New Zealand

Horseback riding in New Zealand offers an opportunity to experience the unique biodiversity of the region as  you canter along its beaches and farmland. As one of the last areas in the world settled by humans, New Zealand’s isolation allowed it to develop a wide variety of wildlife, especially unique bird species. This diversity is best experienced by horseback, as is traversing the uniquely varied topography. The horses are well-suited home bred stock crosses of Thoroughbred or Appaloosa origin that can suit riders of any ability. Enjoy comfortable accommodations and fresh local food as you explore all that New Zealand has to offer.

  Peak Season

April, May, June, July , August, September, October


  Low Season

January, February, March, November, December


  Timezone in New Zealand

GMT+13


  International Airports

Auckland Airport


Climate in New Zealand

The country of New Zealand consists of two islands which lie south of the Equator in the Pacific Ocean. The North Island has a number of large volcanoes and highly active thermal areas.

The New Zealand climate is temperate with no real extremes. The seasons, though distinct, are reverse of those in the United States. Their spring arrives in October and the fall season in April. It is important to remember that New Zealand’s climate is controlled by the prevailing ocean winds, which means the weather can change with amazing rapidity and consequence. The ocean winds provide a cool, moist climate.

In July, the coldest month, temperatures rarely dip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (frosts are rare). In the warmest months, January and February, 75 degrees Fahrenheit is normally the highest temperature.

  Average Temperature

75 °F » 40 °F


 


North Island Ride

The sparsely populated islands of New Zealand have magnificent, unspoiled scenery and make a superb destination for a horseback riding vacation. Our tour takes place just two hours out of Auckland so you can easily stop there on the way to or from Australia. This program can be custom tailored to do virtually anytime your schedule permits.  The temperate climate makes it possible to ride there any month of the year. Maoris, the original settlers, were a Polynesian people... Read more

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The incredible hospitality of the Hosts should be commended. The horses were excellent and perfectly matched to the riders, truly an awesome experience.

Maggie Wright

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