Twin Coast Wicked Long Weekend

3 days of riding and spectacular scenery that will leave you wanting more

A jam-packed boutique 3-day adventure!

A wicked long weekend away in some of the most beautiful parts of NZ that you have ever imagined. Ken and Jane are lucky enough to have 2 beautiful properties in this stunning region and are able to give you a ride you will never forget. From the pristine native bush, rolling farmland to stunning coastal rides on both the east and west coasts where you will experience colours and scenery that will set your heart thumping! They are incredibly passionate about their piece of paradise and have created this 3-day boutique ride to give you the special highlights all jam-packed into 3 days.

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A breathtaking experience on happy horses

Ken and Jane’s herd of special horses are all home-bred, naturally trained, intelligent and adventure-loving. These lovely free moving horses are not your run of the mill nose to tail trekking horses. They are all very experienced, know the trails intimately and love what they do. You will have a wonderful time enjoying the freedom of cantering down the beach, through the surf and along the sandy forest trails. A variety of breeds from Clydesdale crosses to Arab and Tennessee walking horses and every colour too!

Day One – Pristine native bush and rolling farmland

After being picked up from your accommodation in Paihia you will be brought back to Retreat Ranch and be introduced to your equine partner. You will get to know your horse in the arena first and once you are happy together the adventure begins. Up onto the bush, trails to experience NZ native bush and rare groves of granddaddy Kauri Trees, expansive views over beautiful rural countryside and back to the barn via some beautiful rolling farmland. After a delicious late lunch, the journey north begins. A scenic drive up the East Coast to Ken and Janes coastal property at Henderson Bay – arriving in time for dinner.

Day Two – The Far North awaits

This is an adventure that will revive your spirit. A full day riding out to the rugged west coast, the famous 90 Mile Beach, rolling golden sand dunes and wild horses! The terrain constantly changes and surprises.

Lovely long canters on sandy forest tracks to canters down 90 Mile Beach with the fresh breeze on your face and the taste of the salt surf on your lips. Traversing imposing sand dunes and then being surprised by the appearance of wild horses – a truly magical day.

Day Three – Pink sands and turquoise seas

Imagine yourself riding down the soul-stirring Henderson Bay with its stunning colors. Nothing can prepare you for the beauty of this beach – it truly touches your soul. Exploring the beach, incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, wading in the shallows, a canter over pink sands to swim the horses before heading back to the cabins for a late lunch. Then its time to say a fond farewell to this beautiful piece of paradise and head back to Paihia for dinner. Your hosts will then return you to your accommodation in Paihia.

Fast Facts

Horse Breed

A mix of Quarter Horse, Arabian and Tennessee Walking Horse crosses, Clydesdale-Thoroughbred crosses and Warmbloods.

Pace

The pace varies from a walk right through to a canter when the terrain allows, with some long stretches of trotting and cantering along the coast.

Weight Limit

Maximum of 95kg – we can accommodate heavier riders by arrangement – please contact us.

Type of Tack

Both English and Western tack is used.

Group Size

A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 guests.

Time in Saddle

Approximately 4 to 6 hours daily.

Riding Ability

Suitable for intermediate to experienced riders. All riders MUST be confident riding outside an arena at all paces over uneven ground.

Accommodation

Comfortable twin share cabins with all linen provided and shared shower and toilet facilities. Free WIFI

Ride Length

3 days, 2 nights.

Inclusions

Twin share accommodation, horse hire, riding, meals, transfers throughout the ride, and transfers to and from Paihia on days 1 and 3.

Exclusions

International and regional flights, travel insurance (compulsory), alcohol (BYO is welcome), or airport transfers.

November 2022

Friday, 4 November 2022 - Sunday, 6 November 2022

09:00 AM - 04:00 PM (3 days)

  • $1,950.00 incl. GST

Fri 4 Nov 2022 - Sun 6 Nov 2022

09:00 AM - 04:00 PM (3 days)

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December 2022

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Friday, 9 December 2022 - Sunday, 11 December 2022

09:00 AM - 04:00 PM (3 days)

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Fri 9 Dec 2022 - Sun 11 Dec 2022

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January 2023

Friday, 20 January 2023 - Sunday, 22 January 2023

09:00 AM - 04:00 PM (3 days)

  • $1,950.00 incl. GST

Fri 20 Jan 2023 - Sun 22 Jan 2023

09:00 AM - 04:00 PM (3 days)

3 days of riding and spectacular scenery that will leave you wanting more

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February 2023

Friday, 3 February 2023 - Sunday, 5 February 2023

09:00 AM - 04:00 PM (3 days)

  • $1,950.00 incl. GST

Fri 3 Feb 2023 - Sun 5 Feb 2023

09:00 AM - 04:00 PM (3 days)

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March 2023

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Friday, 3 March 2023 - Sunday, 5 March 2023

09:00 AM - 04:00 PM (3 days)

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Fri 3 Mar 2023 - Sun 5 Mar 2023

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Friday, 31 March 2023 - Sunday, 2 April 2023

09:00 AM - 04:00 PM (3 days)

  • $1,950.00 incl. GST

Fri 31 Mar 2023 - Sun 2 Apr 2023

09:00 AM - 04:00 PM (3 days)

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Frequently Asked Questions FOR 3-Day Riding Holiday

Got questions? We have the answers

3 days 2 nights.

The horse hire includes the horse and the equipment/tack for the horse.  You will still need to bring your helmet, riding clothes and footwear.

Yes – it is possible to bring your own horse – please contact us about this – we will talk with you about it as we need to make sure that your horse is suitable to bring for the safety and the enjoyment of all on the ride.

International and regional flights, travel insurance (compulsory), alcohol (BYO is welcome).

Twin share accommodation, riding, meals, transfers throughout the ride, and transfers to and from Paihia on days 1 and 3. An ice cream at Cable Bay.

Comfortable twin share cabins with all linen provided and shared shower and toilet facilities.

Our Riding Holidays are suitable for intermediate to experienced riders. All riders MUST be confident riding outside an arena at all paces over uneven ground.

On average from 4 to 6 hours daily.

A minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 guests.

Both English and Western tack is used. The horses will be matched to you for size, and temperament and all horses have their own specially fitted saddles.

Yes – Maximum of 95kg. We can take a limited number of riders over this weight – please contact us to discuss.

The pace varies from a walk right through to a canter when the terrain allows, with some long stretches of trotting and cantering along the coast.

A mix of Quarter Horse, Arabian and Tennessee Walking Horse crosses, Clydesdale-Thoroughbred crosses and Warmbloods.

Customer Testimonials

“The Riding Holiday is going to be something I remember for the rest of my life. Hearing Ken hush us down as we popped out into this clearing to come across 41 horses all just grazing in the wild just left my heart pounding. Seeing those wild horses felt like a combination of every story I ever read as a child and every dream I ever had mucking around with my first pony and it’s hard to believe it just happened!”

Ashra McAvinue – New Zealand

“Amazing scenery and riding opportunities. I LOVED my riding holiday. Great bunch
of people and well looked after by Ken & Jane & their team. It truly was a holiday,
as I only needed to focus on my horse and myself. Highly Recommended!”

Lyn Burke – New Zealand

“Being able to immerse so fully in horses for a week with like-minded people
was such a boost for the spirit. I returned home feeling fresh and relaxed
and can’t wait to do it again!”

Katrina Barnes – Australia

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