The Sundowner

Taihape, New Zealand – Great location - show map

Season: 1st January to 30th April – 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm (times are approximate)

Riding Ability: Beginner-Advanced

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


PER PERSON – Minimum Group Size of 2

Start time


If I had a horse, I’d ride off in the sunset, where dreams and shadows lie.

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.


  • Minimum Age 13 Years
  • Weight limit 100kg
  • Minimum of 2 riders on a public holiday
  • This ride is not suitable for first time riders

You must learn in life to take things more lightly, my dear… 

Have you been busy?  That darn word is so prevalent in our lives today. You need something like a big sigh, something where you can feel a little at rest and watch the world go by, even if for only a couple of hours.


The Ambience of a Summer Afternoon.

A warm late afternoon, the sun is lowering in the sky.  The shadows are just starting to lengthen; you arrive at River Valley Stables.  There is the expectancy in the air of a fun and lightening couple of hours as your guide goes through what you need to know about your sunset horseback tour.


There is nothing more musical than a sunset on horseback.

You look around and see that the group size is kept small and intimate.  More than likely, it is just you and your group or partner.  Riding gear is put on, and girths are tightened, that is on the horse!  You have a brief instruction from your guide about our style and philosophy of riding. Then it is off on the trek, the late afternoon sun painting the landscape in a rich hue of greens, golds, and browns.


It is almost impossible to watch a Sunset and not to Dream

At this point, we are not going to tell you anymore, other than at some time along the ride, bubbles and crackers and lots of great scenery are involved.

Click on the Booking Link on this page to check availability and to Book your Trek.  Alternatively, search for other suitable horseback trekking adventures here


What we provide

  • Riding Boots
  • Helmet
  • Short chaps
  • Long oilskin riding coats for changeable weather
  • Picnic lunch
  • Bubbles, cheese and crackers

What to bring

  • Long pants
  • Socks
  • Warm top on cooler days
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle
  • Thirst for discovery

Have any questions?

Speak to one of our friendly adventure consultants who would love to help you out. / 0800 248666