The farm is owned by David Smith who was born on the property. He is a fourth generation descendant of the Smith Family after whom Smith Road was named. The original 100 acre Smith farm was expanded to include neighbouring properties by David. It is also a working dairy farm.
David and his four sons were keen trail bike riders which led to the original Karamu Trail Track being created on the farm in the mid 1980′s as an off-road trail bike track. It was open once a month to the public for trail rides until the mid 1990’s.
In later years David and his sons wanted new adventures, parked up their trail bikes and bought a small collection of horses. After a couple of years learning to ride and break in horses David decided to start running horse trekking on the farm. Since 2001 the tracks have been used and enjoyed by thousands of people who have come on horse rides with us. The family home which was built in the 1950's, has been offered as accommodation since 2008.
The tracks meander around hundreds of acres of hills and bush and every year David makes some new tracks to keep it interesting.
We have a great team of people who work together to look after you.
David and Sue
David is the owner and lives on-site, but since he has a typical farmers allergy to phones you'll never find him answering one. He is usually out working on the farm but has been known to tag along on treks from time to time. If you are staying at the farmstay he might drop in to see if anyone wants to tag along. You will see from the guest book he makes it an experience to remember.
Sue lives on-site with David, looks after the web site and helps with behind the scenes planning. She works in town and is allergic to farm work. Sue sometimes tags along with a trek for fun, taking a back seat (after years of leading treks). She's been known to take experienced riders off on a more challenging detour.
Robert and Krissy
Robert and Krissy live on-site and can sometimes be seen feeding or moving stock and milking cows.
Krissy is occasionally a trek leader and has been known to answer the phone. She has been riding horses for a very long time, has worked as a trek leader. If you want to buy one of our horses then Krissy can answer your questions.
Robert is the 'goto' guy for everything horsey. Robert can answer your questions about horses for sale or which foal belongs to which mare. He is sometimes a trek leader but he also looks after the horses, brings them in and puts them away at the end of the day. Robert also designs and sets up the tracks for the trail bike rides.
There are a many other people who help as volunteer guides on horse rides, some have been coming for years while others are relatively new. Some are former trek leaders who come back from time to time to help when they miss us!