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New Zealand Horse Riding Holiday

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Do you want to experience a unique landscape on the back of a horse and stay overnight to soak in the beauty of nature? Then Stone Hill Horse Trek invites you to the Stone Hill Farm! Embark on the ultimate 3-day horseback adventure at Stone Hill horse trek. This magical experience will take you on a journey amongst grand volcanic boulders, pass countless charming streams, and infinite green rolling hills

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Tack Type: English and Western tacks
  • Horse Breed: Standard Bred, Thoroughbred and Stationbred
  • Horse Height Range: 14.1 to 16.3

Meet the instructors

Nicole
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Highlights

  • 3 riding days
  • Ride through the farm, boulders, streams, and rolling hills
  • Program for intermediate and advanced riders
  • Incredible landscapes
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German
Group size: 2-5 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Outdoor shower

Stone Hill Horse Trek has two accommodations available, one with a private pool. Enjoy endless country views of rolling hills and stock grazing. A great space to relax, plan, and recharge. Get away from the hustle and bustle of busy everyday life.

Farmstay with a private pool

Enjoy a modern two-bedroom chalet with a fully equipped kitchen, lounge area with Freeview TV, and a newly renovated bathroom. There is one double room (queen-size bed) including a sofa bed and a twin bedroom. Plus a large pool (not heated) right before the doorstep. You find spices, herbs, or cooking oil as well as coffee, tea, or sugar and milk (milk is supplied fresh from the farm) in your kitchen. They also have a barbecue available. Linens and towels are provided.

Bunkhouse

Enjoy a rustic accommodation with two bedrooms (one double room (queen-size bed) and one twin room), a separate big lounge with Freeview TV and a cozy reading corner, one bathroom, and a fully equipped kitchen with a very spacious dining table for a fun social catch up.

Program

Day 1

Arrive at Stone Hill in the afternoon and settle in at your accommodation for the Weekend. They will gather everyone at the pool with a welcome drink and a charcuterie board and get to know everyone in the group. Finish the evening with a barbecue and a good night's sleep.

Day 2

The morning begins with a continental breakfast in your accommodation. They then pick you up at 8:30 a.m. and drive over to meet the horses. They will match you with your horse for the weekend. Hands on! You will get to brush and tack up, the best way to get to know and bond with your riding buddy. After a briefing, you will head out for your first long ride over your 1500-acre farm.

This ride takes you on a journey amongst grand volcanic boulders and passes countless charming streams and infinite green rolling hills. Roughly halfway, you will stretch your legs and enjoy a tasty packed lunch. After the ride, you can cool down at the pool, relax in the spa, or go for a stroll. Finish the evening with a home-cooked meal at the pool.

Day 3

After breakfast, they pick you up at 9:00 a.m. and drive over to the horses. Brush and tack up your riding buddy for the next long ride over the stunning farm next door where some of the Hobbit Movie and The Rings of Power were filmed. On this ride, you will also stop for a yummy packed lunch. After the ride, you can relax at the pool, spa, or go for a stroll. Finish the evening with a home-cooked meal at the pool.

Day 4

On your last day, they pick you up at 9:00 a.m. Brush and tack up your horse for a shorter ride (roughly two hours) and enjoy some stunning views over the Waikato region from another farm next door. You will find a light lunch at your accommodation before heading back home to 'reality'.

About the holiday

At Stone Hill, they make sure you will experience a personal and memorable horse trek. You ride in small groups where you do not have to follow in line. They have a very gentle philosophy in their trekking business and prefer to have their horses ridden bitless where they can.

  • Time in saddle: four hours incl. lunch break on Saturday and Sunday / approx. two hours on Monday
  • Pace: varies from a walk right through to a canter

Riding ability

In order to fully enjoy the magic of this overnight ride, you will need to be either a strong intermediate or an experienced rider with a high level of riding fitness. Strong intermediate who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable and competent in all three gaits outside of an Arena; able to post or sit to the trot; have an independent seat while cantering (do not hold onto the saddle). Advanced a frequent rider who is very fit, comfortable in the saddle for at least four hours per day, and has an independent seat and soft hands.

Advanced riders are confident on a forward-moving horse at all paces over rough and variable ground on open terrain. This ride has a number of steep hills and narrow tracks that require a confident rider. If you used to ride regularly but have not for a few years, they strongly recommend building up some saddle hours before the ride. Your bum will thank you later.

Instructors

Nicole Singh

Location

The holiday will take place in Parawera, Waikato, New Zealand with infinite green rolling hills. Only 30 minutes from Te Awamutu or Cambridge.

Distances

  • Te Awamutu or Cambrid - 30 minutes
  • Rotorua Regional Airport (ROT) - 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Auckland Airport (AKL) - 2.5 hours

Food

You find a daily continental breakfast in your accommodation. Also included are two tasty packed lunches on the first two trail riding days and a light lunch on your last day before heading back home to 'reality'. And you will have every night a home-cooked meal to enjoy at the pool. Beverages or bring-your-own non-alcoholic drinks and alcohol are at your own expense. Coffee, tea, milk, and water are provided.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

  • 3 days of riding
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 continental breakfasts
  • 2 packed picnic lunches
  • 1 light lunch
  • 3 home-cooked dinners
  • Use of pool and spa pool
  • Riding helmet
  • Saddle bag

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Wet weather gear
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks

How to get there

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
4 days / 3 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Monday November 25, 2024
(4 days / 3 nights)

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