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 magic on horseback where the ocean meets the mountains at Kaihoka Lakes with our little wild tribe.

An amazing weekend away exploring the rolling hills, sheer cliffs and native forests of this incredible corner of Golden Bay.
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Some magic on horseback where the ocean meets the mountains at Kaihoka Lakes with our little wild tribe.  An amazing weekend away exploring the rolling hills, sheer cliffs and native forests of this incredible corner of Golden Bay.

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Great photos. I bet the ponies enjoyed some new scenery too!

That's stunning, thank you for the pictures.x

Amazing country!

Stunning ๐Ÿ˜

Toka Days

I spent the morning at Hack Farm playing around with Toka in the field with a neck rope. He is really starting to get it! It's such a magical feeling to have an animal so powerful and independent respond to such light and subtle movements. We worked our way through the obstacle course which included horse-eating pool noodles, attack flags and a scary narrow bridge. Toka did a fantastic job working through each one halterless (I did leave it on him though for emergency brake purposes ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and stuck with me every step of the way.

Photo Credit: My friend Siv caught a few photos of us! Thanks!
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Toka Days  I spent the morning at Hack Farm  playing around with Toka in the field with a neck rope. He is really starting to get it! Its such a magical feeling to have an animal so powerful and independent respond to such light and subtle movements. We worked our way through the obstacle course which included  horse-eating pool noodles, attack flags and a scary narrow bridge. Toka did a fantastic job working through each one halterless (I did leave it on him though for emergency brake purposes :) ) and stuck with me every step of the way.  Photo Credit: My friend Siv caught a few photos of us! Thanks!

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What a treasure to see you qorkung your horses

What a wonderful life you have ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜ playing in nature’s beauty with the most amazing animals ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

Lovely photos

Wow, the photos captured your joy. Excellent

Lovely to see you are still doing what you love Jess!

Your smile is huge !

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It looks lovely, it's great to see what you're up to and where you are. Thanks for sharing

Looks like a fun time. Glad to see you’re living your best life. ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿด๐Ÿด

Patons Rock.......I almost purchased a place there once many years ago. Sigh. I do believe you guys are having some difficulty leaving Golden Bay.....am I right? And I fully understand. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yay Dibsy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wind, surf and sky. Perfect!

Still Jealous๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ’•

Hello Jess from Greenfield, NH...๐Ÿค—

Glad you guys are doing well

Awesome ๐Ÿคฉ

Where is patterns rock?

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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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