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