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Suggested Itinerary

The following are suggestions for how we can organise your riding holiday. Remember, it's your trek - and we are happy to change it to suit your requirements.

Day One

Met by your hosts at Auckland airport or your hotel. You are then taken to South Kaipara Head, which is one hour by road north-west of Auckland City. The drive will take you through vineyards, market garden and farm areas, and if you want to visit something along the way - say a vineyard for winetasting - we're happy to oblige.

After arrival at the farm you can spend some time familiarising yourself with your horse and tack before having dinner with your hosts. (This can change according to flight arrival times, etc.)

Day Two

First riding over farmland, then through Woodhill Forest and onto Muriwai Beach. spend an enjoyable day cantering south along this expansive beach before heading inland into the forest and farm. Back to our homestead for your evening meal.

Day Three

Forest ride to Lake Otatoa where both horses and riders can swim if desired. Lunch will be served on the shores of the lake before an afternoon of forest tracks opening to a historic 100ha (250 acre) farm. Here you will spend the night in our converted shearers' quarters, sharing the magnicent views with you hosts as you enjoy a barbeque dinner.

Day Four

This completes the northern leg of the trek as we come to the end of the peninsula, where you'll enjoy panoramic views of the largest harbour in the Southern Hemisphere. Crossing the wilderness flats you will pass by - and ride on if you want to - towering 20m high (60 foot) sand dunes. then it's out onto the beach and nothing but sand and surf. You will cover 16km (10 miles) of beach before re-entering the forest on the homeward trail.

Day Five

This depends on your itinerary - carry on riding south, head back to Auckland, or take in one of the many other attractions available in the South Head-Helensville area such as sky diving, fishing, swimming in natural thermal pools, golf, tennis - or just simply lazing!

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