Childs lead pony
Lead ponies are for YOU to lead your younger children around on. You can have the pony for up to two hours and lead as many children around as you want. The pony will have a lead rope instead of reins so that you can control and lead the horse. Please arrive by 9.30am or 12.30pm so that a guide can set you up and give you instructions on leading before the main trek leaves.
1 hour ride
Great for getting your first taste! You leave at the same time as the 2 hour trek but return to base early with a guide. If you book for one hour then decide you want to keep going for two hours that’s fine by us.
2 hour ride
This is our most popular ride. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or more experienced. Two hours lets us venture further from base and see more of the countryside. If you book for two hours but decide to return with the one hour group we are happy to refund the difference.
4 hour ride
Book into both morning and afternoon treks and ride from 10.00am to 3.00pm with a one hour lunch break back at the arena. If you decide at lunch time that you don’t want to do the afternoon trek we are happy to refund you the difference.
2 hour glow-worm special
This is a two hour trek leaving about an hour before dark. We ride the last half hour in complete darkness along a stream bed deep in a valley to see the glow-worms. You will get to see the lights over Hamilton as you ride back to base.
The glow-worm trek is ideal for intermediate and experienced riders who are confident they can control their own horse, are comfortable on steep hills and want to experience riding in the dark.
This is NOT suitable for first time riders, young children, people who may need assistance or people who are nervous about riding a horse in complete darkness.
Bring your own horse
We suggest that you start by following along on one of our two hour treks to learn where the many tracks go, and take advantage of having a guide to open and close the gates for you. Once you are comfortable with navigating the farm you are welcome to request permission to explore the tracks on your own. This is a great way of getting your horse fit on our interesting hill country and perfect for pony club children to get used to riding their horse outside an arena.
Other weekday treks
We can offer horse rides on other days with sufficient notice. There is a minimum charge of $200 (equal to 5 people for 2 hours) and pre-payment by internet banking is required. You can postpone or cancel up to 12 hours before and a full refund is available. We will also offer to rebook or refund your deposit if the weather means we need to cancel. There is no refund if you simply don’t turn up or call us after the horses have been brought in for your trek.
School classes, team building, private groups – see the ‘groups’ page for more details.