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.
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.
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.
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.
Our most popular ride for riders of all abilities. The Paton’s 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.
There are few things quite as magical as swimming with your horse in the ocean. Enjoy the scenic beauty of Golden bay as we ride down to Paton’s Rock Beach, untack and feel the waves flow underneath you as you swim in crystal clear water.
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.
Our sunset 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 eve spot some glow-worms on your way back.
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 3 and as mature as 90 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.
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.
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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.
Rangihaeata is a beach – headland- eastuary- esplanade – reserve ride. Wow- It will take you 4 hours and is a stunner regarding changing landscape, nature and great beaches. We cross the Onahau River and come along Maori heritages. Stories to tell and memories to collect.
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 then ride on home before the next high tide.
Weather and tide dependent.
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.
guests out on their horses exploring Golden Bay on our full day rides
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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.
Your itinerary is up to you! Have a chat to us, we love building the ultimate riding holiday with a focus on the things you love most!
We can also help you put together the perfect complimentary local sightseeing itinerary on request.
We provide all the essentials you might expect in a fully equipped kitchen- Coffee, Tea, Butter, milk, bread etc.
However we don’t provide any cooked meals. Bring your own food and store it in the fridge or check out some of the great local food establishments.
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.
We’re so excited to help you build your dream horse riding holiday! For every day of our multi-day stay you’ll have the option of either 2 short rides/lessons or one full day ride every day, as well as accommodation.
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