High Country Enchantment

Full Day Horse Trek

Full Day Horse Trek, experienced horse ride, Taihape, New Zealand 2020-09-22T03:10:55+00:00

High Country Enchantment – A Full Day Horse Trek

Duration: Full day

Price: $249 per person

Season: 5th November to 30th April

Riding Ability:  Intermediate – Advanced

Conditions:  Minimum Age 13 Years.  Weight limit 100kg. Minimum of 2 riders on a public holiday.

Have you been looking for a Full Day New Zealand Horse Trek that combines great scenery, good horses, good tack, knowledgeable guides, and no beginners?

Are you an Experienced Rider?

Being an experienced rider you are looking for something more than what is offered by the usual horseback riding tours, and while maybe not on a horse regularly, you have ridden extensively. At times in your life you have owned a horse, and enjoyed its company.

When on holiday, do you look for trekking experiences that remind you of those times, and what it can be like to explore new country from horseback. The sheer thrill and pleasure of getting to places others only dream about.

How often do you actually find this type of experience?

A Full Day Horse Trek with River Valley Stables may be what you are looking for. This ride (5 -6 hours in the saddle), is the most demanding trail riding that we do.

River Valley Stables operates at some of the highest elevations of any trekking operation in New Zealand, so weather conditions can change quickly. This alters our choice of trails used on any given day.

If the weather is looking okay, then the ride will be to the top of Pukeokahu (1000 metres above sea level), what we call a hill, but many would call a mountain. Many of the trails are steep, however the views from the top are incredible – you will just have to take our word for it and check them out yourself!

Following Tracks that allow plenty of exploration

At other times we will follow tracks that explore the Rangitikei River.

But wait, you are thinking to yourself, all the reasons why you shouldn’t go. You don’t want to have to put up with beginners, you have not ridden in a while so could get a bit sore, and you don’t want some old donkey of a horse! (Nothing against donkeys)

Recognising your Concerns

At River Valley Stables we realise that you will have these and other concerns. We can guarantee that there will be no inexperienced riders on this trek. Only people with a reasonable amount of riding experience will be able to enjoy this ride.

Group size will be small, normally 2-3, but occasionally up to 8 (including the guide).

Special Care Taken to Match Horses, Riders and Saddles

Your guides will take special care to ensure that they match you with the appropriate horse and just as importantly, the right saddle. You can let us know any particular requirements you have in the booking process. We carry English, Western, and Australian stock saddle, styles.

As far as horses go, again we will match a horse to you. Most of our herd are bred from sturdy Station hacks, horses that are strong and sure footed.

What Happens in Bad 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 trek.

Full Day treks are ONLY suitable for people with extensive riding experience. If we feel that you do not have the experience required, we will shorten the trek.

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.

Alternatively Search for other suitable horseback trekking adventures here

What we Provide:

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

What you need to Bring:

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

Testimonials & Reviews

“High Country Enchantment = FUN & MAGICAL!  My friend Ivan and I had a wonderful High Country Enchantment ride with a lovely and captivating guide Bijmin. He took us to great lookout points where we could see volcanoes such as Mt. Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe (Mt. Doom in Lord of the rings for the fans), as well as the several surrounding mountains while passing through sheep and cow herds. He told us many stories about the region, the culture, etc.  We learnt a new way of riding which strengthens the rider-horse communication. Just amazing.  The horses were adorable and very well-trained. We wish we could have stayed longer as the place is amazing, peaceful and with a great ambiance. We had a lot of fun and we cannot wait to ride horses again.”

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Charline Lormand


“If you want a ride with breathtaking scenery, on horses that are relaxed, happy and willing, go visit River Valley. We went on a full day trip and could not fault any aspect. We all own our own horses and ride regularly so ethical and safe trekking for horse and rider very important. Our guide Autumn spent a lot of time with each if us individually before heading out to ensure we had a good partnership with our mounts and understood the rider cues the horses expected. Nice to be hosted by a kiwi guide too. We loved the 350 views from the high point of the farm. Now we just want some River valley training tips for our own horses!”

Alison C.


“Had an absolutely amazing day at River Valley stables. Did the full day trek and the views from the mountain were stunning. My horse was great as well and really fun to ride. Fantastic views, great trek and awesome tour guide. Thank you so much for a fantastic day!”

Alice Mannewald



Contact one of our friendly adventure consultants who would love to answer any questions you might have.

0800 248666 / +64 6 388 1444