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11 Awesome Horse Treks in New Zealand

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If Gandalf can use a horse to navigate Middle Earth, why can’t you!

A huge aspect of New Zealand’s appeal are indeed the mountains, hills and lakes that were chosen to depict Middle Earth. Getting to view this scenery through fun activities makes them all the more spectacular, and horse trekking is certainly one of activities.

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1. Kahurangi National park

Ride along one of the lesser-known tracks of New Zealand. Lodged in the heart of the Baton Valley, this horse trek is only a short ride away from the famous Abel Tasman National Park.

Location: South Island
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2. Pakiri Beach

Only 1h30min away from Auckland City, gallop along a Pakiri Beach. This is a wide open white sand beach looking out onto the Pacific Ocean.

Location: North Island
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3. Whakahoro

Also know as Blue Duck Station, this almost inaccessible spot near the Whanganui National Park offers a challenging but rewarding horse trek. Go uphill to capture views of the surrounding rainforest.

Location: North Island
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4. Hurunui gorges

Live like a cowboy with a multi-day safari trip where you will be in charge of packing your horse. Trek through mountains and rivers!

Location: South Island
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5. Paradise Valley

Treat yourself to a fantastic horse ride, no matter what your level of riding experience is. Better yet, you can feel like you are in Middle Earth, as Paradise Valley was one of the Lord of the Rings’ filming locations. Only 45min away from Queenstown, in Glenorchy.

Location: South  Island
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6. River Valley

With scenery to die for, the valley is worth discovering sitting high up on a horse. It is also one of the cheapest options in the country.

Location: North Island
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7. Central Otago

From ancient gold mines to white sand beaches, there’s hundreds of kilometres of scenic path to be galloped on.

Location: South Island
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8. Wharariki Beach

The area offers impressive views of Farewell Spit and the surrounding landmarks including Pillar Point. Such landmarks are best enjoyed riding a majestic horse, don’t you agree?

Location: South Island
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9. Tongariro National Park

One does not simply walk into Mordor… but one can simply horse trek around it.

Location: North Island
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10 Punakaiki

Limestone cliffs, the Pancake Rocks, native bush; this well preserved spot in the Paparoa National Park is simply spectacular.

Location: South Island
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11. Aoraki Mt Cook

New Zealand’s tallest mountain along with the stunning Lake Puakaki are an amazing playground for horses and riders.

Location: South Island
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Want to see more of the animal kingdom?

Warning: we do not advise that you ride these animals.

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