flies. It’s addressed in the study.

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Thinking about summer already - heres how you keep those flies at bay.

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Blow! I was hoping dapples would do the same thing....

We headed down to Ashburton today to check out the Hakatere river trail. What a great ride!

Start at Trevors Road, just past the Pony Club. We parked on the wide road verge.

Be aware though that the start of this trail runs alongside separate parallel motorbike trails so if your horse isn't used to this sort of activity then take extreme care or avoid. The weekends seem popular.

The 11.5km out and back trail is suitable for unshod horses and we even got a canter or two in. This is a shared use trail for walkers, cycles and horses so please be considerate.
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We headed down to Ashburton today to check out the Hakatere river trail. What a great ride!  Start at Trevors Road, just past the Pony Club. We parked on the wide road verge.  Be aware though that the start of this trail runs alongside separate parallel motorbike trails so if your horse isnt used to this sort of activity then take extreme care or avoid. The weekends seem popular.  The 11.5km out and back trail is suitable for unshod horses and we even got a canter or two in. This is a shared use trail for walkers, cycles and horses so please be considerate.

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This trail actually goes all the way to hakatere and is a great peaceful ride. If you want to avoid the motorbikes you can go up to cochranes road and start from there. There is a good hill at the hakatere end which climbs to the top of the terrace for an amazing view as well as access to the river along the way for a good splash in the water

This is a lovely trail for a nice Saturday or Sunday ride😊

Love your treks 🙂 new places to explore

Becky Doubleday

Stephanie von Preuschen this is the one I was talking about awhile ago😃

Justine Wheelans maybe we could try this one day

Penny Taylor Lexie Turnham Kate Walsh might be worth a ride during the week days over summer?

Melanie Dey could be fun? 😊

Bex Griffiths one for the future

Bettina Yockney road trip?

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Throwback to midday sun naps & story-time and one of the great lessons of the trail.

There are some days where the gentle warmth of the sun combined with a playful breeze dancing through the tall grass would melt away any urgency we might have felt on the trail.

On these days, when both humans and horses reached a consensus, we'd let our hour long lunch-break stretch as long as the moment required. Simultaneously enjoying being present and being whisked away to far away literary worlds.

Why do we always feel such an urgency in our lives? A need to rush, to just get it done. There are so many beautiful moments in between that are so easy to miss when we're only focused on getting where we're going.

Time slips by so fast already. By appreciating the seconds in between: the hours, the days, the years are so much fuller for having been experienced with intent.
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2 weeks ago

NZ Horse Network

It's nearly election time; time to ask all the candidates in your electorates how they will support the equestrian sector. Here is a letter we are sending to the Otaki Candidates. Feel free to use any or all of it when writing to your local politicians

To our Otaki Electorate Candidates,
I am Shelly Warwick, Chair of the Kapiti Equestrian Advocacy Group (KEAG), and I am writing to you to ask what you would do for the Equestrian Community in the Otaki Electorate if you were to be elected in September 2020.
The Otaki Electorate spans the Horowhenua District and Northern Kapiti Coast including the towns of Otaki, Waikanae and part of Paraparaumu. Within the Kapiti Coast District the Equestrian industry contributes approx. 13 million dollars p.a. and around 100 FTE jobs. These are conservative figures.
Although figures for Horowhenua have not been calculated, we believe they it would far surpass the $13 million contribution to Kapiti’s local economy. Together this is a huge industry for the Otaki Electorate area.
We have issues of inequality of access in some areas, although in Kapiti we have very supportive Council staff and there has been progress in this area. This is not been the case in Horowhenua. We have the issue that the proposed shared path on the Otaki to North Levin(O2NL) expressway is not a “Continuous Multiuse path”, and at this stage is proposed only for Cyclists and Walkers.
How will you rectify this if you were elected? As chair of KEAG I have written many times to the current MP for Otaki, with no resolution or contact from the MP himself.
The Equestrian community in this Electorate is huge, they all have families, and they are all entitled to vote. I’m sure they will vote for the Candidate that will best support their lifestyle and leisure activities.
As Chair of KEAG, and a member of the Horowhenua Equestrian Advocacy group (HEAG), I would like to know what you intend to do for this portion of voters in your desired electorate. We would be willing to meet with both candidates prior to the election and talk about how we could work together to achieve great outcomes for all who live in the Otaki Electorate and how our chosen MP can help this very large portion of the Electorate.
Shelly Warwick
Chair – Kapiti Equestrian Advocacy group (KEAG)
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A few months have quietly slipped past since we settled in for our winter rest. The ponies are fat and fluffy and we are all a few kilos rounder.... We spend plenty of time with them but ask little of them, opting for play sessions and mentally stimulating games above anything else.

While the ponies have their time to enjoy being ponies, Bijmin and I have taken to using our own two legs to explore the natural spaces around us. We have fallen in love with the Golden Bay area, the waterfalls and towering fern tree jungles, wild coastlines and rock labyrinth mazes. Each place has its own magic and holds a unique personality.

I have captioned each photo, but as always, words fall short in capturing the true essence of a place.

-Jess
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A few months have quietly slipped past since we settled in for our winter rest. The ponies are fat and fluffy and we are all a few kilos rounder....  We spend plenty of time with them but ask little of them, opting for play sessions and mentally stimulating games above anything else.  While the ponies have their time to enjoy being ponies, Bijmin and I have taken to using our own two legs to explore the natural spaces around us. We have fallen in love with the Golden Bay area, the waterfalls and towering fern tree jungles, wild coastlines and rock labyrinth mazes. Each place has its own magic and holds a unique personality.  I have captioned each photo, but as always, words fall short in capturing the true essence of a place.  -Jess

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what a beautiful collection of photos, thank you for sharing. It is wonderful to read your stories regarding your appreciation for everything around you. ❤

Check this page out Daniel Miller - my two friends trek with wild horses they have partnered with to take them through the wonderful north island NZ. You would be in your element x

I was only thinking about you guys and the horses wondering how you are getting on, looks like you are making the most of it. Beautiful photos and definately a lovely part of NZ. Stay safe.

Beautiful photos and words xx A very special part of our country. So glad you are able to have time to truly explore . Love to you both 🌹

It is so lovely to hear from you both. Your adventures are soul food for those of us at home 🥰🥰

Been wondering how you've been getting on, nice to see your update pop up 🙂 Sprite is fat and happy too and will be a bit shocked when we start to ride again! When do you guys reckon you'll start back up?

What an amazing eye for photography you have. Just brilliant!

Ok so I don’t even like y’all anymore! Hotter than HELL in TEXAS! I want to be there so much!

So much beauty!! Thank you for sharing with us. xo Looks like a wonderful birthday.

Absolutely beautiful! Our world is so amazing! Thank you for sharing your special places.

What an utterly magical and stunning place. Thank you for sharing.

Omg what an incredibly beautiful place wow 🤩

What stunning photos. Thank you for sharing. 😊😊❣❣

Thank you for sharing... Simply amazing picture's ❤️

Beautiful photos thank you

Keep exploring Jess. Beautiful!

Gorgeous photos, love following your journey 😊😊

Fabulous photography 💕💕

Great formations, and colours

Stunning photos thanks for sharing

Beautiful photos,Jess xx

Thankyou for sharing... truely beautiful..

In the moment memories, love it 😁

Looks beautiful Jess

Beautiful.. gotta luv NZ

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'Over the back'. A four day adventure in the St James republished for H&P online 🐎NZ Horse & Pony readers Kirsty Mann and Tsarina Dellow share their adventures trekking in the St James Conservation Area.
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Over the back. A four day adventure in the St James republished for H&P online 🐎

"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.

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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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Thanks Jess, great reminder of perspective.

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.

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 🙈 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 Jess👍 What an amazing landscape

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 🤗

Love that quote!

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

Claire Bear

Chris Cairney

Catherine Ballinger read this <3

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

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