Horse Treks

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Punakaiki Valley and the rugged charm of a West Coast beach from horseback!

From October through May we offer daily horse treks into the Punakaiki Valley that conclude with a stroll along the beach. 

We also offer personalised treks for those riders who would like extra tuition or a ride specifically tailored to their abilities. Young children can enjoy led-rides on the beach.

Our popular 2.5 hour trek begins by crossing the Punakaiki River and then takes the scenic route to view the stunning scenery of the Paparoa National Park. As we ride through lush West Coast native bush, you’ll have the opportunity to snap photos of the huge limestone cliffs capped with verdant temperate rainforest.

Birdlife is abundant in the valley and riders will be able to quietly observe from horseback. Keep an eye out for the native New Zealand wood pigeon (Kereru), who can sometimes be seen swooping low through forest corridors… Paradise ducks, the nosy weka, gorgeous-plumaged pukekos, oyster catchers, spur-winged plovers and harrier hawks are also common onlookers.

Halfway along, we make a stop along the river at a bush hut for a stretch and photographs, before winding our way back to the coast. This spectacular trip is rounded off with a quiet walk along the Punakaiki beach. Riders can experience the powerful sea rolling onto the famous Pancake Rocks, as they sit on horseback with the horses snorting at the salt spray from the waves.

Pricing and further information

2.5 hour group trek – $190.00 per person (minimum of two people)

Personalised ride - $240.00 per person (minimum of two people)

For the health and well-being of our horses we have a weight limit of 95kg (or 210 pounds). We reserve the right to weigh all customers on the day of the ride and if they exceed our weight limit, they will not be permitted to ride and a full charge will apply.

We offer:

  • Experienced, friendly guides who provide quality service with an emphasis on rider safety
  • We have been operating our horse treks since 1996
  • Elementary horse riding tuition
  • Intermediate or advanced riders (as deemed by our guides) are permitted to trot and canter at specified times, while beginner and novice riders are restricted to walking
  • New Zealand stationbreds and warmblood standard-bred horses known for their quiet temperament
  • Modern stables located 500 metres south of the Pancake Rocks
  • Helmets and wet weather gear
  • Light refreshments at our hut in the Punakaiki valley
  • Small groups
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Free camping available for self contained vehicles

What you should bring:

  • Riders should wear long trousers and closed-toe shoes with a slight heel (walking boots)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Suitable clothing for weather conditions


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