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5 Day Warrior Trail

About 21 Hours Horse Riding

Days
5

Pricing From
$4999

Difficulty

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Overview

Pony trekking and horse riding the trails of the ancestors, enjoy the outlook of a paramount Maori chief and visit his ancient Pa site high above the Pacific ocean. Tread the paths of his people and sleep in their sacred house. Enjoy the company of his descendents and the stories and food they share with you. Most of all enjoy the freedom of travelling on horseback in this special place.

Experience

This ride is NOT suitable for complete novice riders.

A weight limit of 95 kg applies to all riders.

Insurance MUST be taken out by all riders.

Pakiri Beach Horse Riding

Pakiri Beach Horse Riding

Pakiri Beach Horse Riding

Pakiri Beach Horse Riding

Pakiri Beach Horse Riding

Itinerary

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Day 1Arrive Pakiri

Arrive at Pakiri Beach and have an introductory pony ride along beautiful Pakiri beach. Afterwards have dinner with your hosts Laly and Sharley, descendants of Te Kiri paramount chief of Ngati Wai and his daughter Rahui, who have lived their lives farming this land or at our little cafe. Over night at the beach house or in a beach cabin. Approx 2 hours horse riding

Day 2Pakiri to Mangawhai

Depart Pakiri at 10.00am for a days riding on the beautiful white sand Pacific surf beach. Here you may be lucky enough to see wild dolphins playing in the surf and indeed ride in and swim with them. This of course cant be guaranteed but we do this occasionally!

You will ride along trails in the pine forest once used by Maori warriors in ancient times as they protected their territory here from visiting tribes. This is the trail run by the legendary runner Tau Kokopu who was as famous for his skill with the taiaha as he was for his speed running.

Lunch at the freshwater Lake Tomarata ..if the weather is fine you might like to swim your horse and cool off. Then up over Te Arai Point where the views over the beach and out to the islands Te Moana nui O Toi O tuatahi (The floats of the net of Toi in the great sea) Hauturu (Little Barrier) Aotea (Great Barrier) Mokohinau and the Taranga (Hen and Chickens) are spectacular. Over night at the Lakeview Chalets over looking Lakes Tomarata and Spectacle. Approx 5 hours horse riding

Day 3Mangawhai to Pakiri

Full day horse ride along the long white sand Te Arai beach much loved by surfers for its left hand break, ride over Te Arai Point and through the forest.

Finish your day riding along Pakiri beach and through an ancient pohutukawa glade (if you are riding in early December these gorgeous old trees will be covered in bright red blossom hence the name NZ Christmas tree) to your accommodation at Pakiri and a hearty dinner. Approx 5 hours horse riding

Day 4Pakiri to Omaha Marae

Depart Pakiri for the Maori Marae at Leigh. We climb high above the white sands of Pakiri beach to the Pa (the lookout fortress) of the paramount chief Te Kiri the ancestor of your hosts Laly and Sharley Haddon. Here you will be able to look out over the ocean to the Barrier islands and the Hen and Chickens and Coromandel and also to Rangitoto and Auckland city in the distance.

We will travel over beautiful farmland down to the little fishing township of Leigh. A short ride from there to Omaha Marae, a genuine Maori marae still run on the traditions of the past. You will all sleep the night together in the meeting house on mattresses on the floor as is the custom. You will be able to talk with the people and learn something of their history and their lives today.

If there are less than 6 people in the group we will be staying at Molly hawk Cottage a delightful bed and breakfast lodge where you may soak in a hot outdoor bath. BBQ meal. Approx 5 hours horse riding

Day 5Matakana

After a hearty breakfast you will return to Pakiri stopping for lunch at Te Kiri's Pa high above the sea. From here a steep descent to the beach where you can enjoy a brisk gallop along the sand and then ride through the dunes and along the estuary where you can see a wonderful variety of birds, up over some hilly farmland and return to Pakiri.

Afternoon tea or a cool beer and depart Pakiri. Approx 4 hours horse riding

Cost per person twin share

April 2018 - March 2020

  • NZ$4,999 

Itinerary

Open All
Day 1Arrive Pakiri

Arrive at Pakiri Beach and have an introductory pony ride along beautiful Pakiri beach. Afterwards have dinner with your hosts Laly and Sharley, descendants of Te Kiri paramount chief of Ngati Wai and his daughter Rahui, who have lived their lives farming this land or at our little cafe. Over night at the beach house or in a beach cabin. Approx 2 hours horse riding

Day 2Pakiri to Mangawhai

Depart Pakiri at 10.00am for a days riding on the beautiful white sand Pacific surf beach. Here you may be lucky enough to see wild dolphins playing in the surf and indeed ride in and swim with them. This of course cant be guaranteed but we do this occasionally!

You will ride along trails in the pine forest once used by Maori warriors in ancient times as they protected their territory here from visiting tribes. This is the trail run by the legendary runner Tau Kokopu who was as famous for his skill with the taiaha as he was for his speed running.

Lunch at the freshwater Lake Tomarata ..if the weather is fine you might like to swim your horse and cool off. Then up over Te Arai Point where the views over the beach and out to the islands Te Moana nui O Toi O tuatahi (The floats of the net of Toi in the great sea) Hauturu (Little Barrier) Aotea (Great Barrier) Mokohinau and the Taranga (Hen and Chickens) are spectacular. Over night at the Lakeview Chalets over looking Lakes Tomarata and Spectacle. Approx 5 hours horse riding

Day 3Mangawhai to Pakiri

Full day horse ride along the long white sand Te Arai beach much loved by surfers for its left hand break, ride over Te Arai Point and through the forest.

Finish your day riding along Pakiri beach and through an ancient pohutukawa glade (if you are riding in early December these gorgeous old trees will be covered in bright red blossom hence the name NZ Christmas tree) to your accommodation at Pakiri and a hearty dinner. Approx 5 hours horse riding

Day 4Pakiri to Omaha Marae

Depart Pakiri for the Maori Marae at Leigh. We climb high above the white sands of Pakiri beach to the Pa (the lookout fortress) of the paramount chief Te Kiri the ancestor of your hosts Laly and Sharley Haddon. Here you will be able to look out over the ocean to the Barrier islands and the Hen and Chickens and Coromandel and also to Rangitoto and Auckland city in the distance.

We will travel over beautiful farmland down to the little fishing township of Leigh. A short ride from there to Omaha Marae, a genuine Maori marae still run on the traditions of the past. You will all sleep the night together in the meeting house on mattresses on the floor as is the custom. You will be able to talk with the people and learn something of their history and their lives today.

If there are less than 6 people in the group we will be staying at Molly hawk Cottage a delightful bed and breakfast lodge where you may soak in a hot outdoor bath. BBQ meal. Approx 5 hours horse riding

Day 5Matakana

After a hearty breakfast you will return to Pakiri stopping for lunch at Te Kiri's Pa high above the sea. From here a steep descent to the beach where you can enjoy a brisk gallop along the sand and then ride through the dunes and along the estuary where you can see a wonderful variety of birds, up over some hilly farmland and return to Pakiri.

Afternoon tea or a cool beer and depart Pakiri. Approx 4 hours horse riding

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