Saddle Up & Ride the Coast
With many kilometres of varied riding right on the doorstep, the Kāpiti Coast is a true destination for horse riders. From dedicated horse camping with your favourite equestrian friends, to farm-stays and horse B&B options, clubs and equestrian events, you're truly spoiled for choice!
SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES
For 5-12 year-olds the Horsey Holiday Programme at Kāpiti Equestrian & Vaulting Club includes horse riding, vaulting, horse care, acrobatics, circus, games and crafts.
Pony-Tales Riding School
148 Akatarawa Road Reikorangi, Waikanae
At the Pony Tales school holiday programme each rider will be given their own pony for the day and will learn basic horsemanship and pony care working towards becoming a confident handler.
The programme covers a wide range of horse activities and budding equestrians will spend 45 minutes at each of the four activities (3 hours in the saddle over the course of the day!) John Wayne would be proud!
WHERE TO STAY WITH YOUR HORSE
Te Horo Farmstay
737 State Highway 1, Te Horo
Te Horo Farmstay at Te Horo Equestrian Centre is a comfortable two-bedroom, converted milking shed which sleeps five - and the adjoining Studio with a queen bed sleeps another two guests. It is private, sunny, peaceful and enjoys the rural charm of the farmland surrounding it. With a well-equipped kitchen, lounge with wood burner, dining for six and a large concrete terrace, the Farmstay offers an opportunity to relax in privacy with spectacular views.
If you are interested in things equine, the adjoining Te Horo Equestrian Centre offers lessons, short treks and grazing for privately owned horses. The treks are escorted and supervised and suitable for any age or level. You can even bring your own horse!
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Kapiti Equestrian Penthouse Sheds
Nimmo Avenue West, Waikanae
Nestled beside the paddocks, the Penthouse Sheds at Kāpiti Equestrian in Waikanae allow you to enjoy breakfast or dinner in the outdoor kitchen/seating or in the shed garden with the company of horses. The quiet location, which is surprisingly close to the Expressway, provides a lovely place for your and your horse to stay - with access to the river track & beach.
Bring your own horse (upon request) with you to stay and explore all the wonderful facilities Waikanae offers.
WHERE TO FIND HORSEY FRIENDS
Riverbank Farm Equine
Riverbank Farm, 124 Riverbank Road Extension, Otaki
Riverbank Farm Equine is a unique horse and rider training facility offering lessons, a variety of clinics, and horse and rider education with a focus on empathy and confidence.
Director Jane Lenaghan is so passionate about horses that she offers weekend retreats for horses and adults during which a variety of activities are on offer including groundwork, obstacles, jumping, hacking, schooling and an introduction to liberty. Nothing is compulsory, and though you will be encouraged to stretch yourself if you feel like staying within your comfort zone that is perfectly fine too.
See Facebook for more information about the services on offer at Riverbank Farm Equine and dates for clinics and retreats.
Kāpiti Equestrian & Vaulting Centre
13b Nimmo Avenue West, Waikanae
The Kāpiti Equestrian & Vaulting Centre in Waikanae is operated by the not-for-profit Kāpiti Vaulting Club Inc. – a dedicated and unique family-oriented club.
Visitors and clients of all ages visit to engage in their passion for horses. They offer riding within a beautiful, well-set garden and structured horse environment, inclusive of two large arenas (indoor and outdoor).
Te Horo Equestrian Centre
Te Horo Equestrian farm and Riding Centre offers riding opportunities that suit all ages and experience levels. Just 5km from Te Horo Beach they offer pony rides for littlies, treks for older or more advanced riders and have a qualified instructor available for lessons.
Their school holiday program includes lessons, pony rides, treks, and Own-a-Pony Days on a daily basis. Looking for the full farm experience? Families can book the Farmstay for a “Night on the Farm”.
Pony Tales Riding School
148 Akatarawa Road Reikorangi, Waikanae
Nestled in the beautiful Reikorangi Valley on Koharangi, a 100-acre working farm, Pony Tales Riding School offers lessons, holiday programmes and delightful pony parties!
Whether it’s your child’s first time on a pony, you are looking to strengthen their skills or get out into competition Jackie and the team have the facilities, instructors, and pony sizes to help achieve these goals while developing leadership, resilience, and self-confidence in a supportive and fun environment.
Facilities include: 60 x 20-meter floodlight indoor Dressage arena, 60 x 40-meter outdoor floodlit Jumping arena, 500-meter training track, Indoor Stables, Covered yards, Outdoor yards, and River treks.