The River Valley Ride

An 8 Day Horse Riding Holiday

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The River Valley Ride – 8 Day Horse Riding Holiday

Duration: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Price: $4,075 NZD per person twin share
$4,575 NZD per person for single supplement

Departure Dates:
January 16th to 23rd 2021
February 6th to 13th 2021
March 20th to 27th 2021

Riding Ability:  Intermediate – Advanced

Conditions:  Minimum Age 13 Years.  Maximum weight 95 kg.

Group Size:  Min 6, Max 8 People

The Ride

There is SO much goodness to our ride in the North Island of New Zealand known as The River Valley Ride. As a circular point-to-point ride, you’ll start and end at your guide, Nicola Megaw’s family home: River Valley Lodge – a fifth generation family-owned lodge that sits poised on the wild Rangitikei River. With the on-the-move nature of this ride you’ll traverse jaw-dropping, ever-changing scenery. Just imagine: dreamy canters across bowling green pastures dotted with flocks of happy sheep, getting lost in pristine native bush where the silver ferns tickle your horses belly, loping across wispy pampas and bareback swimming.

The absolute gift of an eight day ride is the flow that comes with consistent time in the saddle. You’ll fall into a gentle rhythm with your horse, your fellow globetrotters and your guides, giving yourself the time to disconnect so that you can re-connect.

Not only that, you’ll get a lovely sense of Kiwi farming way-of-life with long-time local and host Nicola, personally guiding you through generational farming properties that aren’t accessible to the general public. Another night you’ll spend a night at a local Marae which is the focal point of Māori communities.

For those Globetrotters who yearn for the rhythm and sense of accomplishment that comes with eight glorious days in the saddle, and hold a deep desire to return to mother nature and to lift the veil on this enchanting part of New Zealand while being swathed in Maori culture, then – The River Valley Ride is for YOU.

This ride is a world exclusive – only bookable through Globetrotting Horse Riding Holidays.

The Details

What we Provide:

  • 7 Nights twin share accommodation (single supplement also available)
  • 8 Days of riding
  • Meals (from dinner on day 1 through to lunch on day 8)
  • Transfers to and from Taupo on days 1 and 8
  • All equipment – Riding Boots, helmet, leather chaps, and long oilskin riding coats for changeable weather.
  • A full list of what you need to bring will be sent upon booking.

What Is Not Included:

  • International and regional flights
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Accommodation in Taupo the day before and after the ride
  • Alcohol (BYO is welcome but not at River Valley Lodge)
  • Lunch on day 1


The accommodation varies throughout the ride. While staying at River Valley Lodge (first two nights then last night), you’ll enjoy comfortable twin share rooms with ensuites.

You’ll spend two nights ‘glamping’ (bell dome tents, camp stretcher and all bedding provided) and will have access to basic shower and toilet facilities.

You’ll also spend one night at a traditional Maori Marae (communal space, no single room available) and one night at Tarata Lodge with comfortable twin share rooms.

**For our solo globetrotters who opt for a twin share, you’ll share with another solo traveller of the same gender.

This ride is suitable for intermediate to experienced riders. All riders MUST be confident riding outside an arena at all paces over uneven ground.  Please keep in mind that this ride involves 8 days in the saddle, so suitable saddle fitness is a MUST.

Your Guides

You’ll be hosted and guided by Nicola Megaw and her daughter Janey. Days in the saddle will be narrated with Nicola and Janey’s in-depth knowledge of the land that you’ll be traversing while drawing on the diversity and vibrance of their cultures.

Nicola lives and breathes horses and is proud to have a string of naturally educated horses (majority are Kaimanawa) who are blissfully happy bit-less and barefoot.

janey horse trekking


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

0800 248666 / +64 6 388 1444