River Valley Stables

Natural Horse Trekking in New Zealand

River Valley Stables – Natural Horsemanship & Horse trekking, New Zealand 2020-07-24T01:51:37+00:00

River Valley Stables is currently closed for Winter, and will reopen on 1st October 2020.
Book your ride online now for the Summer season.

Welcome to the River Valley Stables.

Experience the freedom of riding using natural horsemanship techniques encouraging communication between horse and rider. All our horses are ridden bit less and barefoot. No metal in their mouths or on their hooves.

River Valley Stables has something for everyone – from a half day trek, to a multi-day horse riding holiday.  We offer adventures for riders of all abilities, from beginner to experienced, and our packages can be tailored to suit you.

Check out our various horse trekking options below to see which trek will suit you best. Alternatively, email our Sales Consultants on thelodge@rivervalley.co.nz who can help in matching your abilities and desires with the right adventure.

Horse Trekking Options:


This ride is for all abilities. It’s a good place to start if you’re new to horses. A half day adventure, honing your horsemanship skills followed by a horse ride out into the picturesque country side at River Valley.


At last a ride for experienced riders! Now you can get out and have some real horse time fun. This is a half day ride that moves along, exploring longer trails, with lots of opportunity to canter your horse. Experienced riders only.


A full day ride exploring the enchantment of the unique countryside this part of the world has to offer. You need to be comfortable in the saddle at all gaits to really enjoy this.


A beautiful evening ride taking in the dusky light fading over the hills. Enjoy a glass of bubbles and a picnic along the way.


A full day horsemanship experience. Combining a challenge packed horsemanship arena session with the opportunity to put into practice what you’ve learned as you explore the foothills of Pukeokahu.

Multi-Day Horse Trekking Holidays:


A 7 night, 8 day ride.  A fire-cracker of an itinerary with the feeling of freedom and adventure at its very core – return to mother nature and lift the veil on an enchanting part of New Zealand while being swathed in Maori culture.


Build your own holiday honing your natural horsemanship skills and exploring the spectacular scenery on horseback. 2,3,4 day options.


A 2-day adventure with a demanding ride by day, followed by a touch of luxury by night. This ride takes you down into the spectacular Rangitikei river gorge, crossing the river several times before reaching your destination.

More About The Stables:


Find out more about our philosophy and why Natural Horsemanship is at the core of everything we do at River Valley Stables.


We have a mix of horses at the stables, including the Kaimanawa (NZ Wild horse).  Meet our trekking team here.


Everyone takes away something special from their stay at River Valley. See what some of our guests have to say:

“My goal is to ride horses in as many countries as I can before I croak. This experience will always rank in the top five. The entire operation is very professional. The horses, the guides and the facilities are perfect. We rode through amazing farmland with both rolling hills and some steep inclines. The views through the entire trip were breathtaking!”

World Horse Adventurer


“Imagine if 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.”



“The most insane experience of my entire trip. I have ridden all my life but I may as well have been a beginner with the halters and the Australian western saddles. The staff explained all of the horsemanship to me and it was so interesting, the ride itself was so much fun and I was able to go for lots of canters amongst some absolutely gorgeous scenery. All in all – one of the best experiences of my entire month in New Zealand.”


Speak to one of our friendly adventure consultants who would love to help you out.

thelodge@rivervalley.co.nz / 0800 248666