Horseback Riding Vacation in New Zealand
In November 2008 I toured around the North Island of New Zealand on a Contiki bus. Our second to last stop on the trip was to the Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands sits near the northern tip of the country and has tons of adventure and active type tours for every tourist. From high speed boat tours to para sailing, sea kayaking in mangroves and horseback riding, there is much that one may do. In the small amount of time that I was in the Bay of Island, I chose to go on a horseback riding vacation.
Horseback Riding Vacation through Forest, Farmland, Volcano and Ocean
Upon reflection, I realized that in all of my life I had never gone on a horseback riding vacation. In fact, I had never ridden a horse, nor a pony as a little kid. This would be an ideal time to try a horseback ride. Especially since the trail ride would be trekking through a forest, farmland, going down the side of a volcano and, eventually, into the ocean. Who could resist a horseback riding holiday like that?
Horse Trek’n Horseback Riding Vacation
Our group of eight were picked up from our hotel and taken to the stables for the Horse Trek’n two hour tour. When we arrived at the stables, they gave us horse safety information and handed us our helmets. Next, they inquired about each person’s riding skills. It turns out that I was the only one in the group of riders never to have ridden a horse before. The horses were determined by the riders skill level and comfort with a horse. I would be riding “Jimmy” on this horseback ride. Jimmy was a slower horse, great for first timers.
Ready to go on a Horseback Riding Vacation
We walked out of the barn. There in front of us stood seven beautiful brown horses saddled up and ready to go on a horseback ride. Excited for my first horseback riding vacation, I asked which horse was Jimmy. I was pointed to the sad looking little white horse all by himself, far from the other horses. I had to laugh out loud but was excited to get going on our horseback holiday.
Our horseback ride was a two hour trek . We traveled together with the tour guides who were checking on all of us during the trail ride. Of course, the group was continually waiting for Jimmy and I to catch up. Luckily, a friend of mine on the horseback ride was an experienced equestrian and helped me along.
Horseback Riding Vacation to Wairoa Bay
We trekked down a big hill through the forest, around trees and big rocks and down along a trail through farmland. There were plenty of sheep to be seen everywhere. The views were beautiful. My favorite part of the horseback ride was when we got to take the horses into Wairoa Bay.
The price of this horseback riding vacation was very affordable and well worth the trip. I think I’ve proven that this horseback riding adventure is great for anyone, especially for those with little to none horseback riding experience. It is definitely a horseback riding experience that everyone should try.
If You Go:
Horse Trek’n 027 233 3490
Cailin O’Neil is first a traveler, then a filmmaker. She has traveled mostly solo for the past three years to 23 different countries blogging and filming along the way. In 2009 she fulfilled her biggest dream by producing and funding the filming of the first episode of her travel TV show “Travel Yourself”. Currently in post production, Cailin now balances editing the show with freelance work in film and TV in her home town of Halifax, Nova Scotia while fitting in more travels every chance she gets.