Horse riding

Horse riding

A variety of tracks are available to horse riders in the regional parks and forest - from steep trails for experienced, confident riders, to gentle valley floors for beginners.

Remember that these tracks are for others too – watch out for walkers and mountain bike riders.

The dunes and farmland of Queen Elizabeth Park offers easy, scenic rides for all levels of ability and fitness.


Battle Hill Farm Forest Park is popular with horse riders throughout the region, with its tracks over grassy hilltops. Offering links to the Akatarawa Forest, the park will also extend fit horses and experienced riders.


Belmont Regional Park offers gentle rides along the valley floor at Stratton Street oron the tops near Hill Road. Or you can venture onto challenging routes starting from several park entrances.


Kaitoke Regional Park now has an off-road link with Tunnel Gully so riders can explore a variety of terrain through regenerating and plantation forest. Always dismount and lead your horse through the underpass and Mangaroa tunnel.


Beware of logging operations

From time to time logging operations require horse riders to take extra care when riding in this area.


Horse riding code

  1. Give way to walkers. Be aware of other users - mountain bikers, farm and service vehicles.
  2. Stay on designated tracks - do not take shortcuts. Leave gates as you find them and seek permission to cross private property.
  3. Avoid disturbing wildlife or stock. Give animals a chance to move out of your way.
  4. Think Safety - always wear a helmet. Let someone know where you are going and when you will return. Be prepared for rapid weather changes.
  5. The busiest time in the parks are Sundays and fine evenings. Consider planning your ride outside these times if you wish to avoid meeting other users on your route.
  6. Familiarise yourself with park information at entry points before beginning your ride.
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