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2 Days Idyllic Getaway and Coastal Trail Horse Riding Holiday in Northland, New Zealand

Sandy Bay Horses Farmstay, Matapouri, Northland, New Zealand

Horse Riding Holiday in New Zealand

Boutique Coastal trail riding and farmstay set on the stunning coastline of Northland New Zealand. Twelve horses run as a herd on the 35-acre horse property. A cozy comfy clean cabin provides idyllic lodging and access to some stunning farm riding. Follow private trails over steep terrain, pristine beaches and sweeping views of the pacific ocean. Some focus on horse connection and natural horsemanship.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 14 to 18 hands
  • Tack Type: Predominantly western, and English
  • Horse Breed: Thoroughbred, quarter horse, cross-breds, standard-bred

Meet the instructors

Kiley, Naomi, & Loretta
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  • 2 horse riding days
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4 hours
  • Very experienced guides with knowledge and expertise
  • A Philosophy on horse and rider connections and education
  • Swimming the horses in the pacific ocean on a private beach
  • 1 breakfast and 1 dinner
  • Packed picnic lunch on both trail riding days
  • Personalized boutique experience
  • 1 night accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


1 day with instruction
Group size: 2-3 participants
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  • Kitchen

During the holiday, you will stay at Sandy Bay Horses Farmstay in a very nice self-contained cabin which is suitable for couples. It also has a pull-out mattress as an option for a third person and it is fairly cozy.

There's a lovely clean cabin with bathroom attached outside. Comfortable linen, towels and soap / shampoo are provided. The cabin is an only 2-minute walk to a stunning, popular surf beach.


Day 1

  • Be at stables ready to ride at 9am. Check in is after 1pm same day into the cabin.

Day 2

  • Be ready to ride at 9am.
  • As the terrain is steep in places and can be very hot in the summer months, consideration is taken to the horse's welfare on how fast-paced you can ride.

Skills required for this holiday

  • Intermediate: at least 40+ days experience riding trails
  • Experienced: lifetime riders

Meet the team

There are normally around 12 horses on the coastal property, ranging from ponies to larger horses- crossbreds, quarter horses and standardbreds being the most popular. The poster boy Blue Gum has been here from the start and is a real safe gentleman, Lil’ girl is a gorgeous quarter horse, calm and especially careful. Eve an attractive mare who is a very good leader of the herd, just to name a few. Stay with Sandy Bay Horse Trekking and get to know them even better!

Brave Heart (Brave)

Dark buckskin, 7s years quarter / clyde cross 15.1hh. Cheeky, exuberant, querky-training western, Kiley’s personal horse.


Dark Bay, 7 years,Standard bred 18hh. Gentle GIANT, not really true to his breed looks more like a heavy thoroughbred. Wyatt is really really tall and pretty! He is amazing at his job, nice and responsive and sure-footed for a big horse.


Dark Bay, 8 years, Standard bred 15.1hh. Lead mare of the herd, very pretty mare who is a nice ride very confident and safe.


Dark Bay, 6 years, Standard Bred 14.3hh. Super friendly gorgeous horse! A guide favorite, Mercedes is super smart and clever. Mercedes is training and will become a very nice pleasure horse.

Blue Gum 'BG-blue

Grey, 18 years Quarter / stationbred 14.3hh. Poster Boy! He is a remarkable pony who is very responsive and safe, lovely paces, and was a 115m showjumper and holds some national pony club games records.

Dainty lil Girl ' (Girl)

Chestnut flaxin mane, 18 years American Quarter horse 14.1hh. Western pleasure horse, very responsive and quiet pony great for kids. A big favorite!


15.2hh 7 years old Bay thoroughbred mare, started life in polo very nice classy riding horse for knowledgable riders.


15.2hh 9 years old Bay thoroughbred mare- Ellas full sister! also started out in polo and then trail, a lovely mare for intermediates and up.


Red Bay, 4 years, Standard bred 14.1hh. New girl on the block! Sandy Bay Horse Trekking team had to buckle and save her from a sad situation of starvation, after 2 months of feeding and TLC she is going strong and is a super smart wee horse, so much potential.

Just A Durac ‘ (Gus)

Chestnut, 17 years American Quarter horse 15hh. Western pleasure horse, knows the jog and lope, likes experienced riders.


Grey, 19 years Percheron cross 15.2hh. Merlin is very slow and can get a bit lazy! He is a great confidence booster for beginners.

Rhiarmis Southern Belle (Belle)

Chestnut, 7 years American Quarter horse 15.2hh. Currently in foal due 2019 breeding season. Pleasure riding horse with a bit of spunk.


Kiley Pullman

Naomi Lovell

Loretta Anderson


The holiday takes place in Sandy Bay (4 kilometers North of Matapouri township and 35 kilometers from Whangarei main center).



  • Horse riding


  • Beach
  • Kitchen


Two packed picnic lunches are provided on trail rides.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 horse riding days
  • Approximate daily ride time: 4 hours
  • Familiarizing / short lessons
  • A personalized educational boutique experience
  • Experienced guides with some focus on natural horsemanship techniques
  • 1 dinner and 1 breakfast
  • 2 packed picnic lunches on trail rides
  • 1 night accommodation, linen provided, self-contained (cabin to be left tidy on departure)
  • Use of horses and helmets

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Activities
  • Wet weather gear
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Whangarei Airport (WRE) or Auckland Airport (AKL). From the airport, you can rent a car or take the coastal commuter bus which is available from the Whangarei bus depot / airport 60 USD 1- 2 pax one way (subject to timetable).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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