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Find out more about our Area

We’re based in one of the oldest, and most culturally significant parts of New Zealand. Our horse riding base is located alongside the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds and just 5 minutes outside of Paihia, and centrally located between Russell, KeriKeri and Kawakawa.

Our horse rides take us alongside the coastline of Wairoa Bay and through the native and pine woodland of the Waitangi Endowment Forest. On this page you can find out more about our location and some of the key areas you will find out more about on your horse riding adventure.

The Bay of Islands was the first area to be visited and then settled by European explorers and received it’s name from Captain James Cook in 1769. Previous to this around 700 years before it was discovered by the ‘Mataatua’  a large Maori migration canoe which had traveled all the way from ‘Hawaiki’.

The Bay of Islands consists of over 140 natural islands, the largest of which is Urupukapuka. As part of Northland in New Zealand it experiences mild sub-tropical temperatures all year around – frequenting over 25°C in Summer and rarely below 10°C in Winter. The first European settlement in the area was Russell which can be seen in the distance from Paihia and is commonly reached by passenger or vehicle ferry.

The Ipipiri is the name gave to the first historic map of the Bay of Islands

 

Looking for something suitable for the whole family? Why not give the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park a go? They’re right next door, and have different grades of tracks and trails available for the whole family. If you don’t have your own bike you can hire them on-site and if visiting during the school holidays or weekend they also run a shuttle bus service too!

No trip to the Bay of Islands is complete without taking a trip out to see all 144 islands (okay well maybe not all of them!). Why not head out with our friends at Explore to get out and see more of the sea, if you are lucky you might find Dolphins and all other kinds of marine life as well!

For the adrenaline junkies amongst us – you simply can’t miss these two options – why not fly high above the Bay of Islands with a trip on the Flying Kiwi Parasail or if you are feeling extra brave you can check out the team at Bay of Islands Skydive as well! While they might not be for the faint of heart there is no better way to get that adrenaline pumping and seeing incredible views at the same time.

Discover the History and Birthplace of a Nation with a guided tour around the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Find out more about the Treaty of Waitangi itself and explore the stunning museum exhibits and see the amazing Ng?tokimatawhaorua – the worlds largest Ceremonial War Canoe. Waitangi have events for the whole family all year round – and is a stop that should be on itinerary of every visit to New Zealand.

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