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!
WHERE TO STAY WITH YOUR HORSE
Horse Camping at Ōtaki-Māori Racing Club
Based inside the extensive grounds of the Ōtaki-Māori Racing Club and looking out onto the stunning Tararua Ranges, this dedicated horse camping area provides all of the facilities needed by riders and horses alike. Just 5 minutes from State Highway 1 and the Otaki township, you can set up your tent, float or horse-truck right next to your horse’s yard.
There are many hours of riding available within 20 minutes drive of the camp - whether trail riding, beach trekking, riding alongside (or in) the rivers in Otaki and Waikanae, or hacking the hilly tracks at Whareroa Farm, the Kāpiti Coast absolutely can cater for your style of riding.
Otaki can also help with your equestrian and camping supplied with Farmlands, Hunting & Fishing, Kathmandu and New World all on nearby. Should the worst happen, the large animal team at Equine & Farm Vet Services on Riverbank Road provide 24-hour support.
Note: Camping at the Ōtaki-Māori Racing Club is a trial for Dec 2021 to Feb 2022, where portable showers and toilets will be provided onsite exclusively for horse campers.
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 Famstay 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
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 RIDE
Top Horse Riding Trails On The Kāpiti Coast
Complete with picturesque beaches, gentle riverbanks, urban bridleways and vast nature reserves, the Kāpiti Coast is a horse rider’s paradise. Visit the Find Your Wild website for details on some of the most popular trails for beach and river trekking, urban rides and Hill hacking.
Here's some of the most popular riding spots:
15km | Suitable for: cycling, walking, horse riding
Ōtaki River to Ōtaki Beach
Follow the banks of the Ōtaki River on this popular walking and mountain biking trail. Walk towards the mountains or walk down to the beach. Horses are also permitted on Ōtaki River trail, with the exception of private land upstream of Chrystalls Lagoon on the northern side of river and Iwi land (Ngāti Huia ki Katihiku) on the southern river bank.
From State Highway 1 to the coast, this trail first passes a working quarry so please take care and follow the signs.
Horse float parking is available on the Eastern side of the Ōtaki River Bridge.
Chrystalls Bend Walkway
2KM | SUITABLE FOR: WALKING, horse riding, wheelchair/pram
Chrystalls Bend Walkway Ōtaki is a short and easy walk, suitable for all ages, close to both the town and river. The path is flat and gravel for the entire length. It is a tranquil walk with views to the hills of Ōtaki Gorge and the Chrystalls Lagoon, the path circles around the Lagoon and offers multiple benches to sit and enjoy the view.
This walkway passes through a working quarry, so please take care and supervise children closely. The route is open Monday to Friday 5pm to dusk, Saturday noon to dusk.
Horse float parking is available on the Eastern side of the Ōtaki River Bridge.
Waikanae River Loop
7.5km | Suitable for: cycling, walking, horse riding
Waikanae to Waikanae Beach via Waikanae River
Park on the north bank of the Waikanae River at the Tutere Street entrance by Waikanae Beach, take the gentle route along the north bank towards the old SH1. Come back towards the beach on the south bank, crossing the footbridge at Otaihanga Domain.
Look out for diverse bird life and swimming spots.
Horse float parking and mounting blocks are available at the Greenaway Rd entrance, Waikanae.
Marine Parade, Ōtaki Beach
One of the two Surf Lifesaving New Zealand patrolled beaches on the Kāpiti Coast, in the summer months Ōtaki Beach is not only fantastic for families, but it is also popular with surfers, sea kayakers, SUP boarders and boaties.
Well known for the variety of swells the beach gets due to it being north of Kapiti Island the conditions vary from glassy, flat swimming conditions to wind-swept waves. It is an ever-changing beach that offers something for everyone.
Every February Ōtaki Beach hosts the iconic Ōtaki Kite Festival when the whole beach comes alive with colourful kites, market stalls, entertainment and families galore.
Facilities next to the Surf Club include: car parking, toilets, changing rooms, BBQs and picnic tables.
At the South end of Ōtaki Beach, the stony Ōtaki River mouth and estuary area is a popular spot for fishing and provides spectacular views from the ocean to the mighty Tararua Ranges. Walkers, horse riders and intrepid cyclists can travel the almost 7km trail from the Ōtaki River to the Ohau River in the north. Alternatively, walk upriver following the 5.4km Ōtaki River trail - you're sure to find a great swimming spot along the way!
Ample horse float parking is available along Marine Parade at the end of Rangiuru Road.
Te Horo Bridleways
10-15km | Suitable for: horse riding
North Te Horo - South Te Horo
Extensive beach riding opportunities with mounting blocks provided at the beach end of Peka Peka, Sims and Te Hapua roads. From Te Horo Beach, riders can join the Waikanae to Peka Peka Loop.
Horse float parking and mounting blocks are provided at the beach end.
Waikanae Beach to Peka Peka Loop
14km | Suitable for: cycling, walking, horse riding
Waikanae Beach via Peka Peka
Park at the beach and follow Kāpiti Coastal Cycle route north to Peka Peka. Join the Kāpiti Cycle Route - Expressway south then follow Te Moana Road and Rauparaha Street back to Waikanae Beach. You can link to the Waikanae River Loop.
Take care on Paetawa and Peka Peka Roads where the footpath ends.
3.5km north of Paekākāriki. From State Highway 1, take the Mackay's Crossing exit to Queen Elizabeth Park.
Pack a picnic and enjoy a day out at this shared recreation reserve near Paekākāriki. It doubles as a working farm and network of walking, mountain biking and horse riding trails through retired pastureland, native bush, and wetlands.
With eight different trails on offer and links to the adjoining Akatarawa Forest and Queen Elizabeth Park, this is the perfect spot to pack a picnic and enjoy a day out in an area of uninterrupted natural beauty.
The mountain biking trails within the park are continually being developed by the Kāpiti Mountain Bike Club. Keys for horse bridleways are available by prior arrangement with the Kāpiti Coast District Council.
Horse float parking is available at the main farm entrance, Mackays Crossing.
WHERE TO SHOP FOR HORSE SUPPLIES
WHERE TO FIND HORSEY FRIENDS
98 Rangiuru Road, Otaki
Located only 700m from the beautiful Otaki beach, the horses at Beachbrook Stables are all very quiet and suitable for very novice riders.
Offering a number of treks including a two-hour trek along Ōtaki Beach, a one-hour trek while watching the sun sink behind Kāpiti Island. For more experienced riders Beachbrook can take you on a four-hour trek to Waikawa Beach, or hacking through dense bush at the base of the Tararua Range.
Call 027 319 4646 or message via Facebook to book.
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).
Queen Elizabeth Park, Mackays Crossing, Paraparaumu
Kāpiti Stables offer trekking, lessons, holiday programmes, grazing, equine-assisted therapy and even birthday parties from their home at Queen Elizabeth Park.
They offer a range of different trekking experiences to fit perfectly with your riding ability and confidence. Take a trek down to the war memorial, or past the tram all the way down to the beach - they even have pony experiences for our youngest of riders.
Phone +64 27 355 3046
Email: [email protected]