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New Zealand - South Kaipara
This centre based riding holiday will give you the opportunity to explore the beaches of the coast north of Auckland. Some of the riding here is on the Muriwai Beach known as the 30 mile beach along which the horses just love to gallop. Venturing inland you ride over sand dunes and through a patchwork of farmland, forests and lakes.
Your host and guide Rod is a descendant of the first European settlers in the area. Rod first started riding on the family horse to school and has extensive knowledge of local history, plants and animals.
Nights are spent at Rod and Bev’s home which has views out over Kaipara Harbour and can sleep up to six guests. Although they prefer not to mix the groups occasionally there may have others staying.
Non-riders are also welcome. If you have your own car then the surrounding area has much of interest including a variety of farming from kiwi fruit orchards to macadamia nuts as well as sheep cattle, dairy and deer farming.
You should be comfortable at walk, trot and canter, and able to control a forward going horse out in the open. You should also be fit enough for long canters on the beaches.
You stay in the home of your hosts Bev and Rod Hedley. There are two twin rooms and one double room for guests.
Meals are prepared by Bev who takes great care to provide you with delicious dinners. Local produce is used wherever possible.
Available all year. A typical stay is four nights but itineraries are tailor-made and so longer or shorter stays are also possible. We recommend somewhere between two and six nights.
Sample Itinerary for South Kaipara Riding Holiday
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RIDE PRICE 2019: £1,517.97 per person for four nights including four days of riding.
INCLUDES Accommodation; meals; wine with dinner; riding.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Single rooms at no extra charge subject to availability.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Golf and fishing at extra cost; NZ departure tax.
NEAREST AIRPORT Auckland.
TRANSFERS Return transfers between South Kaipara and Auckland are £122.66 per vehicle.
On the South Kaipara Peninsula one hour north west of Auckland North Island.
Mild summers Dec to Mar. More likely to rain May to Sept, but be prepared for rain anytime.
Cantering along a beach was one of my dreams - the final day's riding was above my expectations. and I've fallen in love with one of my horses. Nothing to add. Rodrick and Georgie were wonderful riding companions, and so caring and thoughtful. it was really pleasure to spend time with the family. The riding felt relaxed and fun, so the whole experience was very special.
Nicki ,MonmouthshireOverall rating: 4/5
Stay in the family home and explore 30 miles of uninhabited beach, green fields, pine forest, sand dunes and small lakes.
New Zealand life seems simple and uncomplicated. Enjoy this along with the wonderful hospitality of your hosts Rod and Bev