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New Zealand All-Level Riding Lessons and Holiday

The quality riding instructions are offered both in the indoor and large outdoor arenas and there are ride-outs on the exercise track. Thompsons Horse Centre specializes in teaching you to ride on either your own horse or one of their well-schooled mounts. The center also offers top-class facilities for grazing and livery horses; they also have an on-site registered qualified farrier.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 242 pounds / 110 kilograms
  • Tack Type: English Tack
  • Horse height range: 12hh to 16.2hh
  • Horse Breed: TB and NZ Stationbred Horses/Ponies


  • 2 riding lessons per day
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 hours
  • Riding program for all ages and all riding levels
  • Quality riding instructions
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Well-schooled horses

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction
Group size: 2-4 participants
Airport transfer available:
Wellington International Airport (US$104 per person)
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  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Free parking

You will be staying at Thompsons Horse Centre. There are four bunks in a self-contained flat above the indoor arena, this has a large dining table, TV, microwave, hobs, fridge, and downstairs, there is a shower, toilet, washing machine, and dryer.


  • Large outdoor arena 70x65 meters, fully lit, showjumping course, dressage arena with superior soft rubber/sand surface
  • Fully lit indoor arena (To use outside riding school hours)
  • Exercise training tracks (600 meters and 1000 meters)
  • Grooming tie stalls
  • Warm water shower for horses
  • Tack room (Locked to store your gear)
  • Feed room
  • Toilets
  • Coffee/tea/TV
  • Float/truck parking
  • Solarium


Thompsons Horse Centre caters for all levels, beginners to advanced, and all ages. They have a good range of schooled horses and ponies to learn on.

During this holiday, your morning starts with feeding and mucking out yards and stables, then the horses will be brought in to be groomed and tacked up for lessons. You will be able to help get your own horse ready and then have a one-hour riding lesson with others in your group before lunch.

After lunch, you will have another riding lesson or a leisurely ride out around the farm, then help untack, feed, and put away your horse. You will have some free time in the late afternoon to see some other Wellington sights or just enjoy relaxing before dinner in your self contained accommodation.


Nestled amongst beautiful tranquil landscapes, the horse center is situated in the picturesque Mangaroa Valley, five minutes from Upper Hutt City or just a short 35-minute drive from Wellington City.



  • Horse riding


  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property


  • Free parking
  • Laundry


The accommodation has an open plan kitchen and dining room that allows you to prepare and cook your own meals, takeaway deliveries are available, and there are also restaurants close by Upper Hutt city. Continental breakfast is available on-site by request at 15 NZD per person per day.

What's included

  • 2 1-hour riding lessons per day
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Use of the center's facilities
  • Quality riding instruction

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • All meals, snacks, and drinks
  • Additional activities
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Wellington International Airport (WLG). The airport pick up or drop off is priced at 150 NZD per party for each transfer.

Arrival by train

You can also be picked up or dropped off from Upper Hutt railway station at 20 NZD per party.

Airport: Wellington International Airport Airport transfer available: Wellington International Airport (US$104 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 10 days before arrival.
5 days / 4 nights
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Minimum requirement

As guests are staying in one room, riders would all need to be coming together, therefore, there is a minimum requirement of 2 participants.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Monday August 2, 2021
(5 days / 4 nights)

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