Home on the Range – A Horse Riding Holiday
Duration: 2 Days
From: $819 Per Person Twin Share / $869 Single
Extra days: $399 Per Day
Minimum Age 13 Years
Season: 1st October to 31st March
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
A River Valley Stables Home on the Range horse riding break.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- A camera suitable to be taken riding
- Lodge clothing
“A Magical Kingdom in the middle of nowhere that encompasses your every being.”
Dear River Valley
I was just staying at River Valley Lodge and I just wanted to let you know what a magical time I had. I was staying on the ‘2-Day Trekker deal’ and it was very worthwhile.
It was hard not to feel welcome there, everyone was friendly and it felt like being at home with a big family.
Imagine you will, a trip entailing a trail ride ambling through stunning countryside, a quartet of horse treks across gentle and challenging terrain, and a beautiful lodge cocooned in a valley, alongside a raging river, where you feel like you’ve just dropped off the edge of the planet into another world.
A magical kingdom in the middle of nowhere that encompasses your every being, a place that leaves you feeling in awe of the breathtaking scenery, relaxed from the serene and peaceful ambience and, a few sore muscles from hours of horse riding!!
So thank you River Valley Stables for making my time there an unforgettable experience.
We were unaware of the existence of River Valley until we were given the voucher; and second, our age. As one gets older one is naturally more cautious and analytical of consequences. But of course we had not gone looking for adventure activities so had no reason to Google horse trekking in order to find River Valley.
Once at River Valley, I discovered that my memories of my enjoyment of horses and riding were correct and I was not disappointed with my two days in the saddle. And even more amazingly I was not sore the following week! The natural horsemanship was great to learn about though a real change from what we were used to.
The specific feature we liked the most was the ambience of the whole area and operation. We would have loved to be able to stay longer and thus relax more.
The main highlights for us were the isolation, the views, and the great people.
It is good to be pushed out of your comfort zone every now and again but in a safe environment. The horses are all well-schooled yet still have a mind of their own – they are definitely not English beach ride ponies !
We definitely want to come back to try the gentle rafting float down the river (in the summer!)
I would like to add that it was unfortunate that our visit coincided with the end to the Indian Summer. In hindsight, we think that it was marginal to go riding on the Sunday. After all the dry weather the track surfaces were very slippery and by the second ride on Sunday there was less and less grass remaining on the tracks to help give the horses a grip . The horses were slipping quite a lot and one fell first to its knees a couple of times. I was glad that we had decided that Mike would not ride the second day.
With thanks and kind regards
Rosemary and Mike