Home on the Range

A Multi-Day Horse Riding Holiday

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Home on the Range – A Horse Riding Holiday

Duration:  2-4 Days

Price For 2 Days: $1645 2 Pax Twin Share / $945 Single

Extra days: Per Extra Day $795 Twin Share / $445 Single

Season: 1st October to 31st May

Conditions: Minimum Age 13 Years.  Maximum weight 100kg.

A Horse Riding Holiday

Having operated a Trekking business for a number of years, one thing we have noticed is the desire amongst many of our riders for more. Specifically more knowledge.

More knowledge in particular about how to work with their horse for a more enjoyable experience for both rider and mount.

A Home on the Range horse trekking holiday is an experience where you can get to know your horse, bond with it, and feel your confidence and enjoyment improve as you explore new countryside, and undertake rides that have greater levels of challenge.

A Home on the Range Package Is What You Are After

Mix your time spent in the arena or exploring the countryside with accommodation at River Valley Lodge in a deluxe guest room, add some great country style meals, pick a wine from our selection, and you have the makings of a great break away.

The Rides

Your riding experience starts off with a couple of hours in the saddle on the first morning. During this time your Stables guide will have a chance to assess your riding ability and to match you with the appropriate horse for the duration of your stay.

That afternoon you will spend time learning about Natural Horsemanship techniques and how you can apply them.

The second day is an exploring day, putting into practice some of the Natural Horse Training techniques you learned the previous afternoon while taking in some of the magnificent scenery in our area, the hill country of the northern Rangitikei District. Riding will finish up at about 3.00pm allowing you time to return home if staying only two days.

Extra Days

For those people staying longer than the minimum two days, each subsequent day will be a mix of working with your horse in the arena, trekking over the surrounding hill country, and of course relaxing when you need a break. The price of the extra day includes another night in deluxe ensuite accommodation, a 3 course dinner, breakfast and your day of riding.

Fresh Scenes and New Vistas

Each ride will bring you to fresh vistas, with little crossing over of trails you have already ridden.

Rides will be tailored to your ability and progress.

How To Book

Just give us a call on 0800248666 to discuss availability, or follow the links on this page to Book Online.

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What We Provide:

  • Riding Boots, helmet, leather chaps, and long oilskin riding coats for changeable weather.
  • Meals:  Cooked Breakfast each morning. 3 Course Dinner each night, including the night of arrival.  Complimentary drink (house wine or beer) with dinner, Trekkers Lunch each day.
  • Rides:  Each day will incorporate horse riding experiences including both trekking and learning basic Natural Horsemanship techniques.
  • Accommodation: Garden or Riverside Deluxe guest room with own bathroom each night.
  • Free use of our Saunas and Hot tub.

What you need to Bring:

  • Long pants
  • Warm top on cooler days
  • Sunscreen
  • Lodge clothing
  • Comfy socks to wear in your riding boots
  • Riding gloves if preferred

Testimonials & Reviews

“We had fantastic 2.5 days of natural horsemanship at the River Valley stables.  The first day, we met our guide (Thomas), who was really sensible, funny and has lots of experiences with horses (and dogs!) at the stable. He gave us a short introduction how to handle the horses, did a demonstration with one of the horses and then introduced us to our 3 horses. We had the chance to start with a bit of groundwork around the stable to get used to the new style. All the 3 of us are coming from a classic english riding background. After we felt comfortable on the ground we got on our horses and practiced in a large paddock. Gaining some confidence we rode to the arena, which was a lovely 40minutes trek down the hills. The horses got a break there and we headed out for lunch, which was very good. In the afternoon, we learned how to exercise a horse in the round pen, mainly with body language, which went surprisingly well, when we did as we were told. Thomas has always given us good instructions and explanations how and why to do things. Finally, as one of the highlights, Thomas introduced us to one of the rarley handled Kaimanawas, which was just fascinating- what a beautiful horse Awa is!  On our second day we went for a whole day trek using our newly learned skills and had such a great day on horseback! The nature around there is just amazing and we got to canter a lot. We had a yummy packed lunch with us and horses got a nice break, grazing around us. At the end of the day, we could give our horses a nice shower and off they went.  On our last day, we trained again in the round pen, because we really wanted to try it again, additionally with practising how to get horses over obsticles. The worst part at the end was to say good-bye to our great horses– they did such a good job! Our love goes to Alfie, Rio and Elvis and of course all the best for Thomas, who was so patient with us and just lovely!  We definitely would recommend this experience to everyone who loves horses!”

Stephanie W.


“We were a group of four mature girls who came to learn natural horsemanship and enjoy a two day trek. In short our horses were absolutely fabulous as were our guides. We rode through big stunning country. Our accommodation was warm and cosy and food was amazing. A big thanks to the River Valley team for making this experience so special.”


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

0800 248666 / +64 6 388 1444