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Welcome to the River Valley Stables.

Experience the freedom of riding using natural horsemanship techniques encouraging communication between horse and rider. All our horses are ridden bit less and barefoot. No metal in their mouths or on their hooves.

River Valley Stables has something for everyone – from a half day trek, to a multi-day horse riding holiday. We offer adventures for riders of all abilities, from beginner to experienced, and our packages can be tailored to suit you.

Check out our various horse trekking options below to see which trek will suit you best. Alternatively, email our Adventure Consultants on thelodge@rivervalley.co.nz who can help in matching your abilities and desires with the right adventure.

Horse Trekking Options

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    Harmony with Horses Trek

    Harmony with Horses

    This ride is for all abilities. It’s a good place to start if you’re new to horses. A half day adventure, honing your horsemanship skills followed by a horse ride out into the picturesque country side at River Valley.

    Duration: Half Day (3 Hours)

    Season: October-June

    Burn The Breeze Horse Trek

    Burn the Breeze

    At last a ride for experienced riders! Now you can get out and have some real horse time fun. This is a half day ride that moves along, exploring longer trails, with lots of opportunity to canter your horse. Experienced riders only.

    Duration: Half Day (3 Hours)

    Season: 5th November-June

    High Country Enchantment – A Full Day Horse Trek

    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 to really enjoy this.

    Duration: Full Day

    Season: 5th November to 30th April

    The Sundowner

    A beautiful evening ride taking in the dusky light fading over the hills. Enjoy a glass of bubbles and a picnic along the way.

    Duration: 3 Hours

    Season: 1st November to 31st March – 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm (times are approximate)

    Full Day Horsemanship Experience

    A full day horsemanship experience. Combining a challenge packed horsemanship arena session with the opportunity to put into practice what you’ve learned as you explore the foothills of Pukeokahu.

    Duration: Full Day

    Season: 1st October to 30th April

Multi-Day Horse Trekking Holidays

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    The Good Kiwi Ride

    The ‘Good’ Kiwi Ride

    Good on you Kiwis for telling us what you wanted! Based on your feedback we have created the perfect adventure on horseback for you. “The Good Kiwi Ride.”

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

    Season: January-February

    Home on The Range Horse Riding Holiday

    Home on the Range

    Build your own holiday honing your natural horsemanship skills and exploring the spectacular scenery on horseback. 2,3,4 day options.

    Duration: 2-4 Days

    Season: 1st October to 31st May

    Lodge to Lodge Ride

    A 2-day adventure with a demanding 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 30th March

    The River Valley Ride

    The River Valley Ride

    A 7 night, 8 day ride. A fire-cracker 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 Maori culture.

    Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

    Season: January-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 8144