Horse Trekking Package

You don't need to be an angler or hunter to experience the magic of Poronui. Many of our guests come simply to enjoy a riding holiday in some of the most diverse, beautiful and unspoilt scenery in New Zealand.

Why You should Experience Horse Trekking at Poronui

While the romantic frontier of the US wild west is long gone, you will find horse trekking at Poronui gives you access to the wide open spaces and untamed beauty of high country New Zealand. Often compared to a “dude ranch” in the US, Poronui is a thoroughly modern and very elegant sporting lodge were guests can experience trail rides of up to six hours a day with a professional local guide. 

Enjoy all the comforts of home, gourmet meals and fine local wines. We have also included an optional sleepover at our Safari Camp so you can get a taste of the early years in New Zealand - when immigrants settled in isolated wilderness beside wild rivers like the Mohaka and Taharua that run through Poronui.
Trail rides at Poronui can be compared to a dude ranch experience, with luxury accommodation and riding lessons as required 

What to Expect During Your Riding Holiday

Expect to ride six hours each day with a professional guide. The rides take you on grassy and pumice tracks through native beech forest, manuka scrub, pine and eucalyptus forest and open grassland. The terrain is varied from steep hill climbs to rolling valleys. Expect river and stream crossings and a swim with your horse at the end of day two. Trails and terrain are suitable for walking, trotting and cantering, even a gallop up the occasional hill for keen riders.
Poronui is a privately owned 8,200 hectare property. Ride through native beech forest, manuka scrub, pine and eucalyptus forest and open grassland. Enjoy breath taking views of the Taharua Valley, Kaimanawa and Kaweka Ranges, and Mohaka River. Gain an insight into this magnificent property and its varied history.
trail riding through a native beech forest on a horse trek at Poronui

The Riding School at Poronui

Trail rides at Poronui all set out from The Stables, our purpose built equestrian centre
The Poronui team of horses are New Zealand station bred. They are chosen for their temperament, steady gate and sure footedness. They are 
kept fit and well schooled, ensuring a comfortable ride for all. Our groom brings them in off the hills at the end of winter well in time to get them fit for the season ahead. 
Our professional riding guide comes with extensive experience in the schooling of young horses, competing and instructing. She knows the property intimately, is passionate about the outdoors and has indepth knowledge of New Zealand flora and fauna and local history.
Choose to ride in either our English or Australian Stock saddles. Helmets, gloves, boots and chaps are also provided.

The Equestrian Explorer

Day 1                       
Arrive in the afternoon
Orientation and meet your guide
Dinner at Poronui Lodge with gourmet food and fine New Zealand wines
Luxury accommodation at Poronui dude ranch style horse trekking packages
Day 2                       
Depart The Stables at 9.30am
Ride includes:     
Back Basin
Otupua Track
Safari Camp
Morning tea and picnic lunch en route
Gourmet camp-out dinner under the stars with fine New Zealand wines
Charley Horse on a trail ride at Poronui, on the Mangapa River
Day 3                       
Depart Safari Camp at 9.30am
Ride includes:     
Spas Track
Poronui Hill
Green Hill
The Stables
Morning tea and picnic lunch en route
Dinner at Poronui Lodge with gourmet food and fine New Zealand wines

Stalking wild sika in the eucalypt plantation is one of the options when horse trekking at Poronui
Day 4                       
Depart after a leisurely breakfast
This package includes:
  • Three nights share twin accommodation – two nights at Poronui Lodge and one night at our rustic-luxe Safari Camp
  • Two days guided trekking
  • Pre dinner drinks and canapés
  • Dinner at the Lodge the first and third night
  • Gourmet BBQ at the Safari Camp the second night
  • Country breakfasts
  • Picnic lunches
  • Personal laundry service
  • Transfer of bags to and from the Safari Camp
  • Profession guide / groom
  • Any gear needed
  • NZ's GST of 15%.

Additional Option

Bring your own horse. Secure paddocks available and groom to take care of your horse.
Treks available 1st September to 31st May. 
Treks operate Friday to Monday or Tuesday to Friday.
Stunning scenery in New ZEaland high country on your dude ranch experience at Poronui

Gear List

Rain jacket
Water proof leggings
Sun Block
Boot socks
To experience horse trekking at Poronui, you can make a booking inquiry by email.   Alternatively call us in New Zealand on +64 7 384 2080 or contact us by email with any questions

To discriminating anglers, Poronui is an historic fly fishing lodge where they go fishing for superb NZ brown and rainbow trout in pristine waters.

To sportsmen, Poronui is a supreme hunting lodge where they can hunt majestic deer in a hauntingly beautiful landscape. To others, Poronui is the ultimate luxury wilderness retreat, a place where they can relax or explore 16,000 acres of timeless wilderness.

To match the premier quality of the outdoor experience, Poronui offers three supremely comfortable accommodation options: the legendary Poronui fishing lodge, luxury camping down by the Mohaka river at Safari Camp or stately Blake House - the choice of celebrities, captains of industry and royalty.

Whether your passion is New Zealand fly fishing, hunting or hiking, our guests talk of the magic of Poronui – the breathtaking location, the genuine Kiwi warmth, and the camaraderie they share with guides and fellow adventurers.

Come and experience the legend of Poronui.

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