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: $3795 Per Person (Twin Share or Double Rooms*)

*Single rooms are not available on this ride.  Solo travellers will be paired with someone of the same gender.

Departure Dates:
10th Feb 2020 – SOLD OUT!
20th Feb 2020 – SOLD OUT!
16th March 2020 – SOLD OUT!

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 NEWEST ride in the North Island of New Zealand known as The River Valley Ride.

As a point-to-point ride, you’ll start 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. And you’ll end at Maori Elder, Tommy Waara’s ancestral land known as the Valley of a Thousand Hills.

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. You’ll share a drink with local farmers in a pop-up bar in the middle of a paddock (you can’t get any more Kiwi-centric than that!). 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. It’s a fire-cracker of an itinerary with the feeling of freedom and adventure at its very core.

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

The Details

What we Provide:

  • 7 Nights twin share accommodation
  • 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 (2 nights), you’ll enjoy comfortable twin share rooms with ensuites.

1 night is spent at a traditional Maori Marae.

For the rest of the itinerary (4 nights) you’ll be camping (tents and bedding provided) and will have access to basic shower and toilet facilities. You will be required to assist with camp set up and pack up each day, and your guides will be on hand to help out where necessary.

**There is no single accommodation available. For our solo globetrotters, you’ll share with another solo traveller of the same gender.

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  • the river valley ride - 8 day horse trek
  • the river valley ride - 8 day horse trek

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 Maori Elder, (Kaumatua), Tommy Waara. Best of friends, Nicola and Tommy met from a shared love of the New Zealand wild horse, the Kaimanawa. Days in the saddle will be narrated with Nicola and Tommy’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.

The Maori culture is omnipresent throughout this itinerary thanks to your kind-hearted, guide Tommy who you’ll have the unique privilege of riding shoulder to-shoulder with while discovering his ancestral lands on days six, seven and eight.

nicola & tommy


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

0800 248666 / +64 6 388 1444