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?
do I get there?
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
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.
I need riding experience?
we do not give lessons, some previous experience and confidence
on horseback is required.
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
will our horses be like?
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.
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
- Waist pouch (bumbag)
- Personal toiletries
Helmets are compulsory and are provided.
do you operate?
operate on demand and will tailor our treks to suit you.
big are your groups?
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.
sort of food is provided?
meals are of the highest quality, specialising in local produce
- seafood, venison, lamb, beef and seasonal fruit. Vegetarian meals
can be provided on request.