Horse Riding Holidays with a difference

Guided Trail rides on horseback in Golden Bay NZ

Here at Hack n Stay, we’re passionate about sharing the magic of connected horse riding in Golden Bay. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced rider, we have a horse trek suited to you!

We offer riders of all experience levels opportunities to learn more about the foundations of good horsemanship whilst experiencing stunning coastal scenery of Golden Bay on horseback. With a focus on teaching light and balanced riding, our guided holistic horse riding experiences are so much more than just a trail ride. 

empowering – rebalancing – finessing 

Our professionally guided horse treks provide and safe and fun environment to further your riding knowledge, build confidence and challenge yourself.  Whether you’re looking for a Short Ride to sample the beauty of Golden Bay on horseback or an extended Full Day Ride to fully immerse yourself in the local culture, cuisine and stunning coastal scenery – we have a variety of options just for you!

Here at Hack n Stay we also offer Vaulting Lessons and Experiences for riders of all ages and abilities. If you’re interested in finding your balance, building your confidence and connecting with a horse in this unique manner check out our Vaulting Experiences.

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Short Rides

Sample the beauty of Golden Bay on Horseback

Our short trail rides offer riders of all experience levels and ages the opportunity to learn about the magic of connected and balanced riding, whilst experiencing the beauty of Paton’s Rock Beach. We have options available for the whole family and cater rides for complete Beginners through to Experienced Riders.

Hack/Fairy Track

The perfect introduction to balanced riding for riders of all ages, the Hack Track is a 1.5h ride through our rolling farm country. Ride through native forests, with great views of the ocean and enough ups and downs to challenge new riders.

Patons Rock Beach Ride

Our most popular ride for riders of all abilities. The Patons Rock Beach ride takes you through our famous Hack Track down to the beach where will you be able to explore the scenic coastal vistas.

Swimming with Horses

There are few things quite as magical as splashing and playing with your horse in the ocean. Enjoy the scenic beauty of Golden bay as we ride down to Patons Rock Beach, untack and feel the waves flow underneath you as you ride in crystal clear water.Weather dependant

Full Moon Ride

These special rides are only available a few times a year when the full moon rises early over the ocean. Watch the sun sink behind the ocean before seeing the waves glistening in the moonlight. 

Sunrise/Sunset Ride

Our twilight rides take you through native forest and rolling farm country before hitting the beach and watching the sun paint the sky red as it sets behind the waves. If the conditions allow, you may even spot some glow-worms on your way back.

More info

For the wellfare of our horses and due to the challenging terrain of our rides, Our weight limit for all rides is 90kg

Depending on riding experience and fitness level we may make exceptions. 

If you are over our weight limit, we do have a few alternatives that will still allow you to join us for a ride down along the flat section of the beach. 

We don’t believe in age being a limiting factor for a horse ride. If you’re capable of sitting independently, our team of highly trained horses can take you for a ride. We’ve had riders as young as 2.5 and as mature as 92 and all have had a fantastic time in a safe environment. 

We believe your horse experience with us is so much more than simply time in the saddle. All of our ride times include catching and getting to know your horses, brushing and feeding them as a thank you afterward. We find guests love the opportunity to bond with their horse and then further their connection in the saddle.

We recommend wearing comfortable long trousers (No zip-offs) and closed shoes. A loose long sleeve shirt is also a good idea to protect yourself against the harsh sun. If you’ve booked a swimming ride, bring your swimmers along too.

Our rides are catered to your individual abilities so even in mixed experience groups, we allow opportunities for controlled trots and occasional canters on the beach dependent on your guide’s confidence in your riding ability. Young riders ( under 16) do we only allow trotting. Parents  joining appreciated 

If you have a bigger group than availability allows, give us a call or flick us an email about your party. We’d love to accommodate your group and with some prior notice we will do our best to organize the guides and horses required for your ride. 

Unfortunately not, your dog can hang out in one of our sheltered dog runs or shady places.

of course, we do have tea and coffee in the farmhouse 

Yes, drive back to the Highway and turn left, next left and left again to 272 Patons Rock Road / Bydder Reserve.

Walk 50m to the left

You can spot the hoof prints in the sand. We will come out and back there the same way.

Have more questions?

@hacknstay. Always a big pleasure to ride in the sea on such a hot and calm day
our Swimming Trail
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Swimming in the lake with Chloe the Clyde.  #purenewzealand #swimmingwithhorses #photobomb #funnyanimals #hacknstay  #goldenbaynz #abelrasman
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Hot Summer Morning trail with different experience levels  #swimmingwithhorses #goldenbaynz #abeltasman #ridingonthebeach #rusty #mcduff #brownacre #redwing #brunner #arnie #buddy #hacknstay
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Hug your horses
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A great birthday present from the son.
Ridng together into the sun.
Forever memories 
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Guests enjoying their short ‘hacktivities’ with @hacknstay

Full Day Rides

Immerse yourself in the splendour of the Tasman Region.

Perfect for experienced riders looking to make the most of their time on horseback, our full day horse treks combine the best of all worlds as we immerse you in the rich culture, history and stunning natural environment Golden Bay has to offer. From riding through ancient Kahikatea forests to riding through to the famous Mussel Inn for a beer and some local cuisine, these rides are the best way to really experience Golden Bay.

Rangi' Ride

Rangihaeata is a beach – headland- estuary- esplanade – reserve ride. Wow- It will take you 4 hours and is a stunner regarding changing landscape, nature, birds and great beaches. We cross the Onahau River and come along Maori heritages. Stories to tell and memories to collect.

Mussel Inn - Ale Trail

The Ale Trail is an interesting ride along the beach and past headlands with 2 river crossings.  We can tie the horses up at the Mussel Inn hitching rail, we’ll shout you a drink and snack then ride on home before the next high tide. 

Weather and tide dependent.   

we can pick you up by car from the Mussel Inn – if it is to long  or you’d rather have another home brew there 🙂 

Collingwood Discovery

A stunningly good ride along the beach to  the quaint village of Collingwood. Along the way we ride through unique art displays, rock formations and have plenty of opportunities to stretch our legs. Here we can visit the cafes, get a drink or a beer in the village before heading back via float or through the changing light of this wonderful tidal landscape. Just for experienced riders, tide and weather dependent.    

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Bringing horses home from the #aletrail #musselinnz  #goldenbaynz #donnie #nelsontasman  #abeltasman #hacknstay #hackfarm
Stunning and calm day, we rode all the way to Collingwood for lunch #courthousecafecollingwood  #collingwood #goldenbaynz #nelsontasmannz #purenewzealand #abeltasman #explorenewzealand  #manuka #hacknstay
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Always a big pleasure to ride with very experienced riders.
our 4h Rangi Trail 
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Golden Bay from a different perspective
Along the Ale Trail to the Mussel Inn
Awesome company and coastal scenery 
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#arnie and #leonard riding past the remnants of an ancient Kahikatea forest on our 4 hour #rangiride. 
So much to see and experience on the Rangihaeata Headland and it's diversity of coastal tidal landscapes.
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#Rangihaeata is a favourite destination for guides, #horses and guests. Thought we'd share this little slice of heaven of us cantering on reflected clouds on this wonderful #rangiride.
Thank you for an awesome ride, so great to see the horses have so much fun!
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Early morning Rangihaeata Headland ride
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What a stunning morning ride at #Rangihaeata Beach
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Lovely to see happy riders 🤗 Southland rider on the Rangihaeata Headland ride today #luke #rangiride

guests out on their horses exploring Golden Bay on our full day rides 

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@hacknstay. Always a big pleasure to ride in the sea on such a hot and calm day
our Swimming Trail
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#abeltasman #nelsontasmannz #newzealand #purenewzealand #horseridingholidays
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Twilight at its best #sunriseride #ridegoldenbay #purenz #abeltasman #mcduff #donnie #saffie #hacknstay #goldenbaynz
Sunrise at its best #sunriseride #abeltasmantrack #hacknstay #hackfarm #goldenbaynz  #nelsontasman #ice #mcduff #saffie #donnie #truenz
#patonsrockbeachride #brownacre #ice #rideon #ridegoldenbay #abeltasman #purenz #newzealand #goldenbaynz
A Happy Neigh -Year 2024,  thanks to all riders 2023 for making our job so brilliant #horseridingnz #goldenbaynz #brilliant23 #hacknstay #abeltasman #newzealand
The creeks turned into rivers today #riversea #redwing #patonsrockbeachride #abeltasman #ridegoldenbay #hacknstay #purenz #newzealand #goldenbaynz
What a great ride with lots of kids today #patonsrockbeachride #abeltasman #hacknstay #goldenbaynz #redwing #rusty #campingnz #horsesofinstagram #pferd #horsepower
#arnie #patonsrockbeachride #goldenbaynz #foodie #hacknstay
Bringing horses home from the #aletrail #musselinnz  #goldenbaynz #donnie #nelsontasman  #abeltasman #hacknstay #hackfarm
First time on a horse, they nailed it #patonsrockbeachride #BrownAcre #ice #horsestay #goldenbaynz #nelsontasmannz #purnewzealand #newzealand #
#arnie #haflinger #goldenbaynz
Moe the farm dog 😃 #swimmingwithhorses #hacknstay #goldenbaynz #purenewzealand #abeltasman #chloe #funfarm
Swimming in the lake with Chloe the Clyde.  #purenewzealand #swimmingwithhorses #photobomb #funnyanimals #hacknstay  #goldenbaynz #abelrasman
Stunning and calm day, we rode all the way to Collingwood for lunch #courthousecafecollingwood  #collingwood #goldenbaynz #nelsontasmannz #purenewzealand #abeltasman #explorenewzealand  #manuka #hacknstay
Easy trail along #patonsrockbeach #goldenbaynz #ridegoldenbay #hacknstay #beachhorse #beachhorseriding #abeltasman #newzealand #nelsontasman
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Friends forever
Yay - The frogs are back at our farm. We enjoy feeding the tadpoles

Multi-Day Experiences

A bespoke horse riding holiday, designed by you specifically for you.

So often we hear guests say that they wish they could have spent more time learning to connect with their horse and exploring wonders of Golden Bay’s Beaches on horseback.

We created a flexible package designed to help you create your own adventure around what you most want to get out of your time with us. Spend your day’s Vaulting, Riding or Learning Horsemanship with comfortable Accommodation in our homestead included.

Frequently Asked Multiday Questions

In a nutshell, our multiday packages are loaded with incredible value, including comfortable accommodation in our homestead as well as 1 full day of horseback activities per Night.

This could either be 2 activities/lessons from our short ride section or one full day ride.

Activities are tide dependant, we create an itinerary for the group but it can be adjusted based on the riders experience levels and the weather. Have a chat to us about what you would like to do most during your stay.

This group activity is possible from February -December.

We can also help you put together the perfect complimentary local sightseeing itinerary on request. 

Yes! We can cater for vegetarians & vegans as well. We provide 3 meals per day as well as all the essentials you might expect in a fully equipped kitchen- Coffee, Tea, Butter, milk, bread etc.

You are welcome to cook your own meals if you prefer, we also have some great local bars and restaurants within 15minutes drive. 

Yes of course! Please call us to discuss this option. 

Yes, your dog can stay at the farm while you are out riding. We do have dog runs and sheltered areas for your canine. Just make sure that our farm dog Moe and your Dog are introduced on a leash before you let your dog out of your car. Moe can be territorial with new ‘intruders’ 🙂

Booking Request Form

Please note that all our rides are subject to tide times and weather. Please fill in all the details below and we will get back to you with the perfect time for your horse riding experience.