Burn the Breeze

Half Day Horse Trek For Experienced Riders

Half Day Horse Treks, experienced horse trekking, New Zealand 2018-11-24T00:38:13+00:00

Burn The Breeze

Duration: Half day

Cost: $189 per person

Season: All Year Round – 1.30pm departure daily.

Having trouble finding a riding experience that delivers more than the standard Two Hour Horse ride?

Ridden before, and feel you are up to more?

You are an experienced rider who would love to get out and explore some new country on a horse that is going to move along and you won’t feel restricted by others.

Time to mount up for a Half Day Horse Trek.

This horse trek entails approximately 3 hours on horse back. You take on more demanding trails than our shorter rides. While riding you explore the foothills of a major local landmark known as Pukeokahu (Hill of the Hawk).

This trail ride also gives you the opportunity to experience views of Mt Ruapehu and the northern Ruahine ranges, and incorporates stopping at some spectacular viewing points overlooking the Rangitikei River canyon.

The Trouble is, the whole idea of an organised horse trek

However the problems are, the whole idea of an organised horse trek with quite likely people who cannot sit a saddle, and maybe too many of them, and the whole time at a walk, does absolutely nothing for you.

You want to travel reasonably quickly, get a few chances to move faster than a trot, and check out some great scenery. Add to that you learnt to ride in a certain riding style, and don’t want to have to put up with a Western saddle if you ride English, and vice versa.

And will the horses have more life than a old nag? (nothing against old nags which are a great animal in their place).

Reasonable Requests are they Not?

Reasonable request is it not – move quickly, great scenery, no beginners, good horse, and the right saddle? Not asking too much are you?

Absolutely Not!

Group size will be small, with a maximum of 8. Everyone on the trek must be competent riders, and this does not mean a pony ride at the beach, consequently the ride moves quickly.

River Valley Stables guides will take special care to ensure that we match the right horse, (and we do have a good range in the herd), with the right saddle, for you. We predominately ride in Australian stock saddles which are comfortable trail saddles and suit the terrain we ride over.  However, we also have Western and English saddles if this is your preference.

And the scenery…….., goes without saying doesn’t it?

The only real question you need to ask yourself now, is whether this ride will really be enough, or maybe you should instead look at a Full Day!

What about the Weather?

If you are worried about the weather on the day, don’t be. We will fully refund your payment if we deem the weather to be unsafe, or simply too atrocious to undertake this horse ride.

All riding equipment is supplied, including boots, helmets, chaps, and long oil skin riding coats.

Season – All Year, however only morning departures are available from the 1st June to 30th September.

Minimum Age – 13 Years – (we do make exceptions to this if a younger person has extensive riding experience)

Click on the Booking Link on this page to check availability and to Book your trip.

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What we Provide:

  • Riding Boots
  • Helmet
  • Leather chaps
  • Long oilskin riding coats for changeable weather.

What you need to Bring:

  • Long pants
  • Warm top on cooler days
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • A thirst for discovery

Alex talking about a Half Day Horse Trek

Testimonials 'n Reviews

“The views were stunning, the guide helpful and friendly and the ride a great length.”

Dear River Valley Stables

Thank you for the horse ride we experienced with you. Stu got to ride Honey and the owner kindly brought in Rico – her own horse for me to ride. He was very responsive and had great movement. Sorry that the sheep on the road made us late. The views were stunning, the guide helpful and friendly and the ride a great length.

We also went down to see the people come in from rafting and had lunch. Here I grabbed some brochures so hopefully I will be able to send River Valley and the Stables some customers. I can highly recommend the horse trek.
Thanks again New Zealand was truly more magical than I expected.

Yours Sincerely

Anna Skeer

Hey Lizzy,

Well I promised I would e-mail and let you know how the horse treks compared. I did a trek in Westport and another in Queenstown. Westport was fun cause we got to swim in the river on horseback and I was given top position in the line. However, there was no galloping and my friend felt neglected as she was on a small pony at the rear of the ride where she could hear nothing so big fail there.

In Queenstown, I went on an ‘experienced riders only’ trek and yet there was still no galloping. Disappointing to say the least. It was also very painful for some reason. I must have had resonant pain from your and Westport’s hacks!!! 😉

I am STILL raving about how excellent a trek I had with you and how it was worth every cent and more. Ricoh was a fantastic horse and you were an excellent guide. I have to say that out of all my experiences in Australasia so far, including the skydive and rafting, the horse trek in River Valley with yourself was by far my favourite.

So thank you so much for giving me my favourite memory of my whole trip so far. I have decided to look into getting some work in the outback when I get settled in Perth and it’s you that has given me the courage to do so.

Thanks again.

Ailbhe McCusker

“I am STILL raving about how excellent a trek I had with you.”

“Being an experienced rider, I just wanted to go with a guide (and maybe a small group), and get out there and just kind of be free.”

Hi River Valley Stables

I decided to try River Valley Stables because I really wanted to go somewhere that was going to let me ride how I ride. You know, not go and plod around some field with 10 other people.

I was recommended to River Valley Stables because of the amazing views and how you could stretch your legs a little bit and get out there and do your own thing as well.

And that is what I actually found with this experience.

Lizzie the guide was great. We went for a few good runs, had some fun and explored a bit, which was nice.

It was very very important to me to not go with a heap of beginners. I understand that you’re going to have to do it sometimes, but for me being an experienced rider, I just wanted to go with a guide (and maybe a small group), and get out there and just kind of be free.

That’s what I came to River Valley to do.

I thought the views were absolutely stunning. Beautiful clear, clear sky with no rain.

We also stopped for a cup of tea on the top of the mountain. Just great!

The horses are fantastic. Bling was such a gentleman. He really knew what he was doing.

And also getting a few good runs as well, just running across those paddocks and being able to get the horses to stretch their legs.

I would recommend this Half Day ride to anyone who loves getting out and seeing the country and actually wants to experience what New Zealand has to offer. I would also recommend it to people who just want to enjoy horses and just have some positive experience with them.

Definitely book at least a Half-day ride if you really want to just get out there and fully experience a trek.

I’ll be coming back in summer to go jumping. I didn’t get to do that on the day I went out, but definitely, definitely coming back.

Alex Hoskins-Smith

Auckland NZ