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Our most popular and a unique experience – come and join us for our ride the waves experience. This two hour horseback ride will depart from our base along side the Waitangi Endowment Forest. The first part of the ride will take us on a scenic tour around Waitangi where you will learn about the local wildlife and culture from our experienced guides before looping back down towards Wairoa bay where we will take the horses for a swim. For more experienced riders we’ll head into the woodland for an hour at a faster pace and the chance to blow away a few cobwebs – a breathtaking experience that is not to be missed.

Wairoa bay is our own secret and quiet access to the bay. Our guides will remove the horses saddles and help you mount the horses bareback where we will assist you in taking the horses into the water for a splash and possibly swim. A truly unique and rare experience that is certainly not be missed.

Important: This ride is only available in the summer months (Nov-Apr) and is subject to sea and weather conditions

Pricing & Information
  • $150NZD per person
  • Minimum age 10 years
  • Weight Limit: 95kg*
What should we bring / wear and what time should we arrive?
Is this ride suitable for me?
I weigh more than 95kg can I still come for a ride?
What should we bring / wear and what time should we arrive?

We ask that all customers arrive 20 minutes prior to their booked departure time so we can fit helmets and also take you through a safety briefing.

What to bring for ride the waves:

  • Swim wear (you may want to wear this under your normal clothing)
  • Towel to dry off at the end of the ride

What to wear:

  • Closed shoes with a small heel are preferable (no Jandals!)
  • Long trousers / sports pants (shorts will chaff your legs in the saddle!)
Is this ride suitable for me?

This ride is suitable for all levels of experience. We are one of the only places in New Zealand (or the world!) that will allow even first time riders to take our horses for a swim in the sea.

Our rides will always move at the pace of the slowest rider though in mixed ability groups it may in some circumstances be possible for experienced riders to still trot and canter. We can also accommodate private rides for an additional fee – if you are interested in booking a private ride please contact us directly.

I weigh more than 95kg can I still come for a ride?

We do have a couple of horses available who are able to carry up to around 110 kg’s however we are limited by the number of bookings on each ride.

We therefore ask that if you are over our weight limit you please call us directly on +64 (0) 210 680 633 in order to get booked in. Please note that this will be subject to additional availability and our guides judgement is final – but we will try our best.

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