NileGuide Expert Says:
Not your usual tourist activity! Riding horses on New Zealand beaches has got to be one of the most offbeat ways to experience the good life here.
Pakiri, New Zealand
+64 9 422 6275
Points for originality, this operation offers horse rides from 1/2 an hour right up to 7 day treks with accommodation in nice cabins and home cooked meals. You'll get a rundown of "the rules" for having a great time on a horse on their website to study beforehand so you can feel confident and they provide any safety equipment needed. One of their most popular rides is the "Pub to Pub" which is a three-day ride that takes in a Maori Pa site and a couple of fine drinking establishments. I just hope the horses don't drink!
The farm is located near Matakana, which is know by foodies all over New Zealand. So, it would be easy to combine a ride and a stay over in Matakana if that takes your fancy.