Updated 23 July 2020 2:58pm
A variety of tracks are available to horse riders in the regional parks and forests, from steep trails for experienced, confident riders, to gentle valley floors for beginners. Remember that these tracks are multi-use, please watch out for walkers and mountain bike riders.
Horse riding in the regional parks and forests
- Queen Elizabeth Park offers easy, scenic rides for all levels of ability and fitness along the dunes and farmland.
- Battle Hill Farm Forest Park is popular with horse riders throughout the region, with its tracks over grassy hilltops.
- Akatarawa Forest offers a link back to Battle Hill Farm Forest Park for experienced riders. Trails in this area require you to have a key, which you can get by applying for a Special Access Permit.
- Belmont Regional Park offers gentle rides along the valley floor at Stratton Street or on the tops near Hill Road. Trails in this area require you to have a key, which you can get by applying for a Special Access Permit.
- Kaitoke Regional Park now has an off-road link with Pakuratahi Forest's 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. Trails in this area require you to have a key, which you can get by applying for a Special Access Permit.
Beware of logging operations
From time to time logging operations require horse riders to take extra care when riding in this area. You can view the weekly logging calendar here.
Horse riding code
- Give way to walkers and be aware of other users
Stay on designated tracks
Leave gates as you find them and seek permission to cross private property
Avoid disturbing wildlife or stock.
Always wear a helmet
Let someone know where you are going and when you will return
Be prepared for rapid weather changes.
Familiarise yourself with park entry points before your ride