Twin Coast Adventure, New Zealand

4 NightsIntermediate to AdvancedFrom $3,055 NZD?Tour costs $3,055 NZD which is approximately $2,869 AUD

Discover some of New Zealand’s best kept secrets – think wild horses, honey-yellow beaches and ancient forests – on this North Island ride.

The Twin Coast Adventure in the North Island of New Zealand (think Bay of Islands) is glowing with Globetrotting goodness. Let’s start with the stars of the show, Ken and Jane Dromgool, New Zealand’s top horse clinicians and your hosts and guides on this ride. They’re immensely passionate about their patch of paradise and super keen to share it with you.

As for your mounts, you’ll be riding naturally-trained, home-bred horses that are as brave and honest as the day is long. And for the setting, you’ll skip, trot and canter across pristine beaches on both the east and west coasts. You and your horse will slide down butter-yellow sand dunes, trit-trot through native forests of Kaui and splash through the foaming waves. You’ll sneak up on the herds of wild horses that live in the pine forest, a truly thrilling experience to encounter on a day’s riding.

Ken and Jane are lucky enough to have not one but two properties in this stunning region: their home farm, where you can get to know your horses both in the arena and on trail rides across the farm, and their beachside property at Henderson Bay. This property is right in the middle of the action, putting you just a hop, skip and a jump from some of New Zealand’s most beautiful stretches of coastline.

You won’t want to leave this pocket of untouched beauty where it’s just you, your horse and the beauty of Mother Nature. Needless to say this spectacular ride, the Twin Coast Adventure, is going to make our Globetrotting community extremely happy.

Fast Facts

  • Horse Breed:A mix of Quarter Horse, Arabian and Tennessee Walking Horse crosses, Clydesdale-Thoroughbred crosses and Warmbloods.
  • Pace:The pace varies from a walk right through to a canter when the terrain allows, with some long stretches of trotting and cantering along the coast.
  • Weight Limit:Maximum of 105kg / 230lbs *please contact us if you're above this weight for a further assessment.
  • Type of tack:Both English and Western tack is used.
  • Seasons:January to April
  • Group size:A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 8 guests.
  • Time in Saddle:On average from 4 to 6 hours daily.
  • Riding Ability:Suitable for intermediate to experienced riders. All riders MUST be confident riding outside an arena at all paces over uneven ground.
  • Accommodation:Comfortable twin share cabins on both properties with all linen provided and shared shower and toilet facilities.
  • Ride Length:5 days, 4 nights, with 4 and a half days of riding and half a day of sightseeing in the Far North of the North Island.
  • Inclusions:Twin share accommodation, riding, meals, transfers throughout the ride, and transfers to and from Paihia on days 1 and 5.
  • Exclusions:International and regional flights, travel insurance (compulsory), alcohol (BYO is welcome), or airport transfers.

 

DEPARTURE DATES & RATES

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

The price includes twin share accommodation, riding, meals, transfers throughout the ride, and transfers to and from Paihia on days 1 and 5.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?

The price does not include international or regional flights, travel insurance (compulsory), alcohol (BYO is welcome), or airport transfers.

Accepted payment is by credit or debit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all card payments.

Why is the price quoted in NZD?
With our riding destinations, the currency is dictated by our ride partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.

Itinerary

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*Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other influencing factors.

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  • Day 1

    It’s finally happening! Today you get to say ‘Kia Ora’ to the guides and horses who will take you along the North Island’s spectacular coastline! Your guides, Ken and Jane Dromgool, will pick you up from your accommodation in Paihia and bring you to their home property, where you will have morning tea and a chat as you get to know your hosts and fellow guests. You’ll then be introduced to the superb string of guests horses and paired with your equine partner for the week, based on your riding ability and size.

    To help you get to know each other in a fun and stress-free environment, you’ll have a welcome session in the arena where you’ll do some groundwork, followed by some ridden obstacle challenges and a few games. After lunch, Ken and Jane will take you on a ride over the farm, through spectacular native bush, along an historic road cut by British Soldiers in 1845 during the Maori Wars and finally to the awe-inspiring, massive, ancient Kauri trees (prepare to be impressed globetrotters). Dinner will be enjoyed out at a local restaurant in Paihia tonight (included in ride price).

  • Day 2

    After a leisurely breakfast you’ll mount up for another Kiwi farm adventure ride in the morning. Then, after a relaxed lunch, you’ll begin your journey north to Henderson Bay. You’ll be driving up the scenic east coast, where you’ll gasp at the stunning scenery of Doubtless Bay. You’ll have a mandatory pit-stop (it’s tradition) at the ice cream shop (included in the ride price), which sits near the beautiful pink sands of Cable Bay, before driving on to your beach cabins at Ken and Jane’s spectacular Henderson Bay property. Once you’ve settled in you’ll go for a sunset ride at Henderson Bay. On your forward-moving horse you’ll walk, trot and lope over the pink sand beach while absorbing the breathtaking, sprawling sand dunes. Your guides Ken and Jane will point out the remnants of the 32-metre-high tsunami that made landfall in the 1400s. If the tides work in your favour (fingers crossed), you’ll get to enjoy a moonlight ride.

  • Day 3

    TODAY is the day. The first of your wild horse rides is scheduled for this morning – after another satisfying breakfast, of course. You’ll truck the horses out to the west coast, where you’ll ride through forestry, tussocks, sand dunes, and the wild 90 Mile Beach, where you’ll stalk herds of wild horses. Oh and the BEST part: not a gate to be seen! With lunches packed in your saddle bags, you’ll enjoy a full day in the saddle. Your saddlebag-packed lunch will be enjoyed by a waterhole, hopefully observing a mob of wild horses interacting amongst each other.  Today is jam-packed full of SO MANY highlights, lovely long canters up and down the beach, sand dune riding (it’s exhilarating, let me assure you) and tiptoeing through ancient forests laden with ferns.

  • Day 4

    After a well-earned night’s rest, you’ll wake up at Henderson Bay, re-group over brekkie and do it all over again! Yep, you’ve got another day out on the west coast – more wild horses to be spotted, breathtaking scenery to be absorbed and secrets waiting to be discovered. Rest assured there is so much country on offer, you won’t ride the same trail twice. Jane and Ken will colour the ride with historical stories while pointing out native flora and fauna.  You’ll return to your beachside cabin to enjoy a hearty dinner and recap on the day’s highlights.

  • Day 5

    The final day of your riding holiday, sob! Today you get to rest your riding muscles as you enjoy the best of the local sightseeing. Your guides will drive you up to Cape Reinga, where you can observe the ‘Columbian Bank’ where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea. You’ll see the spectacular Cape Maria van Diemen and the incredible snow white sands of the Parengarenga Harbour. You’ll enjoy a leisurely swim at the beautiful Tapotupotu Bay, and boogie board down the giant Te Paki sand dunes. Or, if you prefer, you can sleep in and sit on the beach with a good book. After lunch, depending on the tide, you’ll ride to pristine Henderson Bay and swim the horses bareback in the crystal clear ocean. Finally after an early dinner, you’ll say a fond farewell to your horses and leave this patch of paradise. Your hosts will return you to your accommodation in Paihia in the evening by 9pm.

  • Transfer Information

    Transfers to and from your Paihia accommodation are included in the price (on day one and day five). To avoid travel delays, we ask that all guests arrive and stay in Paihia (at your own expense) the night before the ride begins, so you’re ready for collection between 9 – 9.30am on day one.

    On day five, please book an extra night’s accommodation in Paihia – your transfer could potentially arrive back as late as 9pm that evening. You can fly out the following day.

    All transport during the 5 days of the ride is provided.

    There are four regional flights from Auckland Domestic Airport to Kerikeri Airport daily. Otherwise you can hire a car in Auckland and drive to Paihia, which is approximately a 4.5 hour drive.

    If you’re flying into Kerikeri, we recommend hiring the local shuttle service, Super Shuttle, to reach your accommodation. You can book a shuttle service online here or phone +64 9522 5100.

    **Please note that if you’re flying into Auckland International Airport, give yourself a three hour buffer to clear customs {especially with horse riding equipment – helmets, chaps} before your regional flight.

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