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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I get there?

Do I need riding experience?
What about non-riders?
What will our horses be like?
What equipment will I need?
When do you operate?
How big are your groups?
What sort of food is provided?

How do I get there?

Follow SH 16 from Auckland (off the North-Western motorway) until you reach the Helensville/Parakai roundabout. Turn left towards Parakai and continue on this road for 15km (9 miles) until you turn into Wilson Road on the left. Continue down Wilson Road to Lake Kereta. 400 metres (1/4 mile) along the lake edge you will come to cattle yards with the name "Sandpit" on the fence. This is where we operate from.

Alternatively by prior arrangement you can catch the Helensville bus from Auckland and we will meet you at the Parakai bus stop, returning you there after your ride.

Do I need riding experience?

As we do not give lessons, some previous experience and confidence on horseback is required.

What about non-riders?

If a rider has a non-riding partner we can cater for them too - they are welcome to come on the picnic lunches and share in the overnight accommodation. Or there are plenty of nearby activities for their enjoyment such as golf, natural hot pools, fishing, harbour cruising etc.

What will our horses be like?

Horses are matched to the rider's ability, and range from steady, relaxed mounts to 70kph (45mph) speedsters that love to gallop on the sands. They are a mix of breeds: appaloosa, standard breds and thoroughbred cross, all familiar with sand, sea, bush and lakes. Tack is English, and saddles are Kiwi-made stock saddles.

What equipment will I need?

- Riding trousers (jeans will do)
- Long and short-sleeved shirts
- Wool sweater and light jacket
- Riding boots or suitable shoes
- Rain gear
- Swimsuit
- Waist pouch (bumbag)
- Sunblock
- Personal toiletries

Helmets are compulsory and are provided.

When do you operate?

We operate on demand and will tailor our treks to suit you.

How big are your groups?

Our maximum is eight riders and our minimum is one. As we don't mix groups, if your group is four or more you have the guide to yourselves.

What sort of food is provided?

All meals are of the highest quality, specialising in local produce - seafood, venison, lamb, beef and seasonal fruit. Vegetarian meals can be provided on request.

 
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