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River Valley Stables

Welcome to the River Valley Stables.

Experience the freedom of riding using natural horsemanship techniques, encouraging communication and connection between horse and rider. All our horses are ridden bitless and barefoot—no metal in their mouths or on their hooves.

River Valley Stables specializes in “Rides for Riders” – from a half-day trek to a multi-day horse riding holiday, and our packages can be tailored to suit you.

Check out your riding ability below to match yourself with one of our horse trekking options.

Alternatively, email our Adventure Consultants on thelodge@rivervalley.co.nz , who can help match your abilities and desires with the right adventure.

River Valley Stables is currently closed for Winter.  We will be reopening on the 1st November 2021 for the Summer season.  

Before booking a ride we recommend you check your riding ability using our guide below:

Beginner – reasonably confident riding a horse at a walk, a rising trot, and learning to canter.

Intermediate – confident and in control on a moving horse at all paces outside an arena, but not riding regularly.

Strong intermediate – an intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly (outside an arena) and is comfortable in the saddle for at least six hours per day.

Advanced – a frequent rider who is very fit, has an independent seat and soft hands, and is confident on a forward-moving horse at all paces over rough and variable ground on open terrain.

Horse Trekking Options

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    Harmony With Horses

    Harmony with Horses

    Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders

    A half-day adventure, refining your horsemanship skills and building connection with your horse before riding out into the picturesque countryside around River Valley.

    Duration: Half Day (3 Hours)

    Season: 1st November to 31st May

    Burn The Breeze Horse Trek

    Burn the Breeze

    Suitable for Intermediate to Advanced riders

    A ride for experienced riders who want to pick up the pace out in the hills. This is a half-day ride that moves along, exploring longer trails, with lots of opportunities to canter your horse.

    Duration: Half Day (3 Hours)

    Season: 1st November to 31st May

    High Country Enchantment

    High Country Enchantment – A Full Day Horse Trek

    Suitable for Intermediate to Advanced riders

    A full day ride exploring the enchantment of the unique countryside this part of the world has to offer. You need to be comfortable in the saddle at all gaits over all-terrain to really enjoy this.

    Duration: Full Day

    Season: 1st November to 30th April

    The Sundowner Evening Horse Trek

    The Sundowner

    Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders

    A beautiful evening ride taking in the dusky late afternoon light. Connecting with your horse before riding out in the hills to enjoy a glass of bubbles and a picnic along the way.

    Duration: 3 Hours

    Season: 1st January to 30th April

    Full Day Horsemanship

    Full Day Horsemanship Experience

    Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders

    A full day horsemanship adventure, experiencing communication and connection with your horse. Combining a morning horsemanship session with the opportunity in the afternoon to take your newfound knowledge on a ride through the rural landscape around River Valley.

    Duration: Full Day

    Season: 1st November to 31st May

Multi-Day Horse Trekking Holidays

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    Home on The Range

    Home on the Range

    Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders

    Build your own holiday, staying in delightful lodgings and dining on wholesome food. Discover your natural horsemanship skills and explore the spectacular scenery around River Valley on horseback. 2,3,4-day options.

    Duration: 2-4 Days

    Season: 1st November to 31st May

    Lodge to Lodge Ride

    Suitable for Intermediate to Advanced riders

    A 2-day adventure with a gutsy ride by day, followed by a touch of luxury by night. This ride takes you down into the spectacular Rangitikei River gorge, crossing the river several times before reaching your destination.

    Duration: 2 Days / 2 Nights

    Season: 1st January to 31st March

    The Good Kiwi Ride

    The ‘Good’ Kiwi Ride

    Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders

    Good on you Kiwis, for telling us what you wanted! Based on your feedback, we have created the perfect adventure on horseback with you. “The Good Kiwi Ride.” In true Kiwi fashion, everyone is welcome to come!

    Duration: 3 Nights / 2 1/2 Days of Riding

    Season: January to April

    The River Valley Escape

    The River Valley Escape

    Suitable for Beginner to Advanced riders

    Designed by Kiwis, for Kiwis, here is your chance to discover the secrets of the North Island while you have your backyard all to yourselves.

    Duration: 3 Nights / 2 1/2 Days of Riding

    Season: February to March

    The River Valley Ride

    The River Valley Ride

    Suitable for Intermediate to Advanced riders

    A 7-night, 8-day ride. A firecracker of an itinerary with the feeling of freedom and adventure at its very core – return to mother nature and lift the veil on an enchanting part of New Zealand while being swathed in local culture.

    Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

    Season: December to March

More About The Stables:

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Natural Horsemanship

Find out more about our philosophy and why Natural Horsemanship is at the core of everything we do at River Valley Stables.

Meet The Horses

We have a mix of horses at the stables, including the Kaimanawa (NZ Wild horse). Meet our trekking team here.

Have any questions?

Speak to one of our friendly adventure consultants who would love to help you out.
thelodge@rivervalley.co.nz / 0800 248666 / +64 6 38 81444

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